The California Strategic Growth Council (SGC) has announced its third and final round of Urban Greening grants here. A total of $20 million is available to help develop a master urban greening plan that will result in projects that create healthy communities. All entities seeking to apply for project grants will be required to submit a concept proposal in February 2013.
A program of the Bruner Foundation, the Rudy Bruner Award for Urban Excellence is designed to celebrate urban places that are distinguished by quality design and their social and economic contributions to American cities. Award winners offer creative place-making solutions that transcend the boundaries between architecture, urban design, and planning, and showcase innovative thinking about the nation's cities. The purpose of the award is to discover places that embody design excellence inclusive of social, economic, and environmental factors.
On October 16, HUD released data from the 2011 American Housing Survey (AHS). The AHS is conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau and contains data on the characteristics of housing units across the country. The survey has been conducted on a biennial basis since 1973 and in 2011 it covered about 55,000 housing units. The survey sample includes both occupied and vacant units.
The Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) released a toolkit, “Supportive Housing: An Intervention for Ending Homelessness,” intended for public housing agencies (PHAs) interested in using supportive housing to end homelessness in their communities. The toolkit provides suggestions on how PHAs can better serve families experiencing homelessness, offering local examples, sample documents and other items intended to help guide the development of supportive housing.
SAN FRANCISCO, CA, October 1, 2012—Susan J. Neufeld has been named Vice President of Resident Programs and Services for BRIDGE Housing, effective October 22, 2012. In this newly created position, Ms. Neufeld will manage the expansion of services and programs that serve residents in BRIDGE communities. BRIDGE is a leading nonprofit developer, owner and manager of affordable housing.
With a unanimous vote on August 7, the board overseeing the dissolution of the City of Industry redevelopment agency took an important step toward preserving the “City of Industry Funds,” a crucial source of funding for affordable housing in the Los Angeles region. Since the program began in the mid-1990s, over $200 million has been allocated for the development of more than 10,000 units of affordable housing.
The Housing Element examines current and future housing needs and identifies public and private solutions to increase safe, decent and affordable housing and housing choice in the County’s unincorporated communities. The Housing Element is a State-mandated component of the County’s General Plan. The Housing Element Update is due to the State Department of Housing and Community Development in October 2013. This is your chance to be heard!
California Tax Credits of $553, 295 are available to support over $2.75 million in community development investments in the COIN certified CDFI's. Under the program, investors receive a tax credit worth 20 percent of their investment in one of the COIN certified CDFIs and can apply the credit to the state personal income tax, corporation tax or insurer premium tax. For more information click here.
The Innovative Ideas Challenge (IIC) is a new grant-making program available to organizations from communities not funded under the Building Healthy Communities plan. We're seeking to fund innovative ideas to address the persistent and emerging health issues that impact underserved communities in California. Specifically, IIC seeks to identify and fund promising practices that are aligned with the 10 outcomes or 4 big results from the Building Healthy Communities plan.