Reconnecting America Chief of Staff Allison Brooks will be participating in a panel discussion of TOD financing tools at the 2012 Annual Housing California Conference in Sacramento on April 11. The panel, "Fresh Financing Tools to Support Affordable Homes and Equitable Transit-Oriented Development" will discuss tje omplex new partnerships between nonprofit community development organizations, government, philanthropic foundations, and community and private lenders who are merging to provide much-needed financing for mixed-income, transit-oriented development in regions around the United States. Funds created by these new partnerships are innovative tools in addressing the unique set of challenges posed by transit-oriented development, including limited land supply and higher costs in transit-rich areas, the need for higher-risk and more-patient capital, and local land-use and policy support for workforce housing and mixed-use development.
Reconnecting America Chief of Staff Allison Brooks will be one of the featured speakers May 4 in Los Angeles at Funders Network Southern California Funders Convening "Regional Innovations in Southern California: Building Equitable Communities."
Reconnecting America will be participating in the two-day Partners in Innovation National Symposium in Denver. The symposium will examine the challenges and opportunities for developing and sustaining Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) that includes housing opportunities affordable to working families and families with low- and moderate-incomes and also explore the connection between rental housing preservation and transit. Reconnecting America Chief of Staff Allison Brooks will moderate a panel discussion of the success of Portland and the Bay Area in developing TOD affordable to families across a range of incomes. She will also moderate a discussion of Public Agencies, Partnerships and Preserving Affordability. Reconnecting America's Program Director Catherine Cox Blair will participate in a panel discussion of Interagency Coordination at the State and Local Level. She will also moderate a panel discussion of the Developers Perspective: Green Affordable Housing. …
Reconnecting America President & CEO John Robert Smith will be participating in Transportation for America's traveling "Thinking Outside the Farebox: Creative Approaches to Financing Transit Project" project. With local sponsors, Transportation for America is holding workshops on federal transit financing in a post-earmark era, bringing together high level officials from the U.S. Department of Transportation, national transportation financing experts, and leaders from other regions with transit success stories. Workshops will be held in St. Petersburg, FL (Sept. 19), and Seattle, WA (Oct. 4). These events are open to the public. For more information, contact Russ Brooks with Transportation for America at firstname.lastname@example.org and 202-955-5543 x211.
Reconnecting America was honored to learn that the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has recognized the Bay Area Transit-Oriented Affordable Housing Fund (TOAH) as an honorable mention recipient of the 2012 National Award for Smart Growth Achievement in the category of Programs and Policies for TOAH’s work to provide financing for affordable housing development and community services throughout the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area.
Transit-oriented development focuses on planning housing and transportation together. How does this benefit older adults? How can we preserve affordable housing near transit? Which communities around the country are doing it right?
AARP Senior Strategic Policy Advisor Rodney Harrell explains in this video, "Preserving Affordability and Access in Livable Communities: Subsidized Housing Opportunities near Transit and the 50+ Population." Visit AARP for more videos on this subject or read the accompanying report co-written by Rodney Harrell, Todd Nedwick of NHT, and Allison Brooks of Reconnecting America here.
Today Housing California released its evaluation of Prop 1C TOD housing program funding. The Housing and Emergency Shelter Trust Fund Act (Proposition 1C), passed by California’s voters in 2006, authorized $2.85 billion in general obligation bonds to fund 13 housing and development programs. The program allocated funding over two years but unfortunately those were the same years that the housing market crashed and many of the projects have yet to be constructed.