Homeownership Means Doing It Yourself
An affordable homeownership program that began with residents
rolling up their sleeves and digging into hard work has evolved
to become more efficient and effective. Franklin Countys
Paul Douglas explains why Rural Development Inc. got started
and how its on-the-job learning has led to changes.
Participation in Brownfields
Brownfields are problems for many communities. But they also
can be opportunities. Laura Solitare of Rutgers University describes
her research on what engages people in redeveloping the brownfields
located in their neighborhoods. Her research relies on four
case studies in Boston and four in Houston.
Enterprising Is Housing Next in Company Benefits?
The call for employers to offer housing benefits has been
made in Greater Boston but to little avail so far.
Looser labor markets and lack of familiarity with a new concept
are some reasons why employers are hesitant. What are the
prospects for employer assisted housing and what is being
done to spark enthusiasm?
First Person A Community Development Work in Progress
Why would a banker who liked what he was doing consider a
job with more bureaucracy? Michael Finnegan tells of his switch
to the Maine State Housing Authority and how he and his colleagues
are focusing attention on Maines key community development