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Fair & Affordable Housing: Lessons and Challenges at the County, City, and Neighborhood Scale

Watch the recording of our May webinar and get answers to the submitted questions that we didn't have time to answer here!

Fourth Economy hosted an interactive conversation on housing with representatives from three different communities of varying scales, including:

  • Martha Faust, Redevelopment Manager at Ramsey County, MN - Addressing affordable housing and equity at a county scale

  • David Brewton, Senior Director of Real Estate at Hazelwood Initiative in Pittsburgh, PA - Managing affordable housing on a neighborhood scale while facing significant development pressure

  • Amy Snider, Assistant to the City Manager in Harrisonburg, VA - Addressing affordable housing in a college town with a large population of student renters

Christine Mondor, Principal at evolveEA, and Marjorie Willow, Principal at Mullin & Lonergan Associates, also shared their perspectives as consultants.

Watch the recording below:

We also wanted to provide answers to the questions that were submitted that we did not have time to answer on the call. If you have any other comments or questions, please email us engage@fourtheconomy.com.

Submitted Questions

I would love to hear the panelists' thoughts on the role that energy efficiency and healthy Indoor Air Quality (IAQ) play in affordable housing.

  • Ramsey County has incorporated a number of energy efficiency elements in our plan for the twin purposes of climate resilience and driving down energy costs for landlords, tenants, and homeowners.

What are best practices or case studies of working with cross-sector partners (e.g. healthcare or public health)?

  • Ramsey County is working on integrating principles related to access to healthy food + access to recreational amenities/trails for healthy living.

  • Louisville, KY: The Louisville Metro Health Dept was a key player in the creation of the 2019 Louisville Housing Needs Assessment. One of the recommendations in the housing plan was a health dept recommendation: "Utilize Health Impact Assessments for new neighborhood developments to evaluate their effect on the intended beneficiaries. Instituted by the Center for Health Equity, these assessments can be scaled according to the size and type of development, ranging from the installation of new park benches to a large mixed-income residential development. The Assessment includes an evaluation and monitoring component and, most significantly, would provide the public with a greater opportunity to comment on projects that may not require a public meeting before the Planning Commission."

Are you aware of any local governments that have successfully established and utilized a trust fund to fund affordable housing?

There are a number of resources on governments with trust funds: