Members Making News - October 2012

Home Forward has been chosen by Multnomah County to serve as lead developer for the $38.5 million county health building that will be located next to Bud Clark Commons—a project the housing authority developed that includes low income apartments, a men’s shelter, and a resources center for the homeless. (Oct 31)

The U-T San Diego reported at the end of October that Mission Apartments, a $27 million housing development for low- and very-low income families in San Diego, had been completed and fully rented out. The 85-unit complex is the result of a public-private partnership including the San Diego Housing Commission. See grand opening video. (Oct 30)

Citing “management’s improving operational and oversight efforts in recent years,” Standard & Poor’s Ratings Services raised the Newark Housing Authority’s issuer credit rating from A-minus to A-plus with a stable outlook in late October. (Oct 29)

WCREW Award
Based on criteria including job creation, creative use of space, positive impact on community, and return on investment, the Wisconsin Commercial Real Estate Women honored the Housing Authority of the City of Milwaukee’s Westlawn Revitalization with a “Judges’ Choice Impact Award” at their annual Showcase Awards on October 18. Building Wisconsin, an independent TV program, produced an episode featuring the Westlawn Revitalization. (Oct 18)

Oakland Housing Authority's Tassafaronga Village was featured in an October 10 New York Times article extolling the positive impact of good design on affordable housing communities. "The new village is a dense, colorful, environmentally friendly mix of 157 rental apartments and 22 single-family town houses," which experienced "a 25 percent drop in crime compared with 2007 in the old housing complex." (Oct 10)

Elm City Communities and its partners have launched a series of voter-registration drives in their family developments to educate and engage residents ahead of the election. (Oct 2)

SDHC Publication Cover
The San Diego Housing Commission has published Creating Affordable Housing Through Public Housing Conversion, a comprehensive report to mark the fifth anniversary of a landmark agreement with HUD to transfer 1,366 housing units to SDHC—the largest ever approved public housing conversion at the time. (Oct 2)

The Housing Authority of Cook County has announced plans to create more than 1,350 new affordable housing units in 2012. Of these, 1,000 will be for Section 8 voucher holders and 150 will be designated for homeless veterans. (Oct 2)

The Charlotte Housing Authority’s redeveloped Charlottetown Terrace received LEED Gold certification--a first in the nation for a 100 percent public housing high-rise and for a residential high-rise in North Carolina. Charlottetown Terrace was named the Multi-Family Community of the Year by Multi-Housing News. (Oct 2)

A purchase and sale agreement has been signed for the first private development at the Seattle Housing Authority's Yesler Terrace, which will undergo one of the city's most ambitious neighborhood revitalizations. (Oct 2)