The lack of affordable housing for the growing senior population in the United States is a looming crisis and deserves more attention and resources from both the private sector and government, according to a leading advocate for aging issues. But affordable senior housing can become a platform for integrating services for low-income seniors and be an economic driver in communities by more efficiently delivering health care and other long-term support.
Backing sympathetic elected officials, focusing on the human impacts of the housing shortage, and mobilizing nonvocal supporters for new projects are all effective ways to overcome NIMBY-ism over affordable housing projects, a panel of advocates said during the ULI Housing Opportunity 2017 Conference in New Orleans.
Lowell, Massachusetts received a major boost in ongoing efforts to transform into a center of innovation when Kronos—a homegrown Massachusetts workforce management software and services company—decided to relocate its global headquarters, taking a half-million square feet (46,500 sq m) close to the city’s revitalized downtown.
Thirty-two professionals in real estate development, planning, design, engineering, finance, and health care from across the country have been selected to participate in the first cohort of the ULI Health Leaders Network, a new program designed to empower real estate and land use professionals with the skills, knowledge, and networks to improve health outcomes in their professional practice and communities. The Health Leaders Network is supported by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, the Colorado Health Foundation, and ULI Foundation governor Randall Lewis.
Longtime ULI leader Nina J. Gruen, who pioneered the use of behavioral research to predict market demand for commercial and residential real estate, passed away on September 15, 2017. She was 83. Gruen and her husband, Claude Gruen, joined ULI in 1971, not long after founding Gruen Gruen + Associates, a renowned San Francisco–based firm that continues to provide research-based consulting and implementation services to the real estate industry and public land use and planning policy makers. Gruen, who remained active in ULI throughout her career, was elected as the Institute’s first female trustee in 1982, and was named an honorary member in 1996.
More investors are warming up to the notion that mixed-income development can also be a relatively low-risk venture that offers a stable rate of return.
With California’s net-zero-energy mandate on the horizon—requiring new homes to generate as much power as they consume—a team made up of KB Home, KTGY Architecture + Planning, and publisher Hanley Wood late last year provided a glimpse of what they thought a home of the future might look like.
Venture capitalists are jumping into the growing market for technology-based solutions for the affordable housing issues that communities around the globe are facing.
ULI’s Building Healthy Places Initiative has announced the 2017 participants in the ULI/Randall Lewis Health Mentorship Program, which is generously supported by Randall Lewis, a ULI trustee. Participants are matched with ULI full members and will attend a product council meeting and the Building Healthy Places Interest Forum.
State governments, in partnership with cities and other local jurisdictions, can and should do more to promote housing development and choice through smarter local land use policies and incentives, according to a new ULI report.