The first in a series this Spring of public lectures given by practitioners and scholars in conjunction with a class on housing finance and equity offered by MIT’s Department of Urban Studies and Planning.
Since last year, there are signs that rental demand has slowed and rents have stopped rising (and may even be falling in some areas). At the same time, many lower-income renters still struggle to pay the rent, especially because pandemic-related assistance programs have ended.
The work done by community-based organizations in both historically Black neighborhoods and in “middle neighborhoods” in several Mountain West communities will be the focus of presentations by the two students who were Gramlich Fellows in Community and Economic Development in 2022.
Most older Americans want to “age in place,” yet many lack the “place” they need. Land use restrictions or local resistance to affordable, accessible homes stymie efforts to build places that work for people as they age or who have disabilities. Private-market options geared to wealthy adults are not the solution for the typical, moderate-income older American. How do we build consensus around investing in the “place” in aging in place and recognize affordable, accessible homes as community assets?