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Report highlights areas of growth and opportunity in the future of housing.
(Published Apr 8, 2013)
Barry Ziggas, member of the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) Housing Committee, spoke to a group of housing developers and advocates at an event on Thursday, April 4. The event was organized by Minnesota Housing Partnership. It also featured Congressman Keith Ellison and Minnesota Housing Finance Agency Commissioner Mary Tingerthal.
The recommendations of BPC's Housing Commission are the culmination of a 16-month process that engaged 21 individuals from varying backgrounds.
The plan calls for reforms that would establish a new performance-based system for delivering federal rental assistance with greater devolution of responsibilities to state and local providers. The commission also proposes shifting existing resources to assist more effectively the most vulnerable households, and to preserve and expand the Low Income Housing Tax Credit program to increase the supply of affordable rental housing.
For first-time home buyers, the report emphasizes the importance of housing counseling as a means of preparing for home ownership. The commission also recommends proposals to enable seniors to “age in place” safely and affordably while integrating housing with health care and other programs. And for the one-third of Americans who live in rural areas, the commission recommends continued support for home ownership and rental assistance in those communities.
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