How the Dutch Lead the Way in Senior Housing Innovation

In my short career in social housing, I have noticed that many programs revolve around helping work able households improve self-sufficiency. There is a national program (FSS) just to do that in coordination with housing programs. However; housing providers often serve a large number of senior and disabled households. While there are a number of great examples... Continue Reading →

Social Housing in the German City of Mannheim

I visited the city of Mannheim Germany in October to speak with both city officials and social housing staff about affordable housing in this mid-sized German city. I met with Arno Knobel who works for the city of Mannheim.  He focuses his attention on strategic issues including urban renewal and long term planning.  For instance... Continue Reading →

Leipzig or Hypezig?- Housing and Recovery

The city of Leipzig is an interesting case study in rapid population decline, slow steady growth and change/maturation of the housing market.   Leipzig as a city is becoming a sexy trend in many magazines and newspapers that claim it is now the place where people should be moving.  Many citizens believe the press is nothing... Continue Reading →

Communism is Over- Now What?

Communism is over.  Now what?  I can imagine that is what the leaders of Estonia thought as the massive structural changes begin to take place in the country.  Estonia more than many other former Warsaw Pact countries pulled this transformation off while maintain a steady increase in the quality of live for years on end.  But,... Continue Reading →

Social Housing in Hamburg Part II:

Anyone who visited Hamburg knows it is a world class city.  The city is bustling and the food, entertainment and nightlife are top notch.  Like any great city, it is made by the people that live there.  A city cannot reach its full potential without a diverse population.  Different ages, income levels, races, ethnicities all... Continue Reading →

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