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 →

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 →

Hiring Homeless to Give City Tours

It is February and the streets are quite compared to the summer.  However; there are a number of tourists bustling around Barcelona taking in the sunshine, wine, food and culture.  The city altered itself into one of the most dynamic and stylish capitals in the world. Year-round the city is alive, it is always on... Continue Reading →

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