Co-housing is more popular in Europe than in the U.S., but some say the community-style living arrangement could gain momentum here as baby boomers age and seek to downsize and share resources, and as they look for alternatives to more institutional forms of senior housing. Zoning codes could represent a challenge, however.
The micro-apartment trend is catching on in big cities across the U.S. as urban dwellers seek affordable places to live. Some neighbors, however, are pushing back against the tiny apartments, saying their high densities will cause traffic and parking problems and that they bypass the regulatory scrutiny that traditional developments must face.
An increasing proportion of working families in the U.S. are spending more than half their paychecks on housing costs, according to a report from the Center for Housing Policy. In Washington, D.C., however, the percentage of families in that category is shrinking.
Just six of Rhode Island's 39 cities and towns have met the requirements of the federal and state housing mandate of 10% affordable housing. "One of the problems with meeting the mandate and bringing municipalities into compliance is that there has been very little market-rate construction," said Kevin Flynn, associate director of Rhode Island Statewide Planning.
Texas budget writers plan to spend $134 million that the state received from a 2012 national foreclosure settlement on general budget expenditures, not housing-related programs. Housing advocates are criticizing the decision, which other states also have made.