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SCDC and Local News

  • MEETING: The SCDC Board of Directors will hold their next monthly meeting on Monday, April 21 at noon at the Paxton Manor, 422 Andrews St.
  • Affordable Housing SupportSea Mart donationRoger Hames, CEO of Hames Corp., right, presents a $5,000 check to the Sitka Community Development Corporation Executive Director Mim McConnell and Board President Randy Hughey to help create affordable housing in Sitka, through a Community Land Trust. The money was a "challenge grant" that SCDC received after a matching $5,000 was raised; Rich Riggs of Silver Bay Seafood, Duke and Mae Dunsing, Mike Venneberg, Bonnie Brenner and Gary Smith of Schmolck Mechanical collectively donated the matching $5,000.

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Affordable Housing News

  • I've been hearing talk from some Sitkans about creating more "urban" housing so folks can have a walkable lifestyle here. Below are some thoughts about how likely that change will occur in the near future. What If the Housing Bust Wasn’t a Game-Changer? by EMILY BADGER. This opens off-site.
  • Is it cheaper to rent or buy? Check out this online calculator.

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Funding Affordable Housing

There are virtually no negative policy implications to providing funding for affordable housing. Here are some bullet points from a Center for Housing Policy brief. Affordable housing policies:
  1. Create jobs: Investing in the development of affordable housing creates a significant number of construction-related jobs, and new residents support additional jobs in other sectors going forward.
  2. Attract both employers and employees. Surveys and supporting research show that both employers and workers understand the importance of affordable housing in attracting and retaining a skilled workforce.
  3. Increase consumer spending. Building affordable housing increases the buying power of both those involved in its construction and those who occupy it afterward.
  4. Increase government revenues. The taxes and fees associated with the development of affordable housing – both during the construction and after the homes are occupied – can represent significant revenue for state and local governments.
  5. Lower the risk of foreclosure. Affordable homeownership programs appear to produce a more sustainable path to homeownership, eliminating a number of significant foreclosure-related costs that municipalities would otherwise have to absorb.

Affordable Housing

Q: Why doesn’t the market produce enough affordable housing where people want it?

The Answer

"Affordable housing is a term used to describe dwelling units whose total housing costs are deemed "affordable" to those that have a median income. Although the term is often applied to rental housing that is within the financial means of those in the lower income ranges of a geographical area, the concept is applicable to both renters and purchasers in all income ranges." (wikipedia

"The generally accepted definition of affordability is for a household to pay no more than 30 percent of its annual income on housing. Families who pay more than 30 percent of their income for housing are considered cost burdened and may have difficulty affording necessities such as food, clothing, transportation and medical care. An estimated 12 million renter and homeowner households now pay more then 50 percent of their annual incomes for housing, and a family with one full-time worker earning the minimum wage cannot afford the local fair-market rent for a two-bedroom apartment anywhere in the United States. The lack of affordable housing is a significant hardship for low-income households preventing them from meeting their other basic needs, such as nutrition and healthcare, or saving for their future and that of their families. " (HUD)

Community Land Trust

"Community Land Trusts are, perhaps, one of the most effective means of ensuring
permanent affordability of resident ownership simply because the trust maintains
ownership of the land. The objective of a CLT is to acquire land and make it available
to individual families, cooperatives and others through longterm leases up to 99
years.
While the leaseholders do not hold title to the land, they may own the buildings
or housing units/structures on the land." (HUD)

"A community land trust is a nonprofit corporation which acquires and manages land on behalf of the residents of a place-based community, while preserving affordability and preventing foreclosures for any housing located upon its land." Wikipedia

Additional Characteristics

"Since 1992, the defining features of the CLT model in the United States have been enshrined in federal law (Section 212, Housing and Community Development Act of 1992). There is considerable variation among the hundreds of organizations that call themselves a community land trust, but ten key features are to be found in most of them." more from Wikipedia...

OPAL

OPAL CLT

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Please take a moment to check out how the United for Homes proposal would affect your taxes.


Building Material Reuse Center

The Reuse Center is a volunteer operation selling donated building materials and is located at 4620 Halibut Point Road, across from the AML barge landing. The Building Material Reuse Center is now closed for the winter. The volunteers thank everyone who bought items or contributed materials. If you have building materials you’d like to donate, please hang on to them until we reopen next spring; most items donated last winter became unusable in the harsh weather. For more information call Greg Reynolds at 738-5518.

Please use this Donation Form when donating items. Thank you for your donations!

Sitka Reuse Center has a Facebook page! Check it out to see what's for sale.





What's in Sitka's Future?

The SCDC has explored various options for housing that is permanently affordable. One of the options it is looking at is Cottage or Cluster Housing.

Pocket Neighborhood Slideshow from AARP.

"According to the AARP 2011 Boomer Housing Survey, which polled nearly 3,500 adults ages 45 to 65, boomers want to live near shops, medical offices and churches, and value living in a place that fosters a sense of belonging." AARP

Below is a shared courtyard in a Seattle, WA Homestead CLT property.

Homestead CLT

Below are some homes from the OPAL Community Land Trust (CLT) on Orcas Island in the San Juan Islands, WA.

Examples of CLT Housing:

OPAL CLT

OPAL CLT

OPAL CLT

OPAL CLT


" Cottage Housing is generally defined as a grouping of small, single family dwelling units clustered around a common area and developed with a coherent plan for the entire site. They have gained popularity in recent years as a type of infill development on small sites, within existing developed areas. The cottage units may have other shared amenities. The shared common area and coordinated design may allow densities that are somewhat higher than typical in single family neighborhoods possible while minimizing impacts on adjacent residential areas. As a result, cottage housing can offer its owners a quality living experience that is less expensive than traditional single family housing. It also offers a degree of privacy and some of the benefits of single family housing combined with the lower cost and maintenance of attached housing. The clustered arrangement can contribute to a sense of community. Even so, its departure from existing patterns and its higher density have encountered resistance in some communities. " from MRSC