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Charlotte, NC introduces home ownership incentive program for corridor revitalization

Charlotte identified six Corridors of Opportunity for commercial rejuvenation and improved access to affordable housing. The House Charlotte Plus initiative offers $50,000 in zero-interest deferred loans for home purchases within these corridors. Eligible buyers earn less than 80% of the area median income and purchase homes valued at up to $315,000. The pilot builds on an existing House Charlotte offering of $30,000, thus supplying up to $80,000 per qualifying buyer.

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Charlotte, NC

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New York, NY evaluates the impacts of induction stoves on air quality in affordable housing units

The city's Housing Authority selected 20 units for a 10-month pilot with WE ACT for Environmental Justice. Half of the units received induction stoves as replacements for gas stoves, while the other half acted as the control group. The Out of Gas, In with Justice project monitored NO2 and CO levels for both sets of apartments. All recipients received $500 at the pilot's conclusion and control group participants were eligible for replacement stoves.

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New York, NY

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Indianapolis, IN Vacant to Vibrant program converts city properties into affordable housing

City officials approved $4.5 million in federal ARPA funds to turn city-owned lots into new homes. Vacant to Vibrant opens properties in the Martindale Brightwood, Near Eastside, and Near Northwest to development. Proposals must be approved by neighborhood advisory committees and meet infill requirements. Eligible renters and buyers earn less than 80% of the area median income. This program works toward the policy recommendations of the city's Anti-Displacement Agenda published in 2021.

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Indianapolis, IN

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London Borough of Ealing, GB trials trio of energy-efficient heating technologies in council homes

Ealing began with a trial of NexGen Heating infrared ceiling panels in 25 council homes. Individual room control over panels reduces energy waste compared to whole-home heating. A pilot with Energiesprong adds external insulation, rooftop solar panels, and air-source heat pumps for consistent climate control in 68 homes. The most recent pilot involves the installation of AirEx sub-floor air bricks for smart ventilation management in 50 homes.

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London Borough of Ealing, GB

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Stillwater, OK recruits remote professionals around the country with a new incentive program

Stillwater partnered with MakeMyMove on an incentive package for remote workers seeking an affordable community. The program's centerpiece is $5,000 in down payment assistance for new homeowners who stay for at least seven years. Additional housing incentives include $1,500 for relocation costs and $300 for closing costs. New residents connect to the Stillwater community with free concert tickets and fitness courses available through the program.

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Stillwater, OK

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City of Lincoln Council, GB simplifies council housing management with Civica cloud-based services

Lincoln will integrate Cx Asset Management, Cx Contractor, and Cx Housing Management software into its housing service. A cloud-based system supports an online portal for housing applications, tenant requests, and communications. Council employees and contractors can track maintenance requests from start to finish from mobile devices. The city's five-year contract with Civica streamlines operations across 13,000 properties including homes and parking lots.

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City of Lincoln Council, GB

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Mayo County Council, IE and Homebuyer's Hero trial new method for filling vacant homes

Mayo County Council identified 9,166 vacant properties in the midst of a constrained housing market. County officials work with property owners to list vacant homes on the Homebuyers' Hero website. Interested buyers express their interest and indicate their budgets for each listing. Property owners review expressions of interest and select the best fit for their needs. The council hopes to fill 50 vacant homes by the end of 2023 without using Compulsory Purchase Orders.

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Mayo County Council, IE

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Somerset County Council, GB expands housing options for Ukrainian refugees with landlord incentive

Somerset County Council seeks long-term housing options for refugees currently supported by local families. Participating landlords offer leases of at least one year with monthly rates priced at the Local Housing Allowance level. Signed leases result in one-time payments of up to £4,000 per unit based on the number of bedrooms. The incentive program brings empty apartments into use and creates a reliable housing pipeline for refugees arriving through the Home for Ukraine initiative.

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Somerset County Council, GB

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Mendip District Council, GB

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London Borough of Southwark, GB completes London-first district heating project for council homes

Borough officials began this project with a 2019 feasibility study and regular meetings with council home residents. Water-source heat pumps were installed 120 meters below the council's Consort, Newington, and Wyndham estates. These pumps run naturally heated water through pipes in 2,175 homes, thus replacing aging and emissions-heavy gas boilers. The district heating project reduces energy use by up to 34% and annual carbon emissions by 1,774 tons.

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London Borough of Southwark, GB

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Wichita, KS Landlord Incentive Program encourages rentals to federal housing voucher recipients

This Wichita Housing Authority (WHA) program addresses landlord reluctance when dealing with Section 8 recipients. A one-time $1,000 bonus for new landlords and $250 per qualifying tenant provide upfront incentives for participation. The Landlord Incentive Program covers up to $3,500 in damages and deductibles during a tenant's first year. Participating landlords also receive lost rental payments following eviction or abandonment if they rent to another Section 8 recipient.

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Wichita, KS

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Chapel Hill, NC Complete Community Strategy addresses housing needs with pilot projects

An October 2021 report identified a lack of housing variety for groups like seniors and first-time homebuyers. The Complete Community Strategy advocates for small infill projects, redeveloped commercial lots, and expanded transit corridors. Initial pilots under this strategy include a campaign for greenway growth funding and converting office buildings into connected neighborhoods. City officials use an eight-point checklist for pilot selection including social equity, impact, and scalability.

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Chapel Hill, NC

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Austin, TX addresses the impacts of gentrification on home ownership with Community Land Trust

The Austin Community Land Trust (ACLT) offers 24 units at below-market prices to eligible buyers. Applicants earning 65% of the local median family income and living in gentrified census tracts entered into a lottery for purchasing opportunities. The pilot reduces the overall costs of home ownership by selling homes but leasing land at minimal costs for 99 years. City officials designed the ACLT pilot to expand affordable housing access in a tight housing market.

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Austin, TX

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