Category: Rural

The genius of small and self-helped

29 March, 2012 (10:12) | Communities, Construction, Hawaii, Homeownership, Innovations, Rural, Section 502, US News |

By:David A. Smith   On vacation on Hawaii’s Big Island, the Boss and I were passing through Hawi, about as remote as one can get in the Big Island (except the hostile hippie haven of Puna), and as we drive through the one-street one-light town I rubbernecked at what was obviously an affordable housing development […]

The weekending of rural America

17 December, 2010 (11:42) | Cities, Demographics, Economics, Housing, Migration, Rural |

By: David A. Smith   When jobs disappear, does a city die – or become something else?  That question lies unasked in a New York Times article with the cheerfully oblivious title Time for a Place in the Country?:   Perhaps more than any place on earth, New York is a city of real estate […]

Pushing PSH, Permanent Supportive Housing: Part 2, assistance is critical

7 August, 2009 (10:52) | Homelessness, Innovations, Local issues, Maine, PSH, Rural, Supportive housing, Tenure | 2 comments

  Yesterday’s post introduced permanent supportive housing via a new study, The Costs of Rural Homelessness in Maine (text excerpted in dark green font), with presented eye-popping statistics showing that people who can go home to a permanent supportive housing apartment virtually eliminate their stays in jail or emergency shelters.   What changes when you […]

Pushing PSH, Permanent Supportive Housing: Part 1, housing is critical

6 August, 2009 (11:23) | Homeless, Innovations, Local issues, Maine, PSH, Rural, Supportive housing, Tenure | 1 comment

In America, generally speaking, if you’re homeless you have a problem beyond mere poverty; something about your situation (substance abuse, domestic abuse, mental problems, a physical disability) is wrecking your life.    The crisis of homelessness in Maine has lasted thirty years and resulted in millions of dollars being spent on shelters, emergency services, and […]

Affordable housing’s great unsolved problems

13 March, 2007 (10:09) | Consolidation, Elderly, Policy, Public housing, Recapitalization, Rural, Workforce housing |

Mathematics has long had famous ‘unsolved problems.’  Perhaps the most famous is Fermat’s Last Theorem, which Fermat boasted (at least to himself) that he’d knocked off in 1630:   “I have discovered a truly marvelous proof of this, which this margin is too narrow to contain.”   In fact, it resisted proof for 365 more […]