Alternative forms of homeownership are becoming increasingly needed and popular as the cost of entering into homeownership rises across the country. These ownership opportunities are often most desired when a renter can become a homeowner without relocating or being displaced from their existing home and along with that ownership, they get a community. While these models are not the solution to the housing crisis we face today, they are a step in the right direction, giving people access to equity and stability.
This session will introduce the manufactured home communities and dispel myths about what they are. It will also describe the Resident Owned Community (ROC) model and its role in affordable housing, community empowerment, and providing renewable energy. The discussion will also provide policy priorities relating to infrastructure, financing options, and access issues as well as the role planners can play in this vital area of the housing market.
This session provides an introduction to the role, responsibilities, and opportunities for planners to advance racial equity. In a time where structures to advance equity are being dismantled, we focus on normalizing racial equity as a core value with clear definitions of key terminology. Participants gain awareness of the history of institutional racism in planning and how it impacts communities of color as well as the history of planning for equity. Planners are introduced to the leadership skills and competencies to navigate organizational change processes in their agencies and accelerate systems change more broadly to address structural racism. We introduce a racial equity analytical tool that can be used to surface racial equity consideration in planning policies, practices, and programs.
This session will consider, from a strategic perspective, the policies and strategies needed to create an ecosystem of developers, school district planners and municipal planners that support affordable workforce housing, and specifically for teachers. Case studies are examined showcasing site acquisition, financing mechanisms including tax credits, economic development incentives and, in some instances, philanthropy, the benefits to school districts and to teacher retention and quality of life, and how increased teacher retention improves school quality and provides community benefits overall. This session will provide new and actionable strategies for planners to address this emerging concern. Focus and experiences from California and across the country in large metropolitan areas are provided.
Join Casita Coalition for an in-depth look at remaining challenges and solutions in the world of ADU finance.
The cost and availability of housing are planners' biggest challenges at all levels. Introducing diverse housing options that are compatible with surrounding neighborhoods presents obstacle courses for residents, developers, and the city. Join us in learning about land use reform and case studies from Texas and across the county.
The University of Massachusetts at Boston and their partnership with Roxbury High School is trailblazing and setting a new standard for bringing up the next generation of planners. UMass Boston’s Summer Immersion program was created to address chronic underrepresentation of Black and Brown people and encourage youth to consider careers in urban planning.
The 2022 Student project, Lower Roxbury’s Extreme Heat Challenge and Solutions, has won an APA Student Award and recognition by the City of Boston. In this session participants will learn how to establish a higher education and public school youth program, the impact of such a program on the youth and community, and the impact on the urban planning profession.
Learn about the story of the program, project findings, and hear from one of the graduate and high school student who were part of the program.
* As of January 1, 2022, the AICP mandatory CM requirements now include Equity and Sustainability in addition to Law and Ethics. For more information on mandatory CM credits, please visit https://planning.org/cm/credits/