The Current Affordable Rental Housing Crisis

A very intriguing and sad analysis of the current state of affairs by the Urban Institute.

A few excerpts:

Not one county in the United States has an even balance between its ELI [Extremely Low Income] households and its affordable and available rental units. As a result, ELI households have to search harder for a place to live, spend more than 30 percent of their income on rent, or live in substandard housing.


Some markets are tighter than others. Of the top 100 U.S. counties in 2012, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, has the smallest gap in units that are affordable and available for ELI households; Cobb County, Georgia, has the largest. But does this mean ELI households in Suffolk County have it easy? The answer is no. Even in Suffolk County, which is home to Boston, only 50 units are affordable and available for every 100 families earning $29,350.


Kudos to Urban Institute for their work to shine light on this problem.

What’s next – the tsunami that has already started of elderly residents in need of affordable housing.

2013 Holiday Card


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The projects shown on our 2013 holiday card are: 1. 61 proposed homes Client: Atlanta Home Builder Location: Norcross, GA Services Performed: Proforma Services Conceptual plan by Tunnell Spangler Walsh & Associates.   2. Etowah Terrace Senior Residences Client: Mercy Housing Southeast … Continue reading

Falcons Field of Dreams: Sportfolio 05/01: Video – Bloomberg

See Rich McKay talk about new Falcons stadium. Interesting insights @BloombergTV | Sportfolio

The Atlanta Falcons are moving ahead with plans to build a $1 billion multi-purpose stadium to replace the Georgia Dome. Team President Rich McKay explains why the team is determined to build the facility with predominantly private funding. (Source: Bloomberg)

Rich McKay

Falcons Field of Dreams: Sportfolio 05/01: Video – Bloomberg.

Acquisition of Hardin Construction Completed


See info posted by Maria Saporta in the Atlanta Business Chronicle Maria Saporta Acquisition of Hardin Construction completed    Maria Saporta Contributing Writer-Atlanta Business Chronicle Email California-based DPR Construction firm is the new owner of Hardin Construction, an Atlanta-based builder … Continue reading

Turning Big Data Into Smart Data: 5 Lessons For Marketers From The Obama Campaign | Co.Create: Creativity \ Culture \ Commerce


Turning Big Data Into Smart Data: 5 Lessons For Marketers From The Obama Campaign | Co.Create: Creativity \ Culture \ Commerce.   I’ve been having some of these same conversations with clients lately. Some nice nuggets to contemplate as you … Continue reading

DIRECTIONS – Quarterly Newsletter Released (2012 08)


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Topics this quarter include: 2012 Olympic Team Work, Mission Critical at the Expense of Strategic Direction, Data Visualization and Project Profiles of Etowah Terrace (Rome, GA) and Antioch Gardens and Villas (Stone Mountain, GA).