Webinar on Housing and Transportation Affordability: August 14, 2012

Posted on: August 17th, 2012 by Carrie Kissel

The free webinar “Avoiding the Housing and Transportation Squeeze in Rural and Small Town America” occurred on August 14, 2 – 3:30 p.m. ET.  This webinar is presented by the Housing and Transportation Affordability Index Initiative (http://portal NULL.hud NULL.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/sustainable_housing_communities/housing_transaffinitiative), which is a program of the U.S. Departments of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and Transportation (DOT), in partnership with the NADO Research Foundation and the Community Transportation Association of America (CTAA).  The recording is online here. (https://attendee NULL.gotowebinar NULL.com/recording/6539920795092521472)

Rural and small town America face unique housing and transportation challenges.   While urban areas may be plagued with traffic congestion, rural areas more often face issues such as insufficient resources that impact the frequency and connectivity of transit access and service. Widely fluctuating gas prices and greater distances between employment, groceries and health services make good transportation choices essential.

This web training event focused on transportation and housing cost tools that can help illustrate the impact land use decisions have on household budgets and community economic vitality, and how to identify investment and planning opportunities to improve the livability of rural communities.  It will also introduce the Housing and Transportation Affordability Initiative, a joint HUD and DOT venture to develop tools and resources to help planners, consumers, and policy-makers make more informed decisions about where to invest scarce resources.

A new nationwide version of the Housing and Transportation Affordability Index, along with a Location Affordability Index tool, will be available from HUD later in 2012.  Visit http://portal.hud.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/sustainable_housing_communities/housing_transaffinitiative (http://portal NULL.hud NULL.gov/hudportal/HUD?src=/program_offices/sustainable_housing_communities/housing_transaffinitiative) for more details.

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