Perspectives

Perspectives is HDJ’s blog that focuses on our clients, not your typical A/E firm’s bragging room. We aim to provide information that is valuable and relevant to our client’s needs.

What is Home?

Many define home as a haven - a comfort zone, but many don't have that haven. Notably, the "missing middle." The "missing middle" describes the lack of quality housing for those who earn up to 60% or more of the area's median income but don't qualify for subsidized housing and can't afford higher-end market-rate housing.

How do you collaborate and develop strong working relationships with your team when many are distributed across the United States?  This is the question we asked ourselves a few years ago.  The answer is simple, we travel our entire team and families in from locations throughout the country to West Michigan for an active week together.  Our steam from across the United States traveled to West Michigan to participate in this annual event where we celebrate our successes, focus on collaboration, and develop strategies to grow as a company and as people. 

While creating new affordable units is critical in addressing the crisis of housing affordability in the United States, preserving existing affordable units must not be overlooked. A property’s affordability does not exist in perpetuity. Whether via a HAP contract or the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) affordability restrictions, buildings are often subject to only 15- or 30-year periods of affordability.

While creating new affordable units is critical in addressing the crisis of housing affordability in the United States, preserving existing affordable units must not be overlooked. A property’s affordability does not exist in perpetuity. Whether via a HAP contract or the low-income housing tax credit (LIHTC) affordability restrictions, buildings are often subject to only 15- or 30-year periods of affordability.

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