We had two great guests today who spoke on national issues regarding land use in ways that I had not thought of, and I was glad to hear these things are happening.
Hannah Sholder from the Global Land Alliance talked with us about the Global Property Rights Index. She spoke about how they are working with nations around the world to help them make alliances with the people, business leaders, and the government that can help create viable living situations for people, while still benefiting the owner of the land, and making for best use of the land to meet the needs of the community.
Some of their projects use ideas that we may have used in the U.S. but we are actively using now. I thought that following them and blending the creative ideas from people and perspectives that cross cultures may provide some new combinations that could help our affordable housing challenges in America. We need some more good ideas about and for affordable housing, and maybe the international community can provide those.
We also had a speaker from the American Society of Civil Engineers, Emily Feenstra, an engineering company that rates infrastructure. Overall, our roads, airports, docks, bridges, and other key infrastructure are not as healthy as we would like, but you knew that already, didn’t you? Check out the infrastructure report card here: https://www.infrastructurereportcard.org
The American Society of Civil Engineers are proposing a gas tax to try to get more funding to help get the projects moved up to be completed sooner than later. We all know there is a lot to do in that area. It is good to see people working on new ways to keep these projects moving forward and keeping the need in front of government leaders.
This committee leadership, specifically Russell Riggs, is also working with disability groups to create verbiage that HUD can use to give guidance regarding the service and emotional support animal’s situation in housing. Both the owners of the animals, the HOAs, and landlords in these situations would benefit from clear guidance from HUD. Thanks to Russell and our committee chairs, Cheryl Acker and Kathleen McQuilkin, who are in the photo.