Blame the Poor? | Fair Housing's Victories | Posts by Alan Jenkins, Miriam Axel-Lute, Laurie Goldman and Doug Ryan
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Axel-Lute Are Poor People to Blame?
By Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce

Periodically, we all need to be reminded that this movement started in order to achieve justice, not to extend charity or moralizing, and having had that reminder, to reexamine our programs and our philosophies for drift. Recently I have read two searing articles that I think everyone should read, closely. . . More 

Alan Jenkins

Fair Housing's Giant Two Steps Forward 

By Alan Jenkins, The Opportunity Agenda 
The need for strong fair housing protections was powerfully illustrated just last week, when a four-year investigation by the DOJ found that Los Angeles County housing officials, sheriff's deputies, and local agencies had worked together to drive black residents out of Lancaster and Palmdale, California. . . .   More 

Laurie Goldman
The Puzzle of Turning Vision to Action 

By Laurie Goldman, Tufts University     

Taking the vision of a diverse community and translating it into actionable steps--in the course of a fast-paced development process--is like assembling a puzzle when key pieces are missing and need to be created. So how do you start? . . .   More 

Manufactured Housing Industry and Advocates: Work Together!    
By Doug Ryan, CFED  
It's clear that part of the strategy to advance the legislative measure to gut CFPB rules is to attack organizations that oppose the bill, such as mine, as ill-informed or as somehow opposed to consumers and manufactured housing. Here's the truth. . . More 

You Said It!

I disagree that Dukmasova's piece in Slate is anything more than tired old rhetoric. She misses the boat in describing concerns about the concentrated poverty caused by segregation as being "cultural." Nor is it about blaming the poor or deconcentrating people. Before it was co-opted by the affordable housing industry for programs like HOPE VI and twisted by leftist academics, "deconcentration" originally meant. . . --Barbara Samuels on We Know Whose Fault Poverty Is--So Why Do Our Terms Blame the Poor?
This was a fine article!  So much good info and perspective-and so readable! CDCs need to come to the rail. No humour intended! --Stewart E. Perry on Affordable Housing Advocates Need to be Strong TOD Advocates 

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