How the Governor Stole Affordable Housing
Tuesday, November 3, 2015

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Susan Naimark, Education and Community Development Consultant   
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The basic "school choice" predicament may no longer be the most concerning issue for urban charter schools: a potentially larger concern is the impact of charters on . . . More 

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How the Governor Stole Affordable Housing
Randy Shaw, Tenderloin Housing Clinic
In a state with far and away the nation's worst affordable housing shortage, this "progressive" governor has opposed every single bill to increase affordable housing funding since taking office in January 2011. If you find this hard to believe, consider the events of October 10-13th . . . More 

The Grocery Express: Coming to a Food Desert Near You!

Pam Kramer, Duluth LISC 
If you can figure out how to put bikes on a bus, why not groceries?  More 

Is Rags to Riches the Right Measure?

Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce  
The idea that many Americans consider themselves temporarily embarrassed millionaires, in the famous words of John Steinbeck, has been a major obstacle to progressive policy and tax reform, and I am a little hesitant about describing research results in a way that adds to that expectation . . . More 

You Said It!

Continued discussion on In Defense of the "Poor Door"

"What strikes me here as the real issue, is not some different doors but the fact that New York does not have an Inclusionary Housing requirement. Developers need to pay for the privilege to build in New York unless they want to provide 100% affordable housing and then fees should be waived. Off site affordable housing is an arrow in the quiver and we need all the help we can get to provide affordable housing." --Lincoln Miller, more . . .

"I agree with Catherine Firpo's excellent comments that sustaining affordable housing units when they are in separate buildings can be challenging and the scenarios can potentially devolve into a "separate and unequal" situation. There are numerous benefits to having all of the occupants of market rate and affordable units in the same building with equal access to the shared and often high-end amenities, features that would rarely be placed in 100% affordable developments." --Fred Freiberg, more . . .

"Is there really anyone who believes that ANY low income family wouldn't choose to live in a 'segregated' building with access to good schools and services but no access to the luxury pool and spa when the alternative is a segregated neighborhood with poor schools and poor services? In Columbus, OH there are hundreds of families squeezing 5 and 6 member households into two bedroom apartments so they can have access to quality suburban schools." --Darrell Davis, more . . .

Author reply

"I really appreciate all the discussion. I am as conflicted as anyone else on this topic and I knew that many people wouldn't agree with what I wrote. But I think it is a necessarily complex issue and the media coverage has been treating it as if it were simpler than it is . . . Several commenters seem to think that my post is saying that economic integration is not important.  I am sorry that it was not clearer. The truth is exactly the opposite--I think economic integration is essential and I think that all the evidence supports the idea that it works. But it is neighborhood integration that seems to matter--from the data we have so far. If there were measurable additional benefits to integration in the same building, I would change my position." --Rick Jacobus, more . . .

Read the whole post.  Whole discussion here.

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Center for Health, Environment & Justice

Housing Assistance Council

Regional Housing Legal Services

Michael Bodaken
National Housing Trust

Raphael Bostic
USC Price School of Public Policy

Janis Bowdler
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

HOPE Credit Union

Burlington Associates

Democracy Collaborative

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Fund for Public Schools

Lisa Hodges
Hodges Development, LLC

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Rick Jacobus
Street Level Advisors

Opportunity Agenda

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