On Ford's New Gospel of Wealth

Tuesday, November 10, 2015

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Chera D. Reid has been named director of Strategic Learning, Research and Evaluation at the Kresge Foundation. Reid most recently served as a program officer for Kresge's Education Program. Before that, she worked in program development at MDRC, a national, nonpartisan education and social policy research organization. Read more here.

Doua Thor has been named executive director of the White House Initiative on Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders. Thor has previously served as executive director of the South East Asia Resource Action Center, and as a Senior Fellow with National CAPACD. Read more here.


Community Development Challenges in Communities of Color | November 21

Network for Developing Conscious Communities hosts this summit at Morgan State University in Baltimore. NDCC is a community development
corporation fostering conscious and collaborative
relationships to further affordable housing, economic development, and indigenous community development leadership. Register for the summit here.

Webinar | Organizing Communities to Create Health | November 17

Stanford Social Innovation Review offers this webinar for community leaders and organizers who wish to connect to the health and public health sectors, as well as health care, public health, and social change leaders interested in how to better understand the complex needs of communities they serve. Register here.

Webinar | Delivering Community Benefits through Economic Development: What Cities and Counties Can Do | November 18

Across the country, communities and local governments are leading efforts to ensure that economic development delivers real community benefits. This webinar
--co-sponsored by the Partnership for Working Families and Local Progress--will explore what strategies work and what pitfalls to avoid. Register here.

New Economy Week: From Austerity to Prosperity | November 9-15

New Economy Coalition has brought together a wide array of events--webinars, realtime conversations, film screenings--to discuss the growing energy behind transformative public policy, shared equity and cooperative models as long-term economic development strategies, and more. See calendar of events here.

Housing Counseling Moves From Crisis Mode to Survival Mode

Loren Berlin, Journalist   
With some pundits and elected officials declaring the foreclosure crisis "resolved," and stimulus funding gone, how are housing counseling agencies staying open?  More      
Part of the New Frontiers series, sponsored by Citi Community Development

Response to the Ford Foundation's "New Gospel of Wealth"

Bill Bynum, HOPE Credit Union 
Ford Foundation president Darren Walker has called for open debate on the
topic of worldwide inequality. My perspective comes from one of the nation's
most impoverished and inequitable regions . . .  More 

Demolishing More Than Buildings

Alexandra Moffett-Bateau, City University of New York     
Media and policy makers emphasized that the high-rise public housing model was the cause of crime, drug-use, and unemployment among people living below the poverty line. They emphasized that poor people living among other poor people only exacerbated poverty, but the problem with this narrative is . . . More 

Place Matters, But Place Changes

Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce      
"Place matters, but place changes," Univ. of Southern Calif. professor Manuel Pastor observed at the opening plenary at PolicyLink's 5th Equity Summit, held this week in Los Angeles. This can be seen as both warning and a hope--and it led to some great discussions about changing places and what can be done to bend those changes in the direction of more equity . . . More 

You Said It!

"Yes, engaging with schools is hard. It's probably some of the hardest, most discouraging work you can do. But so is community development . . . So if you are rebuffed, kicked out, ignored
--keep going back, be a persistent but magnificent pest to administrators." --Pam Bridgeforth

"Engagement is hard work and involves trust and intentional action to learn from local experience especially for the white knights coming in to save the public schools in low/mod income communities of color." --Ray Neirinckx

Author Reply

"Thank you for the thoughtful elaborations. Yes, there are school administrators that can't be bothered with "outsiders." And, as Ray pointed out, there are also outsiders who come in lacking the humility or historical understanding of what a community and its schools have been through. I agree with Pam that you often must start by building relationships. And I would add a dose of empathy and sensitivity to the dynamics of race and class that are ever-present."
--Susan Naimark 

"You need to include Governor Christie's disastrous actions in NJ for his two terms!!  The NJ Supreme Court finally ruled the Council on Affordable Housing that he appointed was 'moribund' and enabled County Courts to rule on each municipality's affordable housing plan."

Author Reply
"Lorraine, I didn't mention Christie or other Republican Governors because there are little expectations they will fund affordable housing. Brown, on the other hand, is the governor of one of the bluest states, one with terrible affordability problems. So his veto struck me as more of a disaster, though the end result is the same as in NJ." --Randy Shaw

"I agree with the critique of the headline and that language does matter. And NHT's embrace of mobility is welcome. But then we get to the classic red herring that seems to be a talking point from folks in the affordable housing industry: 'Instead of abandoning the communities where low-income families live, we strive to transform them into areas of opportunity.' Here too language matters. Just who exactly is advocating abandonment?" --Barbara Samuels
"You're discussing 'Section 8 housing' in broad terms, never acknowledging the simple fact that not all housing authorities run housing programs the way they should be run and therefore, promoting the idea of moving people out is not a pie-in-the-sky ideal, but something truly critical to the safety and health of the residents." --Carol Ott

"One question that should be asked of every affordable housing policy or program is how well it sequesters the housing from the private market, and for how long. Each time we remove a unit from the world of speculative real estate we strike a blow against the idea that markets are an appropriate way of allocating shelter; we prove that social housing works." --Jan Breidenbach

"Nice to see a systemic approach to an issue. THIS one seems to hit all the components and nurture each fully yet coordinating them all under one rubric. Housing, schooling, employment or any of the current issues need to abandon the traditional silos approach in our country and follow this model for true social change, effectiveness and reduced cost to tax payer. Example: I don't imagine there's a 'resource officer' ('policeman') in these schools or neighborhood residents using 'confrontational advocacy' approaches for school change or failing budgets."
"Your article is a great reminder to me and to us all to include as many voices as possible in the discussion. This trip has been an eye opener to me how much of history has been preserved
--and written--by the dominant culture, at a loss to us all. Women, Native Americans, African-Americans, Latinos, and other minorities end up as footnotes." --Anne B. Gass 

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