CRA Exams Aren't Cutting It

Also in this issue: 7 Ways to Help Workers With Unpredictable Schedules * Organizing and Community Land Trusts
Tuesday, January 26, 2016


Desperate Measures: Survival Strategies of the Poorest of the Poor | Washington, DC | Jan. 27

Over the past two decades, the number of families living with little to no income has climbed. Sponsored by the Urban Institute, this panel discussion will explore why assistance programs are essentially nonexistent for many who need them most.

Online Event | Stepping Up to Make a Difference: The Vital Role of Anchor Institutions in Community Health Improvement | Jan. 27

From hospitals and health systems to universities, anchor institutions are organizations with deep roots and longevity as major employers in their communities. RSVP here for this web forum sponsored by the Public Health Institute and others, in which leaders from anchor institutions will discuss how they are increasingly working outside their own walls to make lasting contributions to the regions they serve.

Webinar | The Promise of Children's Savings | Jan. 28

Part of CFED's National Week of Action, this virtual briefing will introduce
Children's Savings Accounts (CSAs) and their impact, discuss examples of successful programs, and provide resources for those interested in starting a CSA program in their community.

Cities Building Community Wealth | CUNY School of Law | Jan. 29
In this free event, CUNY School of Law, the Democracy Collaborative  and Surdna Foundation will highlight the work of innovative city leaders working to build more inclusive, equitable, and cooperative economies, and discuss how municipal policy can be best used to build community wealth. See list of speakers and register here.


2016 NALCAB Colegio  Fellowship: Call for Applications!

Established in 2010, NALCAB Colegio was developed to ensure that next generation Latino leaders develop the practical, personal and professional skills needed to fill the increasing leadership gap in community economic development nonprofit organizations across the country. Learn more and apply here.

7 Ways to Help Workers with Unpredictable Schedules
Tara Marlowe, Rutgers Law School Fellow

Just-in-time scheduling is an abusive practice, and people are working to end it. In the meantime, here are some ways community groups can change their practices to better help the most vulnerable workers . . . More 

CRA Exams Aren't Cutting It
Josh Silver, NCRC

CRA exams were meant to ensure that banks are serving low-income communities. But if 98 percent of banks in our current climate are getting passing grades, something is wrong.  More 

Organizing and Community Land Trusts
Miriam Axel-Lute and Dana Hawkins-Simons, Shelterforce

What happens when organizers win a campaign for community control of land? That depends a lot on the choices they make about how to exercise that control . . . More 

Review of City by City: Dispatches from the American Metropolis
edited by Keith Gessen and Stephen Squibb
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce

The essays in this book have a lot of merit, but to say people are writing about home, and then leave out the perspective of people writing about their actual homes is strange. It makes for a book in which . . . More 

You Said It!

On How Are We Responsible for Baltimore?

I find the subject line of the email I received from Shelterforce (in which a link to this article was included) incredibly offensive. "Repairs-for-Sex Scandal: Just a Symptom" . . . Implying that these women somehow traded sexual favors for repairs to their apartments is beyond unacceptable. They were sexually abused, extorted by the very people who should have been assisting them, and the victims of a very serious crime. We need to stop sugar-coating what happened to these women and actually speak frankly and honestly about how to prevent something like this from ever happening again. Firing our Housing Commissioner would be a good first step, using language that properly reflects what happened to these women would be another. --Carol Ott
Editor Reply
I can see your point about the implication of complicity, though it was not at all what we intended. We know that what happened was absolutely not an exchange in which the women are in any way complicit; it was extortion and sexual assault. Period. It is challenging to convey the sort of nuance and complexity that our writers regularly deliver in the length of a subject line, and to do it in a way that makes people pay attention enough to open and read, which is our obligation to our writers. Perhaps we were too caught up in the indignity and wanting everyone to pay attention to this important piece on it that we didn't realize that anyone would read it that way. I realize that that is ironic given the content of the post, which is all about how our assumptions and misperceptions of women in public housing are what let these assaults be overlooked for so long. --Miriam Axel-Lute

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Center for Health, Environment
& Justice

Housing Assistance Council

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

Tufts University

Jamaal Green
Portland State University

Lisa Hodges
Hodges Development, LLC

Planner, Louisa County, Va.

National CAPACD

Rick Jacobus
Street Level Advisors

Daniel Kravetz
Freelance Writer


Center for Community Progress

Alexandra Moffett-Bateau
City University of New York

Tulane University

Habitat for Humanity

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Center on Budget and Policy Priorities  

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