Zombie Anti-Inclusionary Study Just Won't Die

Also in this issue: School Reform * Amoral Urban Planning * Defining Preservation * Scoring Homeownership
Wednesday, February 17, 2016

Industry News

Diane Yentel Joins NLIHC as President and CEO  
In April 2016, Yentel will become the new president and CEO of the National Low Income Housing Coalition. Yentel is currently vice president of Public Policy and Government Affairs of Enterprise Community Partners, and has worked in the Office of Public and Indian Housing at HUD, as a Senior Domestic Policy Advisor for Oxfam America, as well as having served as a policy analyst with NLIHC from 2005 to 2008.

Stella Adams to Lead NCRC's Civil Rights Division

NCRC has hired Stella Adams as chief of civil rights. Having most recently served as the senior policy advisor to the National Fair Housing Training Academy, Adams is a nationally-recognized expert in fair housing, predatory lending, mortgage fraud and investigation techniques, and is well known for her relentless commitment to underserved people and for pushing to hold accountable institutions that discriminate in lending and housing.

Enterprise Community Partners Names Jacqueline Waggoner as Vice President and Southern California Market Leader
Waggoner most recently served as deputy director of the Southern California office, bringing to bear capital, capacity building tools, and more than $300 million in local investments. She has worked with the city of Los Angeles, banks and nonprofit development partners to create local funds for affordable housing and advocacy for low-income families.

NCLTN and Cornerstone Join Forces to Become the Grounded Solutions Network

After 18 months of planning and several years of strong partnership, the National Community Land Trust Network and Cornerstone Partnership have joined forces. The result is a new organization of member practitioners from local communities: the Grounded Solutions Network. Among the first combined efforts of this new organization will be the September 2016 Intersections conference, the only national event dedicated to permanently affordable housing.


Webinar | Connecting Communities: Accessing Investment Capital through the CDFI Bond Guarantee Program | Feb 18
The CDFI Bond Guarantee Program is an innovative federal credit program that offers CDFIs access to affordable long-term capital. In this webinar, sponsored by the Federal Reserve of St. Louis, speakers from the U.S. Department of Treasury, Clearinghouse CDFI, and Community Reinvestment Fund will discuss practical "nuts and bolts" of accessing the program.

Now Online: New Shelterforce Issue
Community Development and the School Reform Fight
In the community development field there are innumerable conversations about improving a struggling neighborhood or moving toward economic equity that have been ended abruptly by the observation, "Well, but it all comes down to schools
. . ." More

Zombie Anti-Inclusionary Study Just Won't Die
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
Last week, I submitted the following letter to the editor of the LA Times in response to a vicious, and more importantly extremely misleading, op-ed. Since it seems that I was a little late to get it published, I wanted to share it with Rooflines readers, with a few extra thoughts . . . More

When Morals Are Missing From Urban Planning 
Murtaza Baxamusa, Sol Price School of Public Policy, USC
The ways we conduct our urban planning are morally questionable. Here are 3 problems with the way we're doing it . . . More

Don't Restrict the Definition of Preservation
Barbara Samuels, ACLU Maryland
I have to disagree with Bodaken and Hoffman's unduly limited definition of "preservation." The definition should not be limited to the fate of individual properties, but instead should be . . . More

Scoring Homeownership: Looking at the Long Game
Doug Ryan, CFED
Among the findings of CFED's Scorecard are that we didn't learn our lessons during the housing meltdown, and . . . More 

You Said It!

Thanks Tony! Great overview of some early successes. It's important for organizations and individuals to raise community input on housing issues so that elected leadership will be able to get comfortable with perceived thin ice they feel they are on as metro regions "compete" with one another. --Jeff Washburne on Stop Talking About Displacement

To be sure, funding to make housing more affordable is crucial, whatever the tools used to achieve that. But we also need to make these kinds of services available to poor renters on a widespread basis, starting with those most harmed by housing instability--children and their families . . .
--Barbara Samuels
Moderate-income renters are facing the same housing instability as low-income renters, yet they're rarely asked to be part of the discussion, despite paying more than their fair share of tax dollars . . . Until we start treating our moderate-income renters with the same sense of urgency, we can watch our cities and counties go further into debt as their tax bases move away or sink into poverty . . .
--Carol Ott
A large part of this has to be a look at municipalities . . . Until we find a way to make it easier for developers, especially private developers, to create affordable housing without subsidies, we'll never solve this . . . --Brian
These comments are absolutely right on. The tax credit program does not support people who need housing the most . . . --Paul Dribin

Tenants far too often--as the recent report looking at evictions in Baltimore attests--lack legal representation and either have legal defense not raised or get pressured by the landlord's lawyer to accept an eviction. I would welcome foundation funding to have tenant legal advocates in our courts to see this results in cutting evictions, regardless of income . . . --Ray Neirinckx

From our Facebook Page

I was surprised to not see any mention of homelessness in your article; prevalent in the Tenderloin and throughout urban (and rural) America. And notably absent in the debates. --Natalie Profant Komuro on Why the Presidential Race Ignores Urban America

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Murtaza Baxamusa
Sol Price School of Public Policy, USC

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Janis Bowdler
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

HOPE Credit Union

Burlington Associates

Democracy Collaborative

Jamaal Green
Portland State University

Texas Low Income Housing Information Service

Lisa Hodges
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