When Talking Race = Real Results

In this issue: Are Mixed-Income Policies Too Little Too Late? ● How One City Is Keeping Jobs Local With Co-ops
Tuesday, March 22, 2016

A Conversation on Race That Actually Went Somewhere
Ana Garcia-Ashley, Gamaliel Foundation
Before the summit, we would have demanded that the police force recruit African-American candidates for the force and walked away. Now . . .   More

Are Mixed-Income Policies Too Little Too Late?
James Fraser and Joshua Bazuin, Vanderbilt University
If social inclusion and the creation of mixed-income neighborhoods is embraced by so many, why does it seem to be so difficult to materialize this vision for the city?     More

How One City Is Keeping Jobs Local Using Co-ops
Araz Hachadourian, YES! Magazine
A growing number of cities are investing in co-ops to keep money local and neighborhoods affordable . . . More

You Said It!

On Why We Must Build

To low-income renters displacement means so much more that having to move to a different neighborhood. It can mean being cut off from support networks or the loss of access to necessary, affordable amenities. For renters who live paycheck to paycheck and have no equity it can even mean homelessness, especially in cities that lack . . . --Sarah Rodriguez

An important note regarding Rent Control: In some states -- such as Michigan -- it is illegal by *state* law. So unless you can get legislation passed at the state level, against business interests, it is off the table anyway. --Adam Tauno Williams

On Matthew Desmond's "Evicted" Supports, Challenges Housing Field

In advocating for universal section 8 vouchers for every family that falls below the poverty line Matthew Desmond also points to the need to do tax reform . . . Wouldn't America be a better place if people, even if they didn't own a home, held more municipal bonds and treasury notes in order to rebuild our infrastructure and industrial base? --Abbott Gorin

The book is fantastic. However, others have argued for "universal" vouchers, or vouchers as an entitlement. The late John Quigley' comes to mind . . . --Dan Immergluck

Author Reply
You are right, of course. Desmond could not be the first individual to actually have called for universal vouchers. But I have rarely heard it come up as a serious proposal in active policy and funding campaigns, agenda, or platforms put forth by major organizations in the community development field.
--Miriam Axel-Lute

On Using the Wrong Tools to Build Affordable Housing

Rejuvenating proven systems needs to be evaluated. The 221(d)(3) Below Market Interest Rate program produced a lot of affordable housing in a short time both rental and cooperative. After 20 years or in subsequent years, practically all of the rentals disappeared--physically or as affordable housing. Today, 40-50 years later . . . --Herb Fisher

Without a federal housing policy that allocated real dollars to the development of affordable housing, the best we can hope for is the development of a few homes a year. Bring back the . . .
--Louis A. Riccio

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Center for Health, Environment
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Murtaza Baxamusa
Sol Price School of Public Policy, USC

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

Ana Garcia-Ashley
Gamaliel Foundation

Jamaal Green
Portland State University

Texas Low Income Housing Information Service

Lisa Hodges
Hodges Development, LLC

Planner, Louisa County, Va.

National CAPACD

Rick Jacobus
Street Level Advisors

Daniel Kravetz
Freelance Writer


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Alexandra Moffett-Bateau
City University of New York

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