6 Things the Arts Can Do for Housing

Also: Art's Catalyzing Power * Kresge Pres. Rapson Interview * Financial Wellbeing Roundtable * Professionalize Financial Counseling
Wednesday, June 1, 2016


The National Low Income Housing Coalition's Out of Reach report demonstrates the mismatch between housing costs and the wages people earn throughout the country. The report presents data for all states, metropolitan areas, and counties and highlights the lack of affordable housing experienced by many low-income Americans.

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Elevating Community Voice & Problem Solving through Arts & Culture
Interview with Rip Rapson, President and CEO of the Kresge Foundation

Miriam Axel-Lute and Harold Simon, Shelterforce
How does a large philanthropic organization work to integrate its grant making interests with the way real communities operate? And how do they connect arts and culture with all their other goals? We spoke with Rip Rapson to find out . . .  More

6 Things the Arts Can Do for Housing

Danya Sherman, MIT Department of Urban Studies + Planning
How can the arts support community development work? It's not just a matter of some pretty icing on the cake of the real work. Here are six broad ways they can affect nearly every aspect of the field . . .  More

The Catalyzing Power of Art

Tamara E. Holmes, freelance writer and editor
Art can be an economic engine for neighborhoods--but sometimes locally based artists need some support to kick their "businesses" into gear, and community-based organizations are stepping up . . . More

Financial Counseling and Coaching Need to Be Professionalized
Bob Annibale, Citi Community Development and Inclusive Finance, and Jonathan Mintz, Cities for Financial Empowerment Fund
For those who have the means to afford them, paid financial advisors often wield credentials such as "Certified Financial Planner" or "Investment Advisor Representative"--titles that signal quality and accountability to their clients. But what about families who cannot afford a paid professional?  More

In Pursuit of Financial Well-Being: A Conversation on Fairness, 
Accessibility, and Empowerment
A Shelterforce Roundtable
Miriam Axel-Lute and Harold Simon, NHI/Shelterforce
In this lively roundtable, Shelterforce editor Miriam Axel-Lute and publisher Harold Simon explore issues of financial security with Holly Frindell, senior program manager, National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders; Andrea Levere, president, CFED; Andrea Luquetta-Kern, director of policy and research, California Reinvestment Coalition; Ann Solomon, strategic initiatives manager, Federation of Community Development Credit Unions; and Woody Widrow, executive director, RAISE Texas and NHI board member . . .   More

You Said It!

On Voices from the Field: Mixed Income

I live in mixed-income housing. It's clearly noticeable I don't earn as much as the other folks. The car--or lack of car--is a huge red flag for the neighbors . . . They talk about other folks who use the system or get a free ride . . . I have learned it's always good to say I have a financial advisor or that it's taken care of. Being straight-up broke in a luxury community means hide it or be shunned. --Gloyra

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Center for Health, Environment
& Justice

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


Center for Community Progress

Alexandra Moffett-Bateau
City University of New York

Tulane University

Habitat for Humanity

National Urban League


Center on Budget and Policy Priorities  


San Francisco Community 
Land Trust

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Associate Editor, Keli Tianga

Publisher, Harold Simon

Assistant Publisher, Terri L. Clegg