Can Mixed Income Work?

In this issue: Making Mixed Income Work ● Putting the Impact in Impact Investing ● The Burden of Compliance
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Spring 2016: Mixed Income
Editor's Note: Mixing It Up

Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
For decades now, "mixed income" has been a watchword throughout the affordable housing and community development worlds. Compared to the worst examples of urban design that have physically isolated low-income families, mixed-income housing seems like an intuitively healthier, more equitable way to go about designing neighborhoods. But what specifically is the goal of mixed-income housing?  More

4 Ways to Make Mixed-Income Communities Real Communities
Bill Traynor and Frankie Blackburn, Trusted Space Partners
The fortunes of the public housing residents, the market-rate residents, the owner-manager agents, and the service providers really are intertwined when it comes to the relative success of their 'transformed' community. But what will they need to do to make that happen? . . . More

The Burden of Compliance
Diana Yazzie Devine, Native American Connections
Imagine having to ask a newly remarried mother of three about the status of her court-ordered child support from her previous marriage. On a path to forming her new life, she must disclose sensitive information as she learns that her child support order might still count as income, even if she's never received it. Months of bank statements are required as well as . . . More

Putting the Impact in Impact Investing

Bill Bynum, HOPE Credit Union
Here are three important ways to rethink impact investing, especially in persistently poor, rural communities . . . More

You Said It!

Shelterforce Magazine is an essential source for me to keep up with trends and resources to advocate for affordable housing. I look forward to each print issue and read it from cover to cover, which I cannot say about any other publication I receive! The topics are very timely and I always find useful policy ideas, talking points and improved understanding of current issues in the field. Keep up the good work! --Marty Collier, housing coordinator, Statewide Independent Living Council of Georgia, Inc.

On Is a Meritocracy Really What We Want?

Excellent article . . . I am becoming a believer that income supplementation is the answer, providing low-income individuals with some options for their lives . . . --Paul Dribin

By the end of the article it seems to me that you are advocating for more population-based solutions to overall wellness, which is great from a modern public health stand point. I just don't know why you had to trash Hillary and the Democratic party to make your point. As you point out, this approach has been around a long time and . . . --Danelle Riley

. . . The value of marginal solutions in a neoliberal environment is that they create the illusion of solution at far less cost than a real fix. --Tim Mungavan

. . . Is there a difference between socioeconomic "attainment" and "mobility" that isn't simply rhetorical? . . . Grassroots community and economic development strategies will always be crucial . . . but they can never take the place and match the scale of . . . --Charles Bergman

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National Housing Trust

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Portland State University

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