Amazon's Pop-up Homeless Shelter

Also in this Issue: Housing for *Which* Artists? ● How a Report Becomes a Hammer ● What It's Worth: Well Worth the Read
Tuesday, June 7, 2016
ABA Community Commitment Awards


Webinar | What It's Worth: Strengthening the Financial Future of Families, Communities and the Nation | Tuesday, June 14, 3 p.m. EDT

This Connecting Communities webinar, sponsored by the Federal Reserve System, examines the systemic causes of financial insecurity, the innovation already happening to increase financial well-being, and how we can implement proven and emerging solutions.

Live Event and Webcast | Harvard JCHS Report Release: The State of the Nation's Housing 2016 | Washington, D.C. | Wed., June 22, 12:30 p.m. EDT

Panelists will discuss the Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies report, which provides a current assessment of the state of housing markets for both rental and homeownership. Register to attend in person. No registration required for live webcast.

Online Event | Network Commons | How Can Hospitals Improve Neighborhoods? | Monday, June 27, 12:30 p.m. EDT

This session in the Build Healthy Places Network's live online interactive discussion series looks into how hospitals are reinvesting in neighborhoods, and how the healthcare sector can leverage the community development sector to improve health and well-being.


Federal Reserve Board Report: Economic Well-Being of U.S. Households in 2015

This new report provides a snapshot of the financial and economic well-being of U.S. households in 2015 and the issues they faced, including new insights into economic preparedness and emergency savings, income and spending, banking and credit access, housing and living arrangements, auto lending, education and student loan debt, and retirement planning.

Emmanuel How a Report Becomes a Hammer
Dan Emmanuel, National Low Income Housing Coalition
How can dire statistics and online trolls help affordable housing advocates get their message through to not just policy makers, but the general public?
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Housing for Which Artists?
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
The occupants of subsidized housing for artists in Minneapolis are 85% white. How did this happen?  More

Tianga Did Amazon Really Just Create a Pop-up Homeless Shelter?
Keli Tianga, Shelterforce
Amazon is like Godzilla, and the merest of mortals among us--low-income earners, the homeless, and nearly homeless--are tossed around as it barrels through, leaving thousands displaced in its wake. It's clear that this is partly the case in Seattle, but it's also clear that it's not entirely Amazon's fault . . . More

Worth Well Worth the Read
Review of What It's Worth: Strengthening the Financial Future of Families, Communities and the Nation, Edited by Laura Choi, David Erickson, Kate Griffin, Andrea Levere, and Ellen Seidman.
Dave Snyder, Minnesota Asset Building Coalition
Reading What It's Worth was like walking through one of the glorious, slightly overwhelming Asset Learning Conferences that CFED organizes every other year, equipped with a magical Harry Potter wand that allows me to stop and re-work time--ARRESTO MOMENTUM!--so I can peer into each workshop at my leisure and figure out who to follow-up with afterward . . . More
FHLBNY Affordable Housing Program 2016

You Said It!

On Government-Funded Organizing?

The government has funded various forms of "organizing" that I have been involved with. These have included drug and alcohol prevention coalitions (for five years and then they tended to fold); child care advocacy; health work, like Health Start, youth advocacy at the state level and many more . . . their quality and longevity often is set by the elected officials -- who come and go, as does the funding . . . Fundraising, like organizing, is . . . --Michael Jacoby Brown, more . . .

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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

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Daniel Kravetz
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