Let's Get Rid of "Property Manager"

Also: Getting Affordable Housing to Scale ● Sheila Crowley Interview ● Cleveland Merger Plan
Tuesday, September 20, 2016


Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia | Reinventing Our Communities -- Transforming Our Economies | Sept. 21-23

There is still time to register for the conference, which has a varied agenda of sessions including "Where Should We Build Affordable Housing?", a panel on mobility, fair housing, and revitalization to be moderated by Harold Simon, publisher of Shelterforce, at 2 p.m. Wednesday the 21st. The session will feature Denise Fairchild of Emerald Cities Collaborative, Mercedes Marquez of Marquez Community Strategy, and Celia Smoot of LISC.

Reception at the 2016 APHA Annual Meeting | Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City, Denver Branch | Oct. 31, 5 p.m. MT

Mercy Housing and the Build Healthy Places Network co-host this informal panel discussion on the role of healthcare investment in community revitalization to address social determinants of health and increase health equity. Space is limited and advanced registration is required.

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California Transit Agencies Bring Affordable Housing to Scale

Geeta Rao, Enterprise Community Partners, Abby Thorne-Lyman, BART, and Ron Golem, Santa Clara Valley Transportation Authority
From developer incentives to swapping parking for housing units, the Bay Area Rapid Transit and Valley Transportation Authority systems have come up with plans that tackle the region's housing shortage and its economic inequality. What have they agreed to do, and how will they be held accountable?  More

Cleveland Merger Plan Challenges Our Assumptions About Regionalism
Miriam Axel-LuteShelterforce
East Cleveland, a struggling suburb of Cleveland, has ended up in so much fiscal distress that it is considering allowing Cleveland to annex it as a desperation move. The proposal is striking in two ways: first, we may need to rethink our decades of assuming that . . .   More
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Let's Get Rid of the Title "Property Manager"
Frankie Blackburn, Trusted Space Partners
The one universal ingredient that I repeatedly encounter in each new housing context is the lack of attention to how to recruit, hire, train, support, and manage the property manager. By and large, these hardworking people are underpaid, underappreciated, over stressed. If we, however, reposition the role of property management to be as important as the property's design and financing, we can make significant progress in . . .  More

Interview: Sheila Crowley, Past President of the National Low Income Housing Coalition
Miriam Axel-Lute and Harold SimonShelterforce
Sheila Crowley has led the coalition through dramatic times, keeping a focus on those with the most pressing housing need when many wanted to just talk homeownership, staying the course with the National Housing Trust Fund, and modeling how to do national advocacy that leads with the voices of those directly affected. Shortly before her actual departure, we spoke with her about how she got where she is, the state of the field, and what's coming next.  More

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