National Coalition for Asian Pacific American Community Development names Seema Agnani as its new executive director as longtime ED Lisa Hasegawa steps down. Agnani previously served as CAPACD's director of policy and civic engagement, and as executive director of Chhaya Community Development Corporation.
The National Low Income Housing Coalition and the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding are developing a report to show members of Congress how federal housing programs have helped low-income families living in rural, suburban, and urban communities. The deadline to submit a success story is Jan. 6.
I don't want tears, disappointment, or anger; I want action, and specifically white action, which starts with some reflection on the overarching and insidious . . . More
To Survive Trump, Do Less (of This)
Rick Jacobus, Street Level Urban Impact Advisors
Since election day, most of the dozen or so email blasts from progressive organizations trying to come to terms with the unexpected results have pledged to "redouble" their efforts and do more of whatever they have been doing all along. This is understandable, but to survive a Trump administration, we will actually have to do LESS of something that we were doing before. More
4 Ways to Fight Community Opposition in the Age of . . . Opposition
Amy Clark, National Housing Conference
The public discourse may have permanently changed with this last election cycle, and it may likely affect our efforts to build support for affordable housing development. Here are four--not new, but definitely re-formed--obstacles that you may encounter and how to prepare for and respond to them . . . More
Making Community Benefits Agreements Count
Sherrell Dorsey, social impact storyteller
CBAs can be extremely difficult to implement and enforce, which is why a detailed agreement in the early stages of the community-developer relationship is so important. More
All the Fury Over CFPB Ignores the Modesty of Its Mission
Gregory D. Squires, George Washington University
It is still too early to know whether the incoming administration means to truly "defang" the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau. But does the agency even have fangs? More
"Economic development" is a public term, whose mission is to raise standards of living and quality of life outcomes, in real terms. Unfortunately, our public actors have acted as extensions of the Chambers of Commerce, claiming great success in business metrics, yet we remain . . . --Fernando Centeno, more