Three Dangers and an Opportunity

Also: New Bills Would Enforce Ignorance ● Houston, We Have a Segregation Problem ● Not All Asian Elderly Are Well Off ● What Must Be Done
Tuesday, February 14, 2017

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Vicki Been, Katherine O'Regan Return to NYU Furman Center

Been, most recently commissioner of the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development under Mayor Bill de Blasio, and O'Regan, most recently assistant secretary for policy development and research at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, will return to the New York University Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy as faculty directors.

Mixed-Income Innovation and Action Network to Launch
Salin Geevarghese has been appointed founding director of the Mixed-Income Innovation and Action Network -- a new venture of the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities, Urban Strategies Inc., and the Center for the Study of Social Policy (CSSP). The network will improve, accelerate, and track the progress of the national effort to create equitable mixed-income communities. Geevarghese most recently served as deputy assistant secretary for international and philanthropic innovation at the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. He will be based with CSSP.

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Three Dangers and an Opportunity
Michael Bodaken and Ellen Lurie Hoffman, National Housing Trust
In the coming months and years, a number of high stakes policy decisions will pose significant threats to core affordable housing and community development programs, while others could create opportunities. Here are some of the most important. More

New Bills Would Enforce Ignorance on Housing Opportunity
Debby Goldberg, National Fair Housing Alliance
How will two proposed Republican-sponsored bills in the House and Senate leave the public, local government, and affordable housing advocates in the dark on issues of housing segregation and discrimination? More

Not All Asian Elderly Are Well Off
Kelley Lou, National CAPACD
A recent Fox News attempt at comedy highlighted mass media's general stereotypes about Asian Americans. But how are assumptions about that community being wealthy harming efforts to advocate for a particularly vulnerable sub-group? More
NJ Future

Poem: What Must Be Done
Fernando Martí, Council of Community Housing Organizations
Do not hate them.
Do not be angry with them:
The real estate agents, appraising
the value of other peoples lives . . . More

Houston, It's Time to Stop Accommodating Segregation
John Henneberger, Texas Low Income Housing Information Service
Mayor Turner has declared that he will "utilize all possible avenues" to overturn HUD's integration order. In doing so, he continues to misunderstand the meaning of fair housing . . . More

Bringing Together Arts and Community Development
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
Jason Schupbach, director of design programs for the National Endowment for the Arts, says: "When you want to repress or take away freedoms in a society, the first thing you do is take away its culture . . ." More
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I am a lifelong advocate for housing for everyone. With 47 years as a landlord who rented to those who could not afford anyone else's rental prices, I rented at cost with profit to be realized when the building was sold. My experience was that if a tenant was treated with respect, they responded with respect. With over 200 tenants in 47 years, I evicted only . . . --Helen G. McCahill, more

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