Carson Lied.

Also: Tenant Organizers Go for Scale ● Disclosure Remains Our Right ● Millennial Women and Retirement Savings ● The Good Landlord: Review
Tuesday, March 14, 2017


Webinar | Everyone is Welcome Here: Addressing Immigration Issues Facing Our Communities | March 17, 11 a.m. EDT

The Housing & Community Development Network of NJ and the Alliance for Immigrant Justice cosponsor this webinar about how CDCs can help meet the needs of new American residents, refugees and others in uncertain and challenging times.

Webinar | How Advocates Can Help Stop President Trump's $7 Billion Cut to HUD In Its Tracks | March 20, 4 p.m. EDT

The National Low Income Housing Coalition and other leaders of the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding present this webinar on proposals to severely cut funding for critical HUD resources that help some of the most vulnerable in our communities. Learn more about how you can help fight back against these budget cuts.


Growing Sustainable Communities | Call For Presentations

The 10th annual Growing Sustainable Communities Conference to be held Oct. 3-4 in Dubuque, Iowa, is now accepting proposals for workshop presentations. More than 30 presentations will be selected among those submitted. The submission deadline is March 19.

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Preliminary HUD Budget Shows Carson Lied in His Confirmation Hearing Too
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
I remember watching Ben Carson's confirmation hearing and remember that despite some classically offensive and terrifying comments about public assistance and dependency, he sounded fairly moderate much of the time, like someone who wasn't salivating to dismantle the agency. But now . . . More

Tenant Organizers Go for Scale
Causa Justa :: Just Cause and Tenants Together
Early this month, tenant leaders and organizers from throughout California gathered in L.A. to align our visions of housing justice, share strategies to build power, and move together across issues for a powerful response to the housing crisis, gentrification and displacement. Here is what we learned and plan on doing this year . . . More

Disclosure Remains Our Right
Ted Wysocki, Institute of Cultural Affairs (ICA)-USA
Social justice relies on disclosure--by our government and from our independent press. The threats to both in this new political age are reminding organizers of our roots and forcing us to again . . . More

Millennial Women and Retirement Savings: Start Where You Are
Lillian Singh and Joanna Ain, CFED
Career and life opportunities for Millennial women are greater than any previous generation of women, but the barriers to saving are numerous. How can this age group prepare themselves for retirement and old age now, and advocate for common-sense changes to federal programs designed to care for . . . More

Review of The Good Landlord, by Peter Gilman Shapiro
Roger Markovics, United Tenants of Albany
When I picked up Peter Shapiro's book The Good Landlord: A Guide to Making a Profit While Making a Difference, my first thought was, "What happens when you can't do both, or have to choose one over the other?" My cynicism is a product of 46 years of experience as a community worker in a small . . . More

You Said It!

Richard, I think your point about results-based vs method-based is interesting and on point, but you qualify for results-based car safety by doing crash tests. Each builder is not likely to want to try to burn down a whole building in order to prove . . . --Miriam Axel-Lute, more

A great read with some good breakdowns of complex issues. However, it's slightly dissatisfying that the "what can be done" conclusion implies a market-based approach, as opposed to angling for more structural aims . . . --Jeff Kruth, more

Author Reply
I am not sure why you say this implies a market based solution. I am not implying that. I am stating it explicitly--in the very first sentence . . . Saying that the market can do something is not the same as saying that it can do everything. --Rick Jacobus, more

Both building more housing generally and investing in affordable housing specifically, are necessary to dig us out of the hole we're in. --Josh, more

New development is not improving the affordable housing situation because much new luxury development replaces existing affordable units. Unfortunately, California's property tax and Proposition 13 exacerbate . . . --Rick Rybeck, more

Author Reply
No two markets are the same, least of all in land development. It is therefore pertinent to ask why "regulations" as a generic concept are the bogeyman of developers . . . These questions are important because bundled among the targeted "regulations" may be those that ensure affordable housing be preserved, financed, and built . . . --Murtaza Baxamusa, more

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Interfaith Worker Justice

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

Gamaliel Foundation

Jamaal Green
Portland State University

Texas Low Income Housing Information Service

Lisa Hodges
Hodges Development, LLC

Planner, Louisa County, Va.

National CAPACD

Rick Jacobus
Street Level Advisors

Daniel Kravetz
Freelance Writer


Center for Community Progress

Alexandra Moffett-Bateau
City University of New York

Tulane University

Habitat for Humanity

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