Making It Easier to Build Won't Help

Also in This Issue: About Those Other HUD Jobs ● Please, Not Another Meeting ● Arts in Public Schools: Life Saving ● Rinku Sen
Tuesday, March 7, 2017

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Sharon Davies, director of the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, has been appointed provost and vice president of academic affairs at Spelman College, effective June 1. Davies currently also serves as vice provost for Diversity and Inclusion and chief diversity officer at Ohio State University and is a member of OSU's Moritz College of Law faculty.


Asset Funders Network | The Health and Wealth Connection: Opportunities for Investment Across the Life Course

This brief will expose funders to the latest research and philanthropic activities at the intersection of asset-building and health promotion. 


Affordable Housing and Community Land Trust White Paper Competition

South Florida Community Land Trust (SFCLT) sponsors this request for proposals, focusing on practical strategies to preserve affordability utilizing the CLT model, especially as applicable in the Miami-Dade market. Proposals due March 10 and winners will be awarded $2,500.

National Leased Housing Association Accepting Applications for Education Scholarships.

The NLHA Education Fund is awarding education grants and scholarships to low-income individuals residing in federally assisted rental housing. The NLHA Education Fund will offer four types of scholarships, one in recognition of one of the nation's largest affordable rental housing providers and three in memory of dedicated housing professionals and active NLHA members. Applications due April 17.

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Carson Confirmed. So About Those Other HUD Jobs . . .
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
Now that the half-hearted fight over HUD secretary is officially lost, many may want to console themselves with reflections on possible deputy secretary picks and their qualifications. However, the administration's foot-dragging on staffing-up may actually be . . . More

Arts in Public Schools: Life Saving
A. Adar Ayira, Associated Black Charities
A STEM curriculum can teach skill sets that are geared toward workforce functionality, but the value of the arts in schools has been measured too. Arts education is not only essential to youth, but to . . . More

Making It Easier to Build Won't Help
Murtaza Baxamusa, Sol Price School of Public Policy
I have had a front row seat to the permitting process by serving on downtown San Diego's planning board for almost three years. Here are three personal observations that may shed light on the mystery of why--despite creating every incentive that planners can conceive--we are failing to produce affordable housing at the level we need. More

"It Takes Courage": Rinku Sen, director of Race Forward and publisher of Colorlines
Interview by Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
I suspect that a good number of CDC leaders have never been in conflict with the police and so are uncertain when challenged by their own community members who have had negative experiences with them. I think CDCs would do well to . . .

Please, Not Another Meeting
Brad Carlin, Fusebox
A nonprofit forgoes the typical community meeting for a "living charrette," which leads to greater neighborhood feedback about a proposed 24-acre development. More

Coordinate Tax Credits and Veterans' Vouchers to Reduce Turnover
Quinn Gormley, CohnReznick, and Flynann Janisse, Rainbow Housing Assistance Corporation
While vouchers have been used in tax-credit properties for years to reduce the rental burden, arguably the most important component of the Veterans Affairs Supportive Housing program is . . . More

You Said It!

In most cities at least a quarter of the population lives alone. In this case, designing better rather than bigger could help reduce the net cost of development while increasing your overall NOI. Similarly, minimum lot sizes are . . . --Chris, more

Well-designed doesn't have to be expensive . . . --Lynda Hauser, more

With cars and most products, regulations are based on results (survive a head-on crash at 30mph) while with housing they are based on a method (to survive a fire, buildings must have X number of fire escapes, sprinklers, firewalls). In the case of a result-driven regulation, this leads the producer to find . . . --Richard, more

One important difference between cars and houses is, cars generally depreciate with age, especially luxury cars . . . Houses, if built out of reach, generally stay out of reach, and . . . 
--Curt Lyons, more

As I hear the reports that homelessness is declining; and, at the same time witness massive numbers of people subsisting in low-budget, high-cost hotels and motels; I wonder if . . .
--David Cooper, more

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Murtaza Baxamusa
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Michael Bodaken
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Jamaal Green
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