Lots of Maps, Little Insight

Also: High Cost of Affordable Housing Not CDCs' Fault ● How to Get $2 Billion for Affordable Homes ● Pockets of Progress
Tuesday, May 16, 2017

In Memoriam

Pete Garcia, longtime leader of Chicanos Por La Causa (CPLC) and a founding member of the National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders, passed away on Wednesday, May 3 at the age of 71. He retired from CPLC in 2008 and started a community foundation named after his mother, Victoria. If you have memories of working with Pete that you'd like to share, please send them to us at remember@nhi.org.

Industry News

Vanessa Moses has stepped in as executive director of Causa Justa/Just Cause (CJJC). Moses has served with CJJC for over 12 years, and before that served with GenerationFIVE and the Ella Baker Center for Human Rights. She succeeds MarĂ­a Poblet, who served as CJJC founding executive director since 1999.


Webinar | Getting the Message Right: How to Stop Trump's Proposed Cuts to Affordable Housing | May 19 at 3 p.m. EDT

The National Low Income Housing Coalition and other leaders of the Campaign for Housing and Community Development Funding invite you to learn how to effectively communicate with policymakers and the public about the impact of the new administration's budget cuts on families and communities.

Webinar | How the Financial CHOICE Act Would Leave Consumers in Harm's Way | May 23 at 2 p.m. EDT

The Corporation for Enterprise Development, the Center for Responsible Lending, the National Council of La Raza, and Americans for Financial Reform present this interactive webinar to discuss the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau's efforts to protect consumers, how the CHOICE Act would fundamentally change the bureau, and what you can do to push back against these detrimental changes.

Social Determinants of Health Through a Cultural Lens at People and Places 2017 | National Alliance of Community Economic Development Associations | May 31 - June 2

Shelterforce publisher Harold Simon will moderate a panel of three leaders in bridging the gap between health care and community development in communities of color. The conference will include 35 sessions and 100 speakers. Click here to learn more.

Webcast and In-Person Meeting | HUD: A New Era of Homeownership | June 1 at 2 p.m. EDT

Joel Kan, Mortgage Bankers Association; Christie Peale, Center for NYC Neighborhoods; Jon Spader, Harvard JCHS; and Lawrence Yun, National Association of Realtors, will discuss the recent housing crisis and its impact on consumer behavior with a focus on the challenges millennial purchasers face. Registration and further info here.

High Cost of Affordable Housing Is Not CDCs' Fault
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
Affordable housing does cost a lot to build in many places. But blaming some of the organizations working hardest to create affordable housing in the most difficult situations is not the way to lower that cost. Still, this is exactly what Myron Orfield implied when he argued . . . More

Entrenched Poverty, Juxtaposed Against Occasional Pockets of Progress
Bill Bynum, HOPE Credit Union
We can look to examples of initiatives that combat rural poverty, and communities that have beat seemingly insurmountable odds to progress beyond the current fate of 353 persistently poor counties in the U.S., but the key to turning the tide will be . . . More

Lots of Maps, Little Insight in Richard Florida's Latest
Alan Mallach, Center for Community Progress
Richard Florida's new book, The New Urban Crisis, addresses one of the most important issues facing anyone who cares seriously about cities today: their growing inequality and polarization. That's the good news. The bad news is that he does so very badly. More

How to Get $2 Billion for Affordable Homes
Sharon Cornu, Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California
The Bay Area's affordable housing community has moved from conducting political action through gatekeepers and lobbyists to building an electoral base and direct capacity. What were their steps, and what will this win do for affordable housing in the region? More

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