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The Wrong People Are Paying to Fight Homelessness

Tuesday, October 17, 2017
In This Issue: Poverty Is a Choice—Says the House Budget ● Policing and Community Development ● The Wrong People Are Paying to Fight Homelessness ● Also: Events You Said It! ● In Case You Missed It ● Jobs ● More
There is considerable disagreement as to whether or not the White House’s nine-page framing document on taxes actually clarified much of anything. Trump and his various surrogates have done an awful lot of lying in the meantime—about who benefits, who doesn’t, and by how much—and no one seems to know how, exactly, the Congressional majority intends to pay for the trillions of dollars in tax cuts for which they’re calling. It seems to involve a fair amount of magical thinking. Well, magical thinking, and shanking the poor. That much was clarified: The poor will, of course, be shanked.

Tax brackets, tax breaks, and just how much more rich the rich will become are all important details, no doubt, but . . .
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Many people in the community development field are conflicted about the police presence where they work. While they often collaborate with law enforcement to respond to concerns about crime in their neighborhoods or their properties, many community development leaders are also aware that the residents they serve are often mistreated by police and are wary of supporting overpolicing or increased incarceration.

Miriam Axel-Lute: What do you think is the relationship between the community development field and law enforcement?

Erika Anthony: Cleveland Neighborhood Progress intersects with law enforcement in a couple different ways, one being . . .
Maya Brennan, Mary Cunningham, and Meg Massey, Urban Institute
Most people think of shelters as an inexpensive response to homelessness, but they are actually an expensive band-aid: preventing homelessness in the first place, or cutting it short by providing housing vouchers, can improve families’ lives and may even generate net fiscal savings.

An investment in a housing voucher buys fewer incidents of domestic violence, child protective services involvement, and food insecurity today, while putting children on a path to improved earnings and lower risk of incarceration over the long run. When the housing voucher buys access to a lower-poverty neighborhood, children experience additional improvements in long-term education and employment outcomes. Not only are these outcomes good for the families and their communities, they can also result in tangible savings for social services agencies.

In other words, when families have stable housing, the benefits are widespread. And perhaps that has been the problem.
Oct. 24, 3:00 p.m. ET • When the Facts Don't Fit the Frame • While housing advocates have been increasingly able to draw on new data about the positive impacts of affordable housing, attempts to present this information often backfire. When faced with the latest research, many people are unconvinced because the data does not conform to the way they already see the issue. Building public will requires better evidence and context about the benefits of new solutions. This webinar, presented by Enterprise Community Partners, will show some ways to achieve this.
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You Said It!

I’m a volunteer firefighter in Mendocino County, where we are currently facing devastating wildfires. This article gets to the heart of why I volunteer in the community I live in. I’d like to add about ICS that . . . —Angela DeWitt, more

I agree with your assessment but did I miss your suggestion for a term referring to that “missing middle” housing that is 80-120% AMI? —Jeff Hosea, more

Great, provocative article, particularly the section on gentrification and the use of non-neutral language in mainstream discussions . . . To the two commenters, please read the article again. Look at the premises evident in how you set up the choices you’ve faced, the context, the history. We’ve seen how “historic preservation” in urban neighborhoods has often been initiated by and almost always co-opted and commodified by those who seek to profit from . . . —Bob Brehm, more

From a governance standpoint at the federal level attempting and striving for fairness to any and all immigrants to our country, how do you justify allowing a particular class of undocumented over everyone else in the world simply because they . . . —Fernando Centeno, more
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