Time to bury terms like "blight"

Tuesday, October 31, 2017
In This Issue: Four Simple Fixes for Mandatory Inclusionary Housing ● #ThisIsNotUs. Except, It Is. ● Review: Meltdown ● A Crisis of Culture (Again) ● Time to Bury Terms Like "Blight" ● Also: Jobs Opportunity ● Resources ● Events ● You Said It! ● In Case You Missed It ● More
Stephan Petryczka, Master of Urban Planning candidate, NYU
Given the commitment New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has made to low- and moderate-income residents, city officials ought to consider the realities of the housing lottery program on the ground. As other cities look to its policies to learn and borrow from, it is vital that the program is cleaned up and made worthy of modeling. Here are a few simple reforms that I believe could quickly improve the program here and inform similar programs elsewhere.
One of the ways that implicit racial bias is reinforced is through loaded language. Shelterforce has gathered some racially loaded terms that are common in our field. We suggest you use these sparingly and carefully, if at all . . .
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A. Adar Ayira, Associated Black Charities
How our organizations perform—how we frame our work and how we react to structural, institutional, and cultural threats to our stakeholders—is key. We are constantly faced with the decision of whether to #TakeAKnee in our work, and whether we meet this challenge or not either reinforces our racialized landscape or . . .
Joyce Fernandes, artist, writer, and cultural worker
During my 10 years at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, there were two major controversies at the School centered around the display of student artwork. The first involved a painting that showed the recently deceased Mayor Harold Washington, Chicago’s first African-American mayor, dressed in pink women’s lingerie. The second controversy involved the display of . . .
Kirsch and Squires’s book could best be described as a documentary-style telling of the politics behind the economic decisions leading to the financial crisis and subsequent policy responses. They describe the genesis of the idea for the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (a white paper by senior Obama White House staff led by Michael Barr), the economic motivations for the agency, the politics propelling and also inhibiting the agency, and key players including Richard Cordray, former “Jeopardy” champion and . . .
Thursday, Nov. 2, 3:00 p.m. ET ● Solutions for Mitigating Neighborhood Blight: Innovations and Policy StrategiesSponsored by the Federal Reserve Board, this Connecting Communities® webinar on mitigating "blight" will highlight two innovative programs and a policy strategy that offer working solutions to address the appraisal gap and mitigate the impact of vacancy and abandonment in distressed communities.
2017 Race for Results, Building a Path to Opportunity for All ChildrenThis new report from the Annie E. Casey Foundation measures children’s progress at the national and state levels in achieving key education, health, and economic milestones for racial and ethnic groups. This year’s report also focuses on the challenges facing children in immigrant families.
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City of Atlanta Extends Application Deadline for Innovative Affordable Housing Design Competition ● The competition, domestiCITY, seeks innovative proposals on how to balance the financial and spatial challenges of development in heavily populated and increasingly urbanized areas with the social and economic needs of existing and future communities. Intent to submit deadline is November 14th. For the complete timeline and more info, click here
You Said It!

It’s a national story/tragic/conspiracy
Capitalism rampant forever
Division into those with and those without

Your poem embraces all of it

Thank you —Chris Fisher

My Brothers . . .
you've Embraced what every "homegrown" man and woman
of this beautiful city feels . . .
Excellent work! from your . . . —LaJuan

This is beautiful. LOVE all of it but this stanza especially: 
Here, we are the monuments
With cherry blossom hearts
Cut us down and watch this city lose its soul . . . —Heather L Davis

You are amazing, you.
You make me stop and SEE you.
You help me remember and respect your struggle;
past, present and future, you.
You make me a better person, you.
And, I thank you. —C A P
In Case You Missed It
Project Manager
Hope Enterprise Corporation / Hope Credit Union is seeking an individual with a passion for social change and inclusion to amplify our efforts to extend our mission and impact to Hispanic/Latino residents across the Mid South. Leading a diverse and multi-disciplinary project team, the PM will . . . Read Full Listing
Executive Director
The Hopi Credit Association is a certified Native CDFI on the Hopi Reservation in Arizona. The ED directs overall operations and assures financial soundness and professional delivery of products and services in line with our Mission to provide loans for Hopi members in home construction, business, and . . . Read Full Listing
Senior Project Manager
Home City Development seeks a Senior Real Estate Project Manager to develop affordable housing and neighborhood improvement projects in Springfield and the surrounding Western Massachusetts communities. This person will work closely with staff to complete new projects, continue to . . . Read Full Listing
Director—International Shelter Initiatives
Habitat for Humanity seeks a talented individual for this highly collaborative and globally-focused position. The person in this role will provide a high level of technical expertise in the design and implementation of shelter and technology programs and initiatives, as well as technical funding and . . . Read Full Listing
Community Organizer
The person in this role will work with National Housing Trust and partner organization colleagues to organize residents, affordable housing owners, and stakeholders in select states and congressional districts where NHT owns affordable housing supported by project-based Section 8 rental housing assistance and Low-Income Housing Tax Credits . . . Read Full Listing
Director of New Projects
This senior-level leadership position drives new housing development with a focus on supportive housing. Working with the Executive Director, the person in this role will help position Beacon Interfaith as a thought leader in supportive housing in Minnesota and nationally . . . Read Full Listing
Executive Director
The National NeighborWorks Association seeks a strategic ED with superior relationship-building skills to further NNA’s work with a diverse network of NeighborWorks organizations, NeighborWorks America, and key national policymakers to promote the community development field . . . Read Full Listing
Executive Director
The ideal candidate for this position will be passionate about NeighborWorks’ mission of developing affordable housing and helping improve the livability of Great Falls neighborhoods. The ED will be responsible for the overall management, strategic direction, fundraising, accountability . . . Read Full Listing
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