Integration—We’ve Been Doing It Wrong

Tuesday, November 14, 2017
In This Issue: NYC a Hotbed of Community Land Trust Innovation ● Housing Is Health ● Community Benefits Victory in Detroit—Sort Of ● Integration—We've Been Doing It Wrong ● Also: Jobs Events ● You Said It! ● In Case You Missed It ● More
Linda S. Campbell, Equitable Detroit Coalition; Daniel Kravetz, freelance writer
For equitable development activists—especially those who have fought long battles to secure a Community Benefits Agreement or other concessions from developers—Detroit’s Community Benefits Ordinance and its mandate may seem like major progress. And it is—just not how they may imagine it to be.
Pete Saunders, urban planner, consultant, and blogger
In a revelation about the American approach to racial integration, I realized that we've been doing it all wrong, and it's had disastrous impacts on African Americans. Our cities are facing another integration challenge today, and we're in danger of repeating the same mistakes.

What if, instead of outlawing housing discrimination by race, religion, national origin and all other protected classes, the federal government outlawed . . .
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Alina Harway, Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California
In November 2016, three affordable housing funding campaigns in the Bay Area were passed. In each of these campaigns, health considerations were critical components of the win. County supervisors from each of the regions talk to us about how:
Last week, the launch of the Interboro CLT was the latest in a series of milestones this year that together show just how much New York housing advocates have embraced the CLT model and are determined to adapt it to meet their communities’ needs. Interboro is one of four recipients of a $1.65 million grant from Enterprise Community Partners’ Community Land Trust Initiative to the city, funded by bank settlement money. Every one of the recipients is pushing the envelope on thinking about what CLTs can do. 
Events
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2 p.m. ET ● Tackling Gentrification and Displacement in Creating Vibrant CommunitiesWebinar presented by America Walks. Attendees will expand their knowledge of community development, learn from those working to address challenges in the field, and develop strategies for public, private, and civic neighborhood leaders to work together to support new patterns of growth.
Thursday, Nov. 16, 9:30 a.m. ET ● In the Red: Debt in Low- and Moderate-Income African-American CommunitiesThis event will take place at the headquarters of Prosperity Now (formerly CFED) and will live-stream on Facebook. Participants will examine the realities of systemic racial economic inequality and will discuss what can be done to support vulnerable communities and work for policy change.
Thursday, Nov. 16, 2:30 p.m. ET ● FY18 Budget Outlook for Affordable Housing ProgramsThe National Low-Income Housing Coalition sponsors this webinar with speakers from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, LeadingAge, and more to discuss how advocates can effectively communicate with policymakers and the public about the need for increased federal investments in proven affordable housing and community development programs.
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You Said It!
From Facebook:

Great piece from Shelterforce on crowdmapping as a creative tool for engaging with community — it's democratic, requires no special training, and allows everyone to have a voice . . . —Design Impact, in response to We Need the Data—But Can’t Forget the People—in Creative Placemaking

Storms pass — but often the aftermath lingers and offers the biggest lessons. At #Intersections2017 we took some time to discuss natural disasters with attendees and Shelterforce. SHOUT OUT to member orgs who helped drive the conversation . . . thank you for sharing your lessons learned. . . —Grounded Solutions Network, in response to Not If But When: A Disaster Preparedness Conversation

Who will lead community development operations? Why is the racial leadership gap so wide? Shelterforce addresses these questions and more in this important piece on community economic development's racial representation problem . . . —The Community Economic Development Association of Michigan (CEDAM), in response to Who Will Lead Community Development Corporations?


From Twitter:

Thank you for reminder and perspective. Much easier to -not- look at how our work often mirrors the broader system of institutional racism. —Valerie Douglas in response to Adar Ayira's #ThisisNotUs. Except, It Is


I distinctly remember raising this question to a coalition of Philly advocates & getting summarily shot down. But the answer is yes. —Amy Laura Cahn

Can we please, please, please also bury acronym NOAH before it gains more traction? Nothing "naturally occurring" about structural racism. —Anne Griffith

Hmm . . . I'll try out "distressed properties." It should work for most cases. —Maya A. Brennan

I'm sympathetic to this, but have never found an adequate replacement for "inner city." The alternatives offered here might be useful in some cases, but often do not work. Any other #urbanhist people have suggestions? —Leif Fredrickson
In Case You Missed It
Jobs
Senior Organizer
The Center for Community Change Housing Trust Fund Project seeks a staff person to build statewide networks of affordable housing residents and to work on all aspects of providing information and technical assistance to organizations working to create/implement housing trust funds . . . Read Full Listing
Program Manager
This person will develop, implement, and provide ongoing management for our Affordable Homeownership Team. We work to address the growing racial wealth divide through program development, policy advocacy, partnerships, and thought leadership to ensure sustainable . . . Read Full Listing
Training Senior Specialist
We are looking for a creative and detail-oriented self-starter to join our team to oversee our annual national conference and grow our training program’s scale and impact. Our work requires someone who can balance and incorporate many different perspectives into complicated, fast-paced . . . Read Full Listing
Executive Director
Our ideal candidate is a professional leader with financial and business expertise who is able to work in a diverse environment. He or she will have experience in real estate development or mortgage lending, and extensive success in grant writing and fund procurement. The ED must . . . Read Full Listing
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 . . . 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
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Bob Annibale, Citi ● Laura Barrett, Interfaith Worker Justice ● Murtaza Baxamusa, Sol Price School of Public Policy, USC ● Michael Bodaken, National Housing Trust ● Bill Bynum, HOPE Credit Union ● Steve DubbJamaal Green, Portland State University ● John Henneberger, Texas Low Income Housing Information Service ● David Holtzman, newspaper reporter and former planner ● Josh Ishimatsu, National CAPACD ● Rick Jacobus, Street Level Advisors ● Daniel Kravetz, freelance writer ● Alan Mallach, Center for Community Progress ● Jonathan Reckford, Habitat for Humanity ● Doug Ryan, Prosperity Now ● Josh Silver, NCRC ● James Tracy, San Francisco Community Land Trust ● Eva Wingren, Baltimore Community Foundation