Time for Trickle *Up* Housing

Tuesday, November 7, 2017
In This Issue: Fair and Transformative Disaster Recovery ● The Renters Movement Is Back! ● Neighbors Help Public Housing Get Healthy ● Trickle Up Housing ● Also: Jobs Events ● Opportunity ● You Said It! ● In Case You Missed It ● More
John Henneberger, Texas Low Income Housing Information Service
At Texas Housers, we’ve confronted a series of natural disasters over the past decade that forced us to develop new approaches for our housing advocacy. In the wake of Hurricane Harvey, we find ourselves back at it. Here are seven lessons we have learned:
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
There’s a lot of talk about how homes will “filter down.” The argument goes that building new luxury housing will allow the wealthiest people to move into new housing, and (if the supply outstrips demand), eventually what had been high-end housing will command less money and will “filter down” to be affordable to lower income levels. But here’s the thing we don’t talk about enough:
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Malcolm Torrejón Chu, Right To The City Alliance
In the wake of the foreclosure crisis, community organizations and new autonomous tenant union groups have been rebuilding the housing justice movement block by block. In 2017, they are racking up significant victories that enhance renter protections, invest in community control of housing, and secure . . .
Jessica Tokunaga and Jessica Wolin, Health Equity Institute, and Lyn-Tise Jones, Urban Services YMCA
Many public housing residents feel that there is stigma associated with accessing certain services, such as mental health support and case management, and as a result they stay away. Services may also present logistical barriers, like inflexible hours or lack of childcare, or there can be a perceived lack of cultural competence on the part of providers. Peer-to-peer strategies attempt to bridge social divides while providing opportunities for residents to . . .
Events
Wednesday, Nov. 15, 2:00 p.m. EST ● Tackling Gentrification and Displacement in Creating Vibrant CommunitiesPresented 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.
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Opportunity
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!

Unfortunately, landlords can refuse to accept rental assistance in most areas. This will slow the movement of . . . —Jerry Rioux, more

Section 8 is a bear in my county as well; voucher holders can’t find rentals that are within the very low FMR limit and so . . . —Carolyn Malanowski, more

Basing FMRs and voucher payment standards [on smaller geographical areas] can actually help reduce rents and housing instability among unassisted renters in low income/low rent areas who have been having to pay inflated rents just to compete with voucher holders for units. In Baltimore at least, landlords tend to . . . —Barbara Samuels, more
In Case You Missed It
Jobs
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, 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
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Featured Bloggers
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