Your Opportunity Map Is Broken

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
In This Issue: When Bad Names Get in the Way of Good Policy ● Tiny Home Villages for the Homeless ● Your "Opportunity" Map Is Broken ● Living Archives ● Also: Jobs Industry News ● You Said It! ● In Case You Missed It ● More
Edward G. Goetz, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
“Opportunity” is the new, ubiquitous catchword of contemporary housing policy today—as in “geography of opportunity,” “opportunity neighborhoods,” “opportunity mapping,” and no doubt many others. As with many catchwords, however, it is prone to misuse and is sometimes invoked in ways that are sloppy and ill-conceived. 

If we are truly going to reduce our housing policy objectives to the realm of goals related to “opportunity” I would like to offer some guidelines for its proper use . . .
Andreanecia Morris, HousingNOLA
More often than not, progressive housing policies are saddled with names that seem designed to not invoke any emotion at all. Good programs that can and have changed lives are saddled with names likes public housing and Low Income Housing Tax Credit. In the name of being accurate and explaining all the drawbacks and pitfalls, we’ve forgotten to . . .
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Though the Urban Land Conservancy's work aims to reduce the housing crisis over the long term by increasing affordable housing, there is also the very immediate question of what to do for people who are homeless now. As we've written about before, tiny home villages are one life-saving answer to that question. But the villages need somewhere to be . . .
Ted Wysocki, Institute of Cultural Affairs
The aim of “Living Archives” is to share the tools and experiences from 20th century peoples’ movements for social justice and human development with citizen activists, civic leaders, thinkers, and students. Their work 40 years ago remains very relevant for today’s challenging . . .
Industry News
The Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) appointed Andrew Givens as its chief operating officer and Jennifer Vasiloff as chief external affairs officer. Givens and Vasiloff have both worked in rural development at the USDA. Before that, Givens was vice president of government affairs at the Public Broadcasting Service, and he served for nearly 10 years on the Senate Appropriations Committee. Vasiloff most recently served as principal of a public policy consulting firm where her clients included CDFIs, affordable housing organizations, and federal agencies. She led the CDFI industry’s public policy work for over a decade, first as executive director of the CDFI Coalition and then from 2010 to 2014 as executive vice president of public policy for OFN. 
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You Said It!

I would like to remind readers that many of the housing practices mentioned by Mr. Saunders are indeed illegal, and have been for decades—as one example, redlining was outlawed in the 1970s. Sadly, though, where you have housing you will also find . . . —Carol Ott, more

Mr. Saunders and just about everybody else has resolutely unrealistic expectations of the pace at which we can achieve racial and economic housing integration. . . . Societies with such in-depth bigotry do not change that rapidly. . . . But now is no time to back off. The stakes are too high. —Daniel Lauber, more

Many people prefer to stay in their longtime homes, despite being located in segregated neighborhoods. Repairing and restoring homes in poor neighborhoods preserves affordable housing, enables homeowners to remain in place, enjoying the fruits of . . . —Bill Vandivier, more
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, Affordable Homeownership
The PM 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
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
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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