Creative Placemaking Needs a Power Base

Tuesday, January 23, 2018
In this Issue: The Tension Between CDC Specialization and Regionalization Civil Rights and Cooperative ActionCreative Placemaking Needs a Power Base Also: Jobs ● Shelter Shorts ● Events ● Industry News ● Resources ● Opportunity +
Shelter Shorts

Deportations will hurt housing market | L.A. takes steps to house its homeless | NIMBY power waning in NYC and Seattle? | An eviction crisis is here | Wells closing branches | More...
Bill Bynum, HOPE Enterprise Corporation
A question W.E.B. Du Bois once posed to Black people is today relevant to all Americans living on the edge of the economy: Should we go the way of capitalism or the way of cooperatives? Read Full Article
Michael Loftin, Homewise
If specialization and regionalization are essential to being effective and getting to scale, how does the field execute a multi-pronged strategy needed to address the many factors that affect communities? A new book by two veteran community development professionals explores this question with several case studies that… Read Full Article
Laura Zabel, Springboard for the Arts/Creative Exchange
Creative placemaking means more than merely adding public art into the mix. To be sustainable it needs think about how artists can be organizers to build relationships—and power. Read Full Article

Wed., Feb. 7, 2 p.m. ET | National Housing Conference (NHC) Webinar: Challenges of Affordable Housing for Native Americans | NHC’s Restoring Neighborhoods Task Force hosts this webinar to discuss the challenges of affordable housing for Native Americans, as well as best practices from the field.

Call for Nominations! | U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Fourth Annual Secretary's Awards for Healthy Homes | HUD's Office of Lead Hazard Control and Healthy Homes, in partnership with the National Environmental Health Association, offers this call for nominations for excellence in four categories:
  1. Public Housing/Multifamily Housing
  2. Policy and Education Innovation
  3. Cross-Program Coordination, and
  4. Research.
Nominations accepted online until Feb. 28. For more information about submission requirements, click here.
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Aspen Institute | New Strategies for Rethinking Regulation | How can smarter regulation create stronger cities? | Local regulation affects multiple aspects of city life. Yet, outdated rules and processes can limit innovation. These recommendations and case studies from the Aspen Institute's Center for Urban Innovation can help cities leaders create not just new rules, but new ways of writing and adjusting regulations that match the dynamism of cities themselves. 
Industry News
Paul Weech joins the Affordable Housing Institute as a senior principal. Weech most recently served as President and CEO of NeighborWorks America, and in senior roles for the Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future and the Housing Partnership Network.
David M. Dworkin has joined the National Housing Conference (NHC) as its next President and CEO. Dworkin joins NHC from the U.S. Treasury Department, where he was a senior housing policy advisor. He previously served at Fannie Mae in community lending partnership roles, as a foreign policy and defense advisor in the House of Representatives, and in several roles under the Secretary of State in the first Bush administration. 
The Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) has named Daniel A. Nissenbaum president and CEO. Nissenbaum, a longtime LIIF board member and Goldman Sachs executive, is also former chair of the National Housing Conference board. He succeeds Nancy O. Andrews who is stepping down after 20 years of service at LIIF.

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You Said It!

While segregation is clearly the product of racial discrimination, integration does not by itself right the many wrongs done by discrimination. Racial isolation does not cause… —Tim Mungavan, more

In this industry, nonprofits frequently talk about the need to collaborate, yet very little of it really happens. I think you have... —Anthony Jones, more

People reading this should be aware that 95 percent of merger conversations involving two organizations fail. That we were able to move four boards forward to a merger was very unusual and a small miracle that it happened… —Kim Brumber, more

Fortunately they haven’t declared it an “arts district.” In LA we say that as soon as an area is declared an “arts district,” no artist can afford to live there any more. —JJ HCat

Poorer communities of color stay poor due to PLANNED, concentrated poverty. The plan includes inferior educational institutions; government-sanctioned drug flooding which not only keeps the population weak and desperate but provides easy excuses for police to harass and arrest at will; and segregation’s ability to limit people’s mindset and range of experiences by… —Mars Caulton, more
Housing and Neighborhood Equity Planner/Analyst ● Texas Housers seeks a planner/analyst committed to racial equity in the provision of housing and public infrastructure, disaster recovery, and environmental justice. The person in this role will work in the Houston metro area with leaders and residents of low-income... Read Full Listing
Post-Disaster Infrastructure Equity Analyst and Housing Project Manager ● The person in this role will assess post-Hurricane Harvey housing and infrastructure rebuilding needs in lower-income communities in Austin, Houston, and south/east TX, and will develop and advocate for socially and environmentally... Read Full Listing
President and CEO, Elevation Community Land Trust (CLT) ● A collaborative of funders have partnered to launch this new CLT that will foster permanently affordable housing across metro Denver and ultimately statewide. As a new organization, the Elevation CLT requires a president & CEO who can build the organization, its board, its staff, and its assets... Read Full Listing
Executive Director ● HOMECorp is a community nonprofit in Montclair, NJ dedicated to providing affordable housing and financial literacy counseling. Our ideal candidate brings strong interpersonal skills, experience in raising private, foundation, and government... Read Full Listing
President and CEO ● Frontier Housing is an affordable housing nonprofit serving 11 counties in Northeastern Kentucky. The CEO will inherit an organization with a strong reputation in the community, upon which s/he will need to build, while managing a $1.2M budget and a staff of... Read Full Listing
State and Local Senior Policy
Specialist ● The Senior Specialist will engage in all aspects of the State and Local Policy department’s work. They will support the provision of technical assistance to policy makers through research and creation of high-quality deliverables (e.g. reports, presentations, memos)... Read Full Listing
Chief Impact Officer ● Housing Trust Silicon Valley seeks a leader who is enthusiastic about the creation and preservation of housing for low- to middle-income people in the Bay Area. If you have prior CDFI-related experience, can strengthen our leadership team, and can thrive in a collaborative environment, this is the role you’re looking for... Read Full Listing
Director of Advocacy and Community Engagement ● Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California seeks the right person for this senior position. The person in this role will expand a growing center of expertise, resources, and capacity to move a pro-affordable housing agenda at multiple levels, building a foundation for successful electoral work in the Bay Area and... Read Full Listing
Digital Communications Specialist ● Public Advocates Inc., a civil rights law firm and policy advocacy group, seeks a savvy team member as we co-lead the national CarsonWatch partnership. Our ideal candidate understands how to use social media to activate and grow an audience and is capable of working at the fast pace required... 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