Our 10 Most-Read Articles of 2017

Wednesday, December 27, 2017
Shelterforce's 10 Most Popular Articles of 2017 
We're taking a few days off from the Weekly, but wanted to share with you some of our most-read posts of 2017. They'll be familiar to some of you and new to others, and we hope you enjoy them.

For now, we wish you a happy, healthy, and productive New Year! With your continued support, Shelterforce will be with you every step of the way.

—Miriam, Keli, Lillian, Terri, and Harold
Keli A. Tianga, Shelterforce
"On the west side of Prospect Park in Brooklyn, the neighborhood has been predominantly West Indian, but it’s changing. Maybe four or five years ago, there was an RIP mural that has been there for as long as I can remember, 15 to 20 years, and it was of a young black man who had gotten shot by a cop. And overnight, literally, overnight . . . " Read Full Article
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: Read Full Article
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Rick Jacobus, Street Level Urban Impact Advisors
Why *don’t* we build more housing? I find the simple answers unsatisfying. It is very easy to blame the NIMBYs, the bureaucrats, or the unions, but I don’t think we can tackle this challenge without honestly looking at the role we each play in making choices that result in less housing being built and ultimately in higher housing costs. Read Full Article
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce 
Shirronda Almeida hears the question from other colleagues of color often: “When I go to housing meetings why I am the only person of color?” As an African-American woman, Almeida—director of the Mel King Institute for Community Building in Boston, which runs training, leadership development, and mentoring programs for community developers—knows the feeling well. She says things haven’t changed on that front over her many years in community development as much as she would have hoped. Her perception isn’t wrong. Read Full Article
Dan Immergluck, Urban Studies Institute at Georgia State University
I have come to the conclusion that, absent a fundamentally new approach to redevelopment planning that places housing affordability at the center of the process, large-scale sustainable development projects are likely to become engines of what has been termed “environmental gentrification.” Read Full Article
Shelterforce Staff
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 . . . Read Full Article
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Steve King, Oakland Community Land Trust
The term NOAH, or “naturally occurring affordable housing,” has quickly become an accepted phrase used to denote unsubsidized rental housing, generally more than 30 years old, that happens to be relatively affordable compared to housing in adjacent, more desirable neighborhoods or newer, more amenity-rich buildings. From my perspective, there are two major issues with NOAH: one is semantic, and one is practical. First off, there is nothing . . . Read Full Article
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
I remember watching Ben Carson's confirmation hearing. I remember that despite some classically offensive and terrifying comments about public assistance and dependency, he sounded fairly moderate much of the time, like someone who wasn't salivating to dismantle the agency. But now . . . Read Full Article
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DiDi Delgado, writer, organizer, and poet
The gatekeepers of housing have continuously found devious ways to isolate and exploit people of color simply looking to house their families. And these families are forced to “play the game” or risk being evicted and subjected to further systemic abuse. Speaking of eviction, it’s time to remove that word from our vocabulary. Read Full Article
Rick Jacobus, Street Level Urban Impact Advisors
For low-income residents in high-cost areas, there is no substitute for public sector action to provide below-market rate housing, but for middle-income households, the market really should be able to provide appropriate housing without government subsidy. So why doesn't this happen? Read Full Article
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
Policy Analyst or Senior Policy Analyst—Housing Policy ● The CBPP seeks a Housing Policy Analyst to conduct analyses and design policy proposals across a range of federal housing policy issues. Most of the HPA’s work will be relevant to current legislative developments—including annual appropriations for housing programs, as well as efforts to reform them—so the role offers... Read Full Listing
Chief Executive Officer ● The CEO will oversee governance and operation, leading the charge in establishing new pathways to private and public resources to support the organizational mission. Our primary goals are to advance housing policies that lead to access, equity, and inclusion; and to increase units with lasting affordability... Read Full Listing
Assistant Project Manager ● Telesis seeks an Assistant Project Manager to assist the development team in the day-to-day management of all aspects of the housing development process, including responding to proposals and supporting existing projects (design, entitlements, financing, and construction). Current projects include... Read Full Listing
Archdiocesan Housing Chief Executive Officer ● The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of New York seeks a recognized leader in the affordable housing community to direct and oversee its affordable housing programs as its first Archdiocesan Housing CEO. The CEO will oversee and manage the increasingly complex and... Read Full Listing
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