When Not to Merge

Wednesday, January 17, 2018
In this Issue: Walking Warriors ● Combat Inequality with Integration ● Thinking Better of a Merge ● Also: Jobs ● Shelter Shorts ● Events ● Industry News ● Opportunity +
Shelter Shorts

Activists at the Golden Globes | Carson’s HUD Takes Some Heat | We Make an Exception on Workforce Housing | Companies Must "Do Better" in Nashville | California Makes Policy Using Opportunity Maps | More...
Alexander Von Hoffman, Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies
Five housing organizations in Western New York got quite far down the road toward a merger before some of them changed their minds. Their effort, and what they did instead, reveals... Read Full Article
Josh Silver, NCRC
Inequality will ultimately slow down economic growth and more immediately increase social tensions. Two recent books argue there is a way to fight it, however... Read Full Article
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
When it comes to neighborhood-level community development interventions, how they are carried out is often as important as what is offered. Who was involved in development decisions? How is the new park designed, and who feels welcome there? The same is true of community-based health activities. Read Full Article

A: No! Despite common fears and the often-heard claim that, “all economists say rent control doesn’t work,” decades of evidence shows otherwise. See Full Infographic
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Jan. 25, 2 p.m. EST NeighborWorks America: Resilient Neighborhoods Webinar Staff from the NeighborWorks America's Community Initiatives department will discuss the elements of vibrant communities, introduce the concept of "progressive resilience," and provide examples of NeighborWorks network organizations that have responded to catastrophic events. Click here to register, and to see a list of upcoming webinar topics.
Industry News
Enterprise Community Investment and Community Preservation and Development Corporation (CPDC) are combining resources and efforts to ensure the continued affordability of 12,000 homes in the District of Columbia, Maryland, and Virginia. CPDC will operate as an affiliate of Enterprise. By combining resources, CPDC and Enterprise will strengthen their collective ability to build and preserve affordable homes while developing and deploying the next generation of resident services.
Rachel Schneider, co-author of The Financial Diaries: How American Families Cope in a World of Uncertainty, and Shelterforce contributor, joins the Aspen Financial Security Program as the Omidyar Network entrepreneur-in-residence. Schneider served as senior vice president at the Center for Financial Services Innovation from 2009-2017, and before that, worked with the Aspen Institute’s Initiative for Financial Security.
Effective January 16, Lou Tisler is the new executive director of the National NeighborWorks Association. He comes to this position from a brief role as director of the Housing Counseling Network for the National Community Reinvestment Coalition. From 2005 to early 2017, Tisler served as the executive director of Neighborhood Housing Services of Greater Cleveland.
The National Association of Latino Asset Builders (NALCAB) Colegio is a nine-month fellowship that brings together up to 18 Latino leaders from across the country. Fellows will build leadership skills and broaden their knowledge of the asset building field. To attend an informational webinar on Jan.18, click here. Application deadline is Jan. 31.
The National Trust for Historic Preservation announced the African-American Cultural Heritage Action Fund to provide grants ranging from $50,000 to $150,000 to advance ongoing preservation activities for historic places such as sites, museums, and landscape projects representing African-American cultural heritage. Grants are available to nonprofit organizations and government agencies. A letter of intent must be submitted by Tues., Jan. 31.
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I think a lot of Housing First concepts are valuable, including the literal meaning of the term (which can include transition-in-place) . . . The shortfall of National Alliance to End Homeless and HUD’s approach, and where they parted ways with the National Center on Family Homelessness (when it still existed), is… —Rose Phillips, more

Transition-in-place was a very successful model in our California Central Valley community, especially for families with children. But significant resources were lost when HUD axed transitional housing projects in favor of permanent supportive housing and rapid re-housing projects as part of… —Jon, more
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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
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
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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