It's Our Fault the Public Doesn't Support Affordable Housing

Tuesday, February 6, 2018
In this Issue: Call for Submissions ● Land Trusts' Access to Mortgages Just Got Easier It's Our Fault the Public Doesn't Support Affordable Housing Also: Jobs ● Shelter Shorts ● Events ● Opportunity +
Shelter Shorts

Leaked HUD Rent Reforms = Homelessness | Super Bowl Rent Strike | Pharmacy Deserts | Tech Startups Fund Granny Flats | More...
Emily Thaden, Grounded Solutions Network
Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac recently committed to increase access to mortgages for shared equity homebuyers in their Underserved Markets Plans. Here are details of both enterprises’ three-year plans… Read Full Article
Looking for a Job? Scroll Down...
Tiffany Manuel, Enterprise Community Partners
Despite decades of our raising the issue of displacement in the face of rising rents, many Americans still do not see this as a call-to-action or a failure of public policy. Here is why our housing messaging may be backfiring, and some concrete recommendations on how we can change course. Read Full Article
Call for Submissions

What does community control of land mean to you and your organization? We talk a lot about community control of land as we try to envision a world where decisions about land are not driven merely by speculation and forces of exclusion. But who is the community? What level of control do they exercise? Toward what end?

Shelterforce is seeking short essays on this topic (200–500 words). Your essays can explore this from one of two angles: either how your community or organization already answers these questions in practice, or how community control of land ought to work, even if you don’t have an example yet.

Essays may be published online, in print, or both. We may follow up with questions or requests to expand certain points. Essays are due by Feb. 21st and can be emailed to We are also seeking high-resolution (minimum 1600 pixels wide) photos that represent community control of land.

Let us know as soon as you can if you intend to submit an essay.

TODAY! Tuesday, Feb. 6, 12 p.m. EST National Launch: 2018 Prosperity Now Scorecard In this webinar, Prosperity Now’s researchers and policy experts will unpack the latest data on issues ranging from savings, debt and credit, housing costs, self-employment, state EITCs, Medicaid, and more. This webinar is free, but registration is required. If you are unable to attend, register anyway to receive the recording after the webinar concludes. 

Funding for Rapid Recovery & Rebuilding ● Enterprise Community Loan Fund, Mercy Loan Fund, and NeighborWorks Capital are partnering to offer $15 million in capital to help communities recover and rebuild quickly following natural disasters such as hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria, and fires in both northern and southern California. Click here to learn more about how you can apply for financing.
You Said It!

After reading your article I am further convinced that living where I work is not only a convenience but a privilege and possibly a needed requirement for individuals who work in housing. Viewing only the title, I approached your piece with the thought that I knew some of what might be included in your writing. I suppose there’s a message for me to not judge the book by the cover. You truly uncover some of the deeper value community development advocates receive when they… —Tiffany Booker, more

I found it so affirming to read this article. —Rhoda Stauffer, more

This initiative of the sisters has been a catalyst for the development of what we now call the CDFI Industry and, as the title of the article implies, the emergence of the SRI and social impact fields. Thank you Sisters and thank you Shelterforce for a very nice article. —Gerardo Espinoza, more

I’ve always been impressed by how innovative and thoughtful the Sisters were (not to mention badass). They walked the walk long before many of us in impact investing joined the field. —Theresa Deibele, more

Thank you for a well-written and well-researched article. It is both inspiring and depressing. Inspiring because these women display a rare courage, creativity, business savvy, and justice-oriented vision. They understand the power that capital investment plays in creating opportunity and equity. Depressing because… —Sandy Bishop, more

Dee, thank you for documenting and making visible the groundbreaking contributions made by Women Religious. While I’ve had a sense that they have played an important role in community investing, I had no idea how large or courageous their participation has been... —AndrĂ©e Tremoulet, more

Author Reply:
Thanks for the feedback. I got intrigued by this story while raising money for my former employer, NOAH. It is a remarkable legacy and I wanted others to know about it. —Dee Walsh

Help support Shelterforce, the voice of community development! Subscribe to our quarterly print magazine.

In last week's Industry News section, we mistakenly referred to the Mercy Loan Fund as "a new CDFI." The Mercy Loan Fund has been funding affordable housing and essential community infrastructure projects for three decades. We regret the error.
Regional Property ManagerThe RPM is responsible for the overall management of residential and commercial properties owned and leased by Opportunity Council throughout its regional, three-county, service territory. The person filling this new position will have the opportunity to reorganize and grow the agency’s... Read Full Listing
Executive Vice President of Real Estate CommonBond Communities is seeking a candidate for this senior leadership position—a compelling and visionary leader who will form powerful relationships with internal and external stakeholders, and a strategic thinker who will promote sustainable growth and advancement... Read Full Listing
Housing and Neighborhood Equity Planner/AnalystTexas 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 ManagerThe person in this role will assess post-Hurricane Harvey housing and infrastructure rebuilding needs in lower-income communities in Austin, Houston, and south/east Texas, 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 DirectorHOMECorp is a community nonprofit in Montclair, New Jersey 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 CEOFrontier 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
More Jobs
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