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Nuisance Laws May Violate Fair Housing Act

Tuesday, March 27, 2018
In this Issue: Trump Administration Sets Sights on CRA ● Health Care Facilities in Affordable Housing Developments ● Nuisance Laws May Violate Fair Housing Act Also: Jobs ● Shelter Shorts ● Events ● Opportunity Industry News +
Shelter Shorts
Omnibus Bill Is Good for HUD | Barbershops Are Good for Black Health | Kushner Tries to Make Rent-Reg Units Disappear | The U.S. Is Quicksand for Black Boys | Not a Gap, a Chasm | More…
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J. Rosie Tighe, Cleveland State University
Criminal activity nuisance ordinances (CANOs) are being adopted by municipalities in greater numbers nationwide. Fighting nuisances might sound great, but when landlords respond by moving to evict whenever there’s a call to law enforcement, people’s rights get violated, racial inequity increases, and more people are at risk of homelessness. Here’s how to retool these ordinances to avoid the worst of these problems. Read Full Article
Sharon Velasquez, The Greenlining Institute
With its track record of weakening payday lending regulations and attacks on the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, we have no doubt the Trump administration’s Community Reinvestment Act “reform” will weaken the law and the private investments it encourages. If there was ever... Read Full Article
Joe Strupp, freelance writer
Offering on-site health care in housing developments makes sense. But developing and managing housing and health care facilities can be very different. How do you make them work together? Read Full Article

Wednesday, March 28, 1 p.m. EDT | All-In Cities, Reforming Fines and Fees: From Wealth Stripping to Economic Security | Regressive fines-and-fees systems that strip wealth from low-income families and people of color not only hinder the financial security of vulnerable families, they also compromise the economic strength of cities and regions overall. But community leaders and local officials can take the lead to reform these systems, using an equity lens in public budgets. This webinar, hosted by PolicyLink, will focus on strategies to support the economic security and mobility of low-income residents.
Industry News
Calvin Gladney Selected as President and CEO of Smart Growth America | The board of Smart Growth America (SGA) has announced the selection of Calvin Gladney to succeed Geoff Anderson as the third president and CEO in the organization’s history. Prior to joining SGA, Gladney spent more than a decade at the helm of Mosaic Urban Partners, a firm he founded that delivered redevelopment strategies, addressed persistent blight, and catalyzed inclusive development in cities around the country. He also served as a senior visiting fellow for Equity at the Urban Land Institute, as adjunct professor at Georgetown University, as general counsel at BRIDGE Housing, and as vice president at Anacostia Waterfront Corporation. Gladney will begin his duties with SGA in mid-April.

Wallace Center Seeks Applications for Regional Food Economies (RFE) Fellowship Program | The Wallace Center RFE program will foster partnerships and collaborations that build robust, resilient regional food economies, to work toward building a national cohort, which will provide models for successful engagement between regional food systems and stakeholders such as community development organizations and public health agencies. Proposals are due April 2.

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You Said It!

Great article. Here in St. Louis we are working with the state’s largest hospital to partner homeless services with emergency room medicine. Hospitals realize that… —Paul Dribin, more

RWJF has supported the development of the web tool that allows community organizations and others to enter the name of a hospital (or region) and see the information from the schedule H—where community benefit expenditures are located—in a user-friendly way. Currently… —Pamela Russo, more

In my opinion, to create elective change you need voters or dollars; if you can have both, so much the better, but those that are being affected the most are the people who can least afford to donate to elective causes. Therefore… —Lou Tisler, more

I’m glad all of these mega foundations are proud of themselves for putting money back into a broken system. …When the US economy was the strongest, federal tax contributions from corporations was 32%. Today, after the latest round of tax cuts, corporations will pay less than 8%. …Gee, I wonder why we have a problem with housing, nutrition, child care, etc. —Peter Rose, more

So often, community-change efforts close down the creativity of residents and undercut the natural will, motivation, and expectations for change that are critically needed. Residents are our greatest resource, as Lillian’s piece points out. We are wasting this wisdom if… —Jennifer Vanica, more
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