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Stop Talking About Cost Savings

Tuesday, April 10, 2018
In this Issue: Where the Displaced Are First in Line for a Home ● Local Food and Equity ● Stop Talking About Cost Savings ● Also: Jobs ● Shelter Shorts ● Resources Industry News +
Shelter Shorts

Gentrification Is Bad For Your Health | Housing Teachers . . . at School |
Protecting Space for Local Business | Transit-oriented Development Doesn't Have to Displace | Community Artists Win in Court | More . . . 
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Kimberly Latimer-Nelligan, Low Income Investment Fund
There is a significant body of research that documents the health care cost savings associated with investing in housing, particularly housing with supportive services. This data is often used to encourage the health care system to direct new sources of capital to affordable housing resident services, but it’s not a good idea to focus on cost savings alone to encourage this work. Here’s whyRead Full Article
Jackie Keogh, Proud Ground
When Ava Johnson was a high school student, her family was forced to leave their home after it was purchased through eminent domain. Decades later, and with a family of her own, she dreamt of returning to the community that she had grown up in. At first she thought it could never happen, but then she learned ... Read Full Article
Jay Salinas, Wormfarm Institute
Sustainability is about thriving, not just surviving. We will not thrive if we are poorly paid martyrs to a good cause, and thus, in a healthy, diverse, and vital food system, some of our efforts might need to be directed to those who can pay $9 for a jar of pickles. Read Full Article
In Memoriam
Tamio Wakayama
This week, we mourn the passing of Tamio Wakayama, a former volunteer with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), and a photographer of enduring images from the civil rights movement and the pivotal events of Freedom Summer. Last year, we interviewed Tamio and his friend and fellow SNCC volunteer Ed Nakawatase about their lives and experiences. Shelterforce extends our condolences to Tamio’s family and friends.
Industry News
The National Fair Housing Alliance (NFHA) Names Lisa Rice as Its New President and CEO | Rice was NFHA's executive vice president and has been with the organization for over a decade. She was previously CEO of the Toledo Fair Housing Center. Rice replaces Shana L. Smith, who retired on March 30. Smith is a founding member of NFHA and was its first executive officer.
Thursday, April 26, 12 p.m. EDT | The Building Blocks of Code Enforcement webinar | This hour-long webinar presented by the Center for Community Progress will discuss what makes code enforcement equitable and effective. It will also explore examples of ordinances from other cities that do and do not work well. Participants will be better equipped to undertake an analysis of their own local ordinances with a clearer sense of what best practices to consider in shaping (or re-shaping) their regulatory framework.
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Come Say Hello!
This week, Shelterforce publisher Harold Simon will be in attendance at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition's Just Economy conference from April 9-10, and editor Miriam Axel-Lute will be at PolicyLink’s Equity Summit from the 11th to the 13th. If you see us, stop us, we’d love to say hi!
You Said It!

Great memoir and shout into the future. And congratulations on running the race well, with ‘semper fi” for the cause, all these decades.—Jim Yacenda, more

And via Twitter:
Must read interview with Michael Bodaken @NatlHsingTrust, who's retiring after a hugely impactful career advancing #affordablehousing for families across the U.S.
—Don Chen (@donchennyc)

Some great analysis from Shelterforce Magazine on the benefits of affordable housing that identifies some significant flaws in a Stanford University business school study.—F. Javier Torres
Community Development Manager – Midwest Region (Michigan and Ohio)NCST seeks the right individual to be responsible for establishing and maintaining relationships with public, nonprofit, and for-profit partners to support the acquisition of vacant and/or abandoned properties from financial institutions for the purpose of returning these properties to productive use... Read Full Listing
Property and Compliance Manager, Affordable Housing Non-ProfitHOMECorp seeks an experienced housing professional for this position. This person will have responsibility for ensuring the agency’s properties are maintained in a safe and sustainable manner; that property vacancies are filled in a timely manner; and that the agency’s tenant selection, certification... Read Full Listing
Construction Project ManagerIn accordance with Habitat for Humanity in Whatcom County’s construction standards and policies, the CPM supervises overall construction activity and provides leadership to volunteers, staff, and paid sub-contractors. Most workweeks include Saturdays supervising the construction site... Read Full Listing
Housing Finance ConsultantHousing Finance Consultants advise clients on financial strategies to structure and maximize equity and bond or loan proceeds raised, selection of equity investors and lenders, negotiation of deal terms, preparation of financial projections, and assistance in obtaining funding from... Read Full Listing
Executive DirectorCharlottesville Tomorrow, a nonprofit news organization in Charlottesville, Virginia, is seeking a dynamic leader to become its next executive director. This executive director will oversee and manage all aspects of the organization, with a particular focus on strategic planning, financial management, and... Read Full Listing
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