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Tuesday, April 3, 2018
In this Issue: Who Do Anti-Rent Control Policies Serve?Tools of the TradeBodaken: "Housing Chose Me"Data and Economic JusticeYou're Wrong, Rent Control Works Also: Jobs ● Shelter Shorts ● Resources Industry News +
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Shelter Shorts
Helping Cannabis Entrepreneurs of Color | HUD Secretary Gives Us Whiplash | The "Business" of Homelessness | Housing Is a Mental Health Issue | Justice for Wage Theft Victims | 2020 Census Already Off to a Bad Start? | More…
Dean Preston and Shanti Singh, Tenants Together
A university study on rent control makes three crucial mistakes in its assessment of the policy's effect on San Francisco's housing market. Housing advocacy organization Tenants Together sets the record straight on rent control's role, and who is actually to blame for the city's unaffordability. Read Full Article
Katie Goldstein, Tenants & Neighbors
Rent control provides enormous benefits to tenants who have it: it guards against displacement, restricts rents from profiteering landlords, and has minimal budgetary implications. Nevertheless, the arguments keep coming from groups who seek to undermine the tenant resurgence: they say rent control keeps… Read Full Article
Interview by Miriam Axel-Lute and Harold Simon, Shelterforce
Michael Bodaken, retiring director of the National Housing Trust, started his housing career as a tenant organizer almost at random, but along the way he learned the value of combining knowledge of housing finance with housing advocacy, cultivating unexpected allies, and taking unorthodox approaches to open up neighborhoods of opportunity... Read Full Article
Josh Silver, NCRC
A recently released government report concluded that residents of low- and moderate-income census tracts have as much access to bank branches as residents in middle- and upper-income tracts in rural areas and large metropolitan areas, but not... Read Full Article
Renee Roy Elias, Build Healthy Places Network
Partnerships are becoming more the norm and less the exception, but how do we know that they are actually having a good effect on health, well-being, and economic opportunity? Read Full Article
Industry News
The Community Development Trust (CDT) Announces Grace Cheng as New Chief Financial Officer | Before joining CDT, Cheng spent eight years as the CFO at Cain International and GTIS Partners, both real estate private equity firms. Cheng also previously worked in Investment Management at Morgan Stanley, and as an auditor at Ernst & Young. She replaces former CFO John Divers, who is retiring after serving CDT for almost 20 years.
Grounded Solutions Network Announces the Appointment of Tony Pickett as New CEO | Pickett joins Grounded Solutions from his role as vice president of master site development for the Urban Land Conservancy. Before that, he served as executive director of the Atlanta Land Trust Collaborative, and also worked for the Housing Authority of the City of Atlanta. The leadership transition at Grounded Solutions was planned late last year, when outgoing CEO, Melora Hiller, announced her retirement.
Risking Life and Lens: A Photographic Memoir | Documentary photography tells visual stories that move our hearts and, now and then, lead to important changes in public policy. Getting the right photographs to do that often involves significant risk. Helen Stummer, a documentary photographer who calls herself a "visual sociologist," and whose work covering the lives of residents in Newark NJ has appeared in Shelterforce, has recently published a book called Risking Life and Lens: A Photographic Memoir, and is a featured artist in the International Center of Photography Gallery at Mana Contemporary Art Center, Jersey City NJ. The show, also called “Risking Life and Lens,” includes 60 of her black and white prints from 1977 to 2007, many of which have never been seen before. The show runs through June 29, and on May 19 she will be answering questions and signing her book at the gallery.
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Housing is Built with Ballots: New Issue of Tenant Talk Is Available | Produced by the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), Tenant Talk is a twice-annual newsletter created to engage residents in housing advocacy and to highlight innovative approaches and recent victories in communities throughout the U.S. The new issue, which can be downloaded here, looks into the "Our Homes, Our Votes" non-partisan voter engagement campaign and the work of NLIHC partners throughout the country to give renters a stronger voice in elections. 
Food for Thought: The Path to Food Security in Newark | Too often, short videos made by good-hearted advocates neglect to include the voices of those they’re advocating for. Not so in this film, in which dozens of students throughout all five wards of the city of Newark, NJ came together to explore and understand how food insecurity affects their health and the health of their communities. In this documentary, they share what they learned and, together with regional experts, look at the importance of availability and adequate access to sufficient, safe, nutritious food for a healthy and active life. It’s fun and another reminder about how awesome young people are today (and always have been).

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Putting healthcare options where people live sounds something like old fashioned in-home doctor or nurse visits. In addition to building new facilities for patients where they live, how about… —Bill Vandivier, more

Very good article–I just came across it in a reprint in the Spring 2018 Utne Reader. …I hope everyone also pays attention to rural gentrification–it’s happening everywhere, super fast now, ruining the "realness" of our small country towns, turning everything into homogenized redundant versions of the same exact thing. Not much different from how malls homogenized the landscape before, now it just... —Robert Franklin, more
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