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Stop Zoning for the Rich!

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
In this Issue: What Does “Community Control of Land” Mean?The State of Permanent AffordabilityDomestic Violence and Utility BillsStop Zoning for the Rich! Also: Jobs ● Shelter Shorts ● Events Industry News +
Emily Goldstein, Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development
What is the underlying dynamic that leads so many council members in low-income communities of color to approve neighborhood rezonings, despite community opposition and the likelihood of increased displacement pressure on existing residents? Read Full Article
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
The idea of putting substantial numbers of homes outside of the reach of the speculative market has been gaining momentum across the country. There have been big wins for… Read Full Editor's Note

Shelterforce Staff
A Trauma-Centered Approach to Youth Violence in Cleveland | We May Know Who Benefits From Port Covington | What Housing Crisis? | Clearing Homeless Encampments in Philadelphia | Restaurant Tax for Affordable Housing | More… Read Full Article
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
When we put out a call for essays about the meaning of community control of land, we expected to get a handful of responses. Instead we got dozens and dozens, coming from all different parts of the country. We clearly touched a nerve. Here are some of the essays that give a taste of the kinds of important and exciting ideas that were raised. Read More
Rachel Blake, Regional Housing Legal Services
A Pennsylvania law allows victims of domestic violence to escape liability for utility debt accrued in someone else’s name. So why weren’t domestic violence survivors getting the protections they deserve? Read Full Article

Thursday, May 10, 1 p.m. EDT | Proposals to Cut Housing Benefits | NLIHC and partner organizations offer this webinar to discuss proposals from the Trump administration and Congress that would cut housing benefits by increasing rents, imposing work requirements, and setting de facto time limits for HUD-assisted households. Learn how to effectively communicate with policymakers and the public about the negative impacts of such reforms and alternative strategies to move families toward economic self-sufficiency.
Thursday, May 10, 1 p.m. EDT | Implementing Model Practices in Your Community: Health Equity and Access to Healthy Foods Through Community Engagement Efforts | In this webinar, presented by the National Association of County and City Health Officials, two regional health departments discuss their cross-sector partnerships with community and organizing groups.
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Industry News
JPMorgan Chase & Co Has Named Janis Bowdler President of the JPMorgan Chase Foundation | She has been with the company since 2013, and was previously a managing director in the Global Philanthropy division. Prior to JPMorgan Chase, Bowdler was director of economic policy at the National Council of La Raza (now UnidosUS), the largest national Latino civil rights and advocacy organization in the United States. Bowdler is a contributor to Shelterforce; here is a link to her writing.
The Opportunity Agenda Appoints Ellen Buchman as Vice President | Buchman joins the executive team in Spring 2018 in this newly created position. Since 2003 she has served in key roles with The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights and The Leadership Conference Education Fund, the nation's oldest and largest civil and human rights coalition. Before that, she served as field director with the American Association of University Women as well as Citizen Action.
You Said It!

Reading Randy Shaw’s piece, you might get the impression that SB 827 was only opposed by owners of single-family homes. In fact, some of the bill’s most vehement critics were… —Zelda Bronstein, more

Randy Shaw’s take on “homeowner profits” is ridiculous. A homeowner only realizes a profit by selling. If she doesn’t sell – she has made no profit. … Homeowners can not spend their gains at the grocery store without selling the house first, so to speak. To say that sitting homeowners are “reaping profits” is simply… —Thomas Lord, more

This article … implies that opposition to more housing developments is always in the benefit of the homeowners (and other groups) who are in opposition by restricting supply. What about all of the localities where the housing developments coming in are… —Cliff Mayo, more

This report fails to explain that homeowners stood to financially gain from SB827 as their homes would be upzoned. Even despite this many opposed the preposterous over-reach of SB827, which removed local governance. The writer takes on the same selective narrative as… —Richard Hall, more

We need to create homes for all of our citizenry … This however would require us re-evaluating our capitalist market system that is unsustainable, no longer serving our needs, but driving growing numbers of our population into… —Marih Alyn-Claire, more

This is good for the stable leadership of a nonprofit. It fulfills John Perkins’ principle of “relocation.” But the average worker changes jobs so often she can’t be expected to move every time. —JJHcat

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