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This Housing Gets More Affordable Over Time

Tuesday, June 5, 2018
In This Issue: Community Rights and Urban Land ● Don’t Overlook Small Cities ● Coalitions and the Orgs that Lead Them ● This Housing Gets More Affordable Over Time ● Also: Jobs ● Shelter Shorts ● Events ● ICYMI +
Donald Hinkle-Brown, Reinvestment Fund, and Donald F. Schwarz, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation
With revitalization and development projects in smaller cities, it is typically much easier to engage high levels of leadership, get traction for strategies that are more visible, engage the wider community, and scale solutions more quickly than their larger counterparts. Here are a few examples. Read Full Article
Shelterforce Staff
An International Housing Crisis | Adaptive Reuse in Orange | The Best Places For Bees | First TOD, Now TOG | An Incentive To Desegregate Schools | More… Quick Takes From Our Editors
Josh Silver, NCRC
Many books discuss the corrosive effect of money in politics and lobbying organizations, but few are devoted to how those representing the disenfranchised organize on a national level to fight for policy that seeks to empower communities. Herbert Rubin’s new book on the subject fills that gap by focusing on two organizations that will be quite familiar to most Shelterforce readers... Read Full Article
David J. Thompson, Neighborhood Partners LLC
When this limited-equity cooperative in California began more than 30 years ago, it wasn’t the most affordable place to live. But now the co-op’s monthly costs are 50 percent lower than the average market-rate apartment. Read Full Article
Oksana Mironova, writer and researcher
At a time when the American Left began to embrace “the local,” low-income residents of cities sought to address structural inequalities by claiming a right to make decisions about what happens in their immediate environment. Historian Roberta Gold defines this claim as community rights based in a “place-based collectivity bound by neighborhood ties.” Community rights provided a framework for… Read Full Article
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Tuesday, June 12, 1 p.m. ET | How to Get Into the Partnership Game: A Healthcare Playbook for Community Developers | How can community development corporations, community development financial institutions, and affordable housing developers leverage their assets and expertise for effective partnerships with hospitals and health care systems? Join Build Healthy Places Network on June 12th for a special preview of the forthcoming resource, Healthcare Playbook for Community Developers, and learn how three cross-sector leaders are building partnerships across the community development and health care sectors.
You Said It!

Author Reply to Roy Lowenstein:
You’re not alone in trying to work this through. … Right now we’re waiting to see how Treasury’s regulations, which they plan to issue this summer, will affect how Opportunity Funds can make investments (and therefore affect the communities they’re supposed to benefit) and what sort of developments they can support. Enterprise has been among the organizations spreading the word about how Opportunity Zones operate since… —Laurel Blatchford, more

Author Reply to Danya:
Right now there aren’t provisions that ensure Opportunity Fund investments produce sustained, equitable benefits for residents and businesses in an Opportunity Zone. That’s why we’re calling the Department of Treasury to use its statutory authority from Congress to issue regulations that prevent abuse, and that abuse be defined to include… —Laurel Blatchford, more

I think we need to keep improving low-income neighborhoods, and as gentrifiers move in, try to devise methods of integration through addressing common problems—garbage collection, parks, safety. In many areas, affordable housing will prevent… —Carol Lamberg, more

This is an important book and a great interview. I’d like to hear more though about how the author explains resegregation. We see in Chicago many segregated neighborhoods that are… —Rachel Johnston, more

I wish he hadn’t been so dismissive of her point about community ties. Most researchers who have actually talked to low-income people of color participating in various mobility programs have noted that many heavily prioritize maintaining access to existing networks and social supports. I would never argue that… —Eileen, more

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