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A More Democratic Community Land Trust

Tuesday, July 3, 2018
In This Issue: 15 Percent for the People ● CDCs Get Creative at Lowering Development Costs ● The CLT Solution—In Suburbia and Beyond ● A More Democratic Community Land Trust ● Also: Jobs ● Shelter Shorts ● Resources +
Olivia Williams, James DeFilippis, Deborah Martin, Joseph Pierce, Richard Kruger, and Azadeh Hadizadeh Esfahani
Community control often gets conflated with affordability for neighborhoods seeing rising prices, and it’s obviously good to make land stay affordable. But affordability is not the same as democratic decision-making. Read Full Article
Shelterforce Staff
Are you part of The "Majority Coalition"? | Will New Tax Code Affect Your Nonprofit? | Ocasio-Cortez Brings NYC Primary Upset | A Home Is More Than a Roof | More... Quick Takes From Our Editors
John Edgar, Community Development for All People
On the South Side of Columbus, housing advocates have decided to get ahead of impending gentrification by pulling 15 percent of the neighborhood’s housing off the speculative market and into nonprofit ownership. Here’s how they came to that decision and how they plan to make it happen. Read Full Article
Daniel Wu, Harvard Kennedy School
A 2017 piece by Shelterforce's Miriam Axel-Lute argued that blaming community development corporations (CDCs) for the high cost of affordable housing construction is misguided. I agree, and contend that not only is this blame misguided, it ignores… Read Full Article
Peter Elkowitz, Long Island Housing Partnership
After three decades as an affordable housing provider, one suburban CDC is now pivoting to the community land trust (CLT) model. Here’s why. Read Full Article
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Industry News

Shared Prosperity Partnership Launched to Address Economic Inequality | The Kresge Foundation, the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, the Urban Institute, and Living Cities have announced the launch of a collaboration dedicated to supporting and accelerating existing local efforts to build more inclusive economies in cities across the country.
Lauren Jacobs Named Executive Director at Partnership for Working Families (PWF) | Jacobs has served as deputy director and capacity building director at PWF since 2016. Before that, she served as national organizing director at Restaurant Opportunities Centers United, and as a regional director at Service Employees International Union—United Service Workers West. Jacobs succeeds exiting PWF executive director, Nikki Fortunato Bas.

Wednesday, Aug. 1 | Healthy Homes and Communities Summit in NJ | Registration is open for the Aug. 1 Healthy Homes & Communities summit, the third in a series of discussions led by the Housing & Community Development Network of NJ with the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia. This year’s summit will focus on the relationship between health institutions and the community development sector. Harold Simon, Shelterforce publisher, will moderate the opening panel.

The Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) Releases its 2018 State of the Nation’s Housing Report | Over the last 30 years, the number of Americans burdened by housing costs has risen by nearly 14 million households, the number of households with student loan debt has nearly doubled, and the gap between Black and white homeownership has widened. Download the latest JCHS report here.
Risk, Response, and Resiliency: Building Stronger Communities in the Face of Disasters and Emergencies | has put together this report, which takes a look at how the historic Main Street of Ellicott City, Maryland was recently turned into a gushing torrent (again); features an interview with the mayor of Davenport, Iowa about how his city has come to embrace the flood risk of the Mississippi River; and examines the role of federal, state, and local cooperation in disaster response and recovery.
You Said It!

What is needed to address California’s housing crisis is increased housing production. We need thousands and thousands of new rental units that are modest and affordable. New luxury apartments will do nothing to solve the lack of affordable apartments. —Jerry Rioux, more

Happy to see YIMBYs read Shelterforce! —Stephano Medina

Editor Reply
Yes, they do! Though I have to point out that “New luxury apartments will do nothing to solve the lack of affordable apartments” is not the usual YIMBY line. —Miriam Axel-Lute

I think that Jerry (who is one of my all time housing heros!) is voicing an opinion that was mainstream and widespread among affordable housing professionals long before the term YIMBY was coined. Clearly, building more housing (both market and rent restricted) is the only real long term ‘solution.’ (That seems to be the mainstream YIMBY position as well: more housing at all income levels.) But it is just that: long term. People are feeling the impact and threat of this market NOW and it is just not sufficient to only offer… —Rick Jacobus, more

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