Renters Rise Again

Tuesday, July 31, 2018
In This Issue: Absence of Eviction Court Recordings Leaves Tenants Vulnerable ● Loneliness Kills; Community Developers Can Help ● Renters Rise Again ● Also: Jobs ● Shelter Shorts ● Resources ● Opportunities +
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
Along with the rise of renter households after the foreclosure and financial crisis has also come a resurgence of tenant organizing—or housing justice organizing as many groups are calling it. For example, rent regulation is no longer being discussed as a vestigial holdover from a previous age, but again actively debated and organized for. Also… Read Full Article
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
Recognizing loneliness and social isolation as risk factors for poor health strengthens the argument that community development work is a path toward better health. Here's how. Read Full Article
Shelterforce Staff
Facebook Takes Our Advice | Work Requirements for Foster Youth? | Public Housing Smoking Ban Takes Effect | Amazon, Still a Bully? | More . . . Quick Takes From Our Editors
Olivia Stovicek and Mari Cohen, Injustice Watch
In a court where a family can be evicted after a two-minute trial and only 12 percent of tenants have lawyers, the lack of court transcripts—with no court reporters or digital recording equipment—has serious repercussions. Read Full Article
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Events
Wednesday, August 8, 2:30 p.m. EDT | CRA 101 Webinar | Since 1990, the Community Reinvestment Act has led to over $1 trillion in mortgages, small business loans, and economic development for underserved neighborhoods. Learn how the CRA process works, how you can influence how banks are serving your community, and how your organization can participate in NCRC's campaign to protect this crucially important legislation in light of recently proposed changes to the legislation.
Opportunities
National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB) Grant Opportunity Deadline Approaching | JPMorgan Chase and NALCAB are partnering to offer grants, technical assistance, and training to up to 10 nonprofit organizations for a period of 18 months to develop and implement data- and community-driven action plans for equitable development through strategies including affordable housing, policy development, small business lending, and more. Proposals are due by August 5. Click here for more details and to apply.
USDA Housing Preservation Grants | This program provides grants to sponsoring organizations for the repair or rehabilitation of housing owned or occupied by low- and very-low-income rural citizens. USDA will award a total of $10 million in Housing Preservation Grant Program funding for the repair and rehabilitation of rural housing units. Click here to learn more about who may apply, what areas are eligible, how funds may be used, and more. Application deadline is August 9.
Advancing Health Equity Through Housing Funding Opportunity | This funding opportunity aims to support innovative, multi-sector solutions to housing instability that improve housing affordability and quality through policy and practice changes, generated by community residents. Planning grants of up to $100,000 and operating support grants of up to $200,000 per year for two years will be awarded. Submission deadline is August 13.
Resources
Gehl Institute: Inclusive Healthy Places | Despite the growing evidence connecting place and health, there are few available resources to help planners and policymakers identify the evidence needed to make decisions and fund public space projects that promote individual and community health and well-being. To bridge these gaps, Gehl Institute, with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, developed the Inclusive Healthy Places Framework. Download the report here.
Family Centered Social Policy Report: The Racialized Costs of Banking, Fighting Work Requirements, and Supporting Democracy | New America offers this report that discusses findings from an investigation into the racialized costs and fees associated with entry-level checking accounts from a sample of primarily small and community Main Street banks. Contradicting the wholesome stereotype of Main Street banks, balance requirements are higher and fee structures are more punishing among banks in black and Latinx communities than in majority white areas.
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