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Eviction Lab Misses the Mark

Tuesday, August 28, 2018
In This Issue: The Dark Side of Single-Family Rental ● Is a Home With Lead Hazards Really “Affordable”? ● Eviction Lab Misses the Mark ● Also: Jobs ● Shelter Shorts ● Events ● Resources ● You Said It! +
Terra Graziani, Manissa M Maharawal, and Erin McElroy, Anti-Eviction Mapping Project; Lisa Bates and Pamela N. Phan, Community Alliance of Tenants; and Daniela Aiello, Chris Herring, and Gretchen Purser
By not working with existing housing justice organizations, Matthew Desmond's high-profile organization undercounts evictions, misses a chance to understand differences between localities and wider policy analyses, and does little to tell us why evictions are… Read Full Article
Shelterforce Staff
Philly's Fight for Affordable Housing | HUD Targets Facebook In Complaint | An Eviction App | A "Massive" Multifamily Housing Fraud | More… Quick Takes From Our Editors
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Julia Gordon, National Community Stabilization Trust
After the foreclosure crisis, global equity firms snapped up thousands of single-family homes to rent out. This massive shift in the market has not been good for aspiring homeowners, tenants, or neighborhoods because… Read Full Article
Colleen Hennessy, freelance writer
It’s time we take the health costs of dangerous housing into account when making housing policy. Read Full Article
TOMORROW: Wednesday, Aug. 29, 2 p.m. EDT | All In Webinar: Data Sharing Across Sectors—Challenges and Opportunities | While the importance of data in our collective efforts to improve community health is widely agreed upon, the way in which we leverage and apply data is not. The newest report from the BUILD Health Challenge features the five most common data challenges faced by cross-sector teams participating in BUILD. In this webinar, learn about top takeaways from the report and hear what strategies teams use in the face of real-world challenges.
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 12:30 p.m. EDT | Effectively Raising Capital: The Board Chair & Executive Director Relationship | Partners for the Common Good present this chapter in the CapNexus webinar series, outlining how to facilitate a successful relationship between a board chair and executive director in order to identify new funding sources.
HUD User: Designing Affordable and Equitable Housing | The American Institute of Architects hosted the 2018 Conference on Architecture from June 21 to 23 in New York City. One of the major themes of the conference was expanding the availability of sustainable and affordable housing. The panel of speakers—architects and psychologists—highlighted the benefits of low-rise, high-density housing in walkable neighborhoods. A summary of their findings is available at the link above. 
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You Said It!

This is very interesting. I would like to know more about the administrative methods and mechanisms for assessing property tax rates in specific locations according to the principal of LVRR. —Ted Wimpey

Author Reply:
Good question. As you know, levying property tax is at least a two-part process. … Once state-level authorizing legislation is in place, a community must enact enabling legislation. The process of moving away from the status quo to an improved LVRR system should be… —Rick Rybeck, more

Too long, didn't read. This reads like an ad for Seattle City Gov., the author’s ex-employer. —anonymous commenter, more

Author Reply:
The original article and this comment response offer a glimpse of Seattle’s efforts, some of which are unprecedented in the United States. I am humbled and proud to have had an opportunity to work with Seattle and wanted to use a medium beyond a 140-character shout out to share what I learned… —Vinita Goyal, more

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