The Jobs-Housing Hamster Wheel

Tuesday, August 21, 2018
In This Issue: HUD's RAD Program—The Promise and Peril ● What Future for America’s Small Cities? ● The Jobs-Housing Hamster Wheel ● Also: Jobs ● Shelter Shorts ● Events ● You Said It! +
In Memoriam: Jeremy Nowak
Jeremy Nowak, a founder of The Reinvestment Fund and founding board member of the Opportunity Finance Network, passed away on July 28. Nowak's insights and challenges will be missed in the field. He wrote for Shelterforce about expanding our view of community to include entire regions, focusing on “people” not just places, and considering mixed-income housing and locating housing in areas of opportunity long before they were called that. Read More...
Rick Rybeck, Just Economics LLC
A deeper dive into the cause of high housing prices reveals that it is not the price of lumber, bricks, or labor that accounts for high or low housing prices—the controlling factor most often is the price of land. Some analysts have documented that the 2008 recession, typically reported as the collapse of a “housing bubble,” is more accurately described as the collapse of… Read Full Article
Shelterforce Staff
HUD's Latest Assault on Fair Housing | Decriminalizing Homelessness | "Buying the Block" | FEMA's Roadblocks In Puerto Rico | Public Transport And Health | More… Quick Takes From Our Editors
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Alan Mallach, Center for Community Progress
While the story of the predatory lenders that victimized millions of homeowners and home buyers with subprime mortgages in the late 1990s and early 2000s is well known, far fewer people are aware of the similar practices that played a crucial part in the gutting of... Read Full Article
Shamus Roller and Jessica Cassella, National Housing Law Project
HUD’s RAD program facilitates the privatization of public housing in order to preserve and repair aging infrastructure. But, as with privatization of any public asset, there will always be promises and perils on the path. Here are a few of them… Read Full Article
Events
TODAY! Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2 p.m. EDT | Building Healthy, Equitable Communities Through Comprehensive Long-Range Planning | This webinar from Changelab Solutions will look at building health and equity into long-range plans by discussing how place-based strategies are central to health equity, building a framework categorizing the elements of healthy places, and how to organize long-range plans using health equity concepts.
TODAY! Tuesday, Aug. 21, 3 p.m. EDT | Voter Mobilization: Getting Out the Vote! | Our Homes, Our Votes presents this final webinar presentation in a 6-part series. Getting out the vote is no longer just about election day. Learn about the best ways to engage low-income renters in communities with early voting or vote-by-mail options. Presenters will also discuss considerations for providing rides to the polls and coordinating election day reminder calls.
Thursday, Aug. 23, 12 p.m. EDT | Creative Placemaking on Vacant Properties: Lessons Learned from the Field | Center for Community Progress presents this webinar to highlight key findings from the new report, Creative Placemaking on Vacant Properties: Lessons Learned from Four Cities, which details challenges faced, lessons learned, and impacts of efforts to employ creative placemaking as a tool to revitalize vacant properties.
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.
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You Said It!

There’s more to loneliness than feeling blue. @Shelterforce shares how addressing loneliness is an important part of building healthy communities, —CountyHealthRankings, via Twitter

Great story Lillian Ortiz @Shelterforce on low-income renters organizing to shift tide of #gentrification #displacement. Here's more rent data for various CA counties plus #affordablehousing #sustainability policy solutions. —Collin Tateishi, via Twitter

If the nonprofit housing sector were to take the potential for sexual harassment of residents by employees or contractors seriously, what might that look like? Thanks @Shelterforce for such a timely and important article. —Philadelphia Association of CDCs, via Twitter

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Director of Communications ● Grounded Solutions Network seeks a dynamic individual to join our senior leadership team. Your communication strategies will drive support for our financial sustainability strategy, deepen programmatic impact, and elevate our position as a national leader in long-term affordable housing… Read Full Listing
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