Fair Housing Act Was *Not* the Most Important '68 Housing Law

Tuesday, September 11, 2018
In This Issue: Even Baseless Evictions Harmful ● Most Important Housing Act Isn't What You Think ● Public Art in Communities ● Also: Jobs ● Shelter Shorts ● Events ● Resources ● You Said It! +
Fred L. McGhee, urban and environmental anthropologist
President Lyndon Johnson said this law was the most farsighted and comprehensive housing legislation ever passed. He was right. What was it, and why? Read Full Article
Kristen Ginger, Housing Action Illinois
Here’s why, and what one group is doing to fix this. Read Full Article
Shelterforce Staff
The #FreeToPee Campaign | Affordable Housing for College Students | Denial of Passports to U.S.-Born Citizens | Our Kind of Op-Ed | What “Word Gap”? |
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Joyce Fernandes, artist and writer
Messages produced in a temporary public art installation provide a different perspective on a pressing issue—the need for affordable housing in historically disenfranchised, but changing, neighborhoods. Read Full Article
Events
Wednesday, Sept. 12, 12:30 p.m. ET | 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.
Thursday, Oct. 4, 2 p.m. ET | “Connecting Leaders to Learning” Webinar Series: The Empty House Next Door | Presented by the Center for Community Progress and Bank of America Charitable Foundation, this webinar will draw from the recently-released The Empty House Next Door by Alan Mallach. The webinar features Mallach and will use data and visuals to explore trends in property vacancy in recent years—including where the challenge is worsening—with a focus on the growth in particularly distressed “hyper-vacant” areas.
Opportunity
2019 Culture of Health Prize Applications Now Open | The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Culture of Health Prize recognizes communities that have come together around a commitment to health, opportunity, and equity through collaboration and inclusion, especially with historically marginalized populations and those facing the greatest barriers to good health. Application deadline: Nov. 1, 2018.
Resources
Community Control of Land and Housing | This new Democracy Collaborative report explores strategies for combating displacement, expanding ownership, and building community wealth. 
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You Said It!

Christina, well written. I am [the] retired field office director for the San Antonio HUD Office. To see what the current administration is doing to gut our social programs is deplorable. We are simply seeing the effects of... —Richard Lopez, more

To the extent housing discrimination has declined, much of the credit for this modest reduction is attributable to the widespread use of testing in enforcement and talented fair housing attorneys who have successfully forged legal challenges to housing discrimination over the past 50 years. Also, [the author's] assertions that fair housing testing may be of declining help or that we need... —Fred Freiburg, more

This morning I re-read an @Shelterforce article about #gentrification, #vacantproperties, and community land trusts in Baltimore. It's worth a ponder and an adaptation to your own city, via Twitter

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