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LA Should Expropriate Slumlords' Land

Tuesday, September 25, 2018
In This Issue: Shelterforce on the Road! ● The Fate, and Power, of Cities ● LA Should Expropriate Slumlords' Land ● Also: Jobs ● Shelter Shorts ● Request for Comment ● Opportunity +
Jacob Woocher, housing advocate
If Los Angeles city, county, or state agencies truly pursued justice and equity, they would seize property owned by slumlords and give it to tenants to own and operate collectively, and give landlords nothing in return. History tells us why… Read Full Article
Shelterforce Staff
Can Physicians Become Activists? | Does Amazon's Charity Replace Its Accountability? | Lawmakers Cut-Despite Good Results | Take the D Out of RAD | More… Quick Takes From Our Editors
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Review by Alan Mallach, Center for Community Progress
The equivocations and omissions of this work are not only significant, they tell us something important about the failure of what passes for liberal policies in today’s America. Read Full Article
Request for Comment
Comment Period Open: Reforming the Community Reinvestment Act | The Office of the Comptroller of the Currency is taking comments on changing CRA rules. The National Community Reinvestment Coalition has compiled resources and information at #TreasureCRA to help your organization weigh in before the comment period ends on Nov. 19.
Shelterforce on the Road!
Shelterforce editor Miriam Axel-Lute will be at the New York State Association For Affordable Housing conference in Albany this Thursday, Sept. 27; the Grounded Solutions Network Intersections conference in Pittsburgh, Oct. 2-4; and the Opportunity Finance Network conference in Chicago, Oct. 8-11.

Shelterforce publisher Harold Simon will be at the Federal Reserve’s Reinventing Communities conference in Baltimore, Oct. 1-2 and the Root Cause Coalition conference in New Orleans, Oct. 7-9.

Keep an eye out for us and come say hello!
The Los Angeles Homeless Services Authority Releases Two RFPs for the Shallow Subsidy for Rapid Re-Housing Program | The program will support low-income residents who have previously utilized rapid re-housing assistance but remain rent burdened. One RFP is accepting proposals from organizations who are qualified to operate the program. The other RFP is accepting proposals from those who are qualified to evaluate the program. Instructions for both RFPs as well as info on mandatory web conferences happening on Sept. 26 and 27 can be found at the links above. Final proposals are due on Oct. 19.
You Said It!

This is well worth reading, explains a lot about why affordable and public housing is disappearing, homelessness is rampant and residential integration rare. —Sheryll Cashin, via Twitter

Advocates for social or public housing should read this story of how Richard Nixon killed the 1968 Housing Act not because it was failing but because it was working… —Randy Shaw, via Twitter

We need to regulate private big data that sells this information to corporate landlords. And counties should be required to submit data for AHS and census purposes so that researchers can access it as anonymized. —Dani Aiello, via Twitter

No one should be afraid to enforce their rights because of tenant blacklisting and the sale of sensitive court data. —JustFixNYC, via Twitter

When did the U.S. have a priority on promoting integration? Has it ever really been tried in any concerted way or with the meaningful levels of resources that the Kerner Commission said would be needed? The manifestations of structural racism that the author cites, such as the War on Drugs and mass incarceration, are not justifications for… —Barbara Samuels, more

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