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America's Two Vacancy Crises

Tuesday, November 20, 2018
In This Issue: The Urgent Case for Middle Neighborhoods ● Beyond Displacement’s Individual Effects ● Getting Affordable Housing Near Good Schools ● America’s Two Vacancy Crises ● Also: Jobs ● Shelter Shorts ● Resources +
Alan Mallach, Center for Community Progress
Vacant properties are a serious problem in two kinds of neighborhoods. To address them, we need to know which kind we’re looking at. Read Full Article
Kristen Hackett, scholar, activist, and educator
While increased attention on displacement often centers the issue around individuals, we may be missing the greater issue of… Read Full Article
Shelterforce Staff
Louisiana Votes for Justice | California Wildfires and Housing | A *New* Redlining Map | HUD's Grading System | Aging Households | And More Quick Takes From Our Editors
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Frank Woodruff, NACEDA, and Paul Brophy, Brophy & Reilly LLC
Middle neighborhoods are places where home prices are generally affordable to the average household. But, these neighborhoods are often Read Full Article
Laura Abernathy, National Housing Trust, and Peter Kye, PRRAC
A new housing acquisition model is focusing on a specific criterion to increase access to opportunity for very low-income families. Read Full Article

Achieving Health Equity Through Collaborations, Innovative Funding and Leadership—Webinar Series | The recordings of the four webinars in the Trust for America’s Health (TFAH) series are now available. Speakers—from public health, philanthropy, government, academia, advocacy, and nonprofit- and community-based organizations—shared their experiences shaping and executing diverse approaches to advance health equity. The series was produced by TFAH in partnership with and support from The California Endowment, the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. TFAH executive vice president and COO, Dr. J. Nadine Gracia, moderated the series.
You Said It!

I wanted to let you know the director of the nonprofit I’m at in Chicago—the Chicago Rehab Network—sent me and my staff the article “The Right to Stay Put” and told us to read it right away. A great article and I’m glad it’s spreading around as far as Chicago as we work towards housing justice. —Maura Fennelly, Chicago Rehab Network (via email)

We agree that Zuk and Chapple assert that subsidized housing is “protective than market-rate production.” But they also assert that market-rate production is protective as well; they are for both. Chew relies heavily on the Atkinson study, which focused on gentrifying parts of Sydney and Melbourne and shows that working-class people are modestly more likely to leave gentrifying areas than… —Michael Lewyn, more

All valid points. There are, however, opportunities for some of us in some markets to help build wealth for low income Black families quickly. We sold a house last week to a family already renting the home. Their costs went from… —Steve Lockwood, more

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Manager, Community Reinvestment Act—Federal Reserve Board of Governors The successful candidate will manage the division’s Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) team responsible for developing thoughtful CRA policy proposals for Board senior leadership and policy makers. Utilizing ideas that are informed by research/data and consultation with internal and external stakeholders, this… Read Full Listing
Equitable Developent Policy Analyst InterIm CDA is seeking an individual to lead the organization’s policy, planning, and advocacy efforts to address displacement and housing issues impacting low-income, Asian and Pacific Islander, immigrant, and refugee communities in Seattle’s International District and beyond. This person will bring technical expertise in planning, policy, housing, and… Read Full Listing
Director, National LGBT Elder Housing Initiative ● The person in this role will create, strategize, execute, and monitor SAGE’s National LGBT Elder Housing Initiative; deepen SAGE’s relationships with existing housing partners; provide technical assistance to those across the country that are seeking to build/develop their own LGBT-friendly elder housing; and… Read Full Listing
Executive Director, Invest STL ● The chosen candidate will be known for the ability and commitment to advocate for and facilitate community development and revitalization in a challenging urban context involving an economically disadvantaged population. They will have a track record of building and leveraging relationships within and among a diverse group of… Read Full Listing
Homeownership Program Director ● The person in this role will direct all operations of Asheville Area Habitat’s homeownership programs including outreach and selection, homebuyer education, mortgage origination, underwriting, post-closing support, and portfolio management. This position is a member of the staff leadership team and provides collaborative leadership to achieve… Read Full Listing
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