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States' Big Role in Fight Against Vacancy

Wednesday, November 28, 2018
In This Issue: Learning From California's Rent Control Vote ● States' Big Role in the Fight Against Vacancy ● Also: Jobs ● Shelter Shorts ● Industry News ● Events +
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
Vacant and abandoned properties seem like a quintessentially local problem. And yet, much of the key policy action in the fight against vacancy is actually at the state level. Read Full Article
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Shelterforce Staff
From Hospital to Housing | The Toll of California's Wildfires | Gerrymandering's Famous Enemy | Medicaid to the Rescue | Small Business Predators | And More Quick Takes From Our Editors
Pete Harrison, homeBody Network
With this midterm election, voters in New York have set the stage for an unprecedented fight between progressive housing groups and real estate interests. It will be a hard fight. For proof of this, housing advocates… Read Full Article
Industry News
Don Chen Selected as Surdna Foundation’s Third President | Chen was previously the director of the Cities & States program at the Ford Foundation. Before that, he was founder and CEO of Smart Growth America, where he led efforts to create the National Vacant Properties Campaign (which later became the Center for Community Progress) as well as Transportation for America, and managed a merger with the Growth Management Leadership Alliance. Read more here.

Tuesday, Dec. 4, 12 p.m. ET (Webcast) | SPARCC: Investment Without Displacement | This live event and webcast from the Strong, Prosperous, and Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC) brings together national and community leaders working at the forefront of tackling residential, economic, and cultural displacement. The day-long convening will explore the strategies that can help cities and regions around the country achieve equitable, inclusive growth informed by the voices, needs, and interests of those communities most threatened by growing displacement pressures. There will be a webcast of the morning plenaries.
You Said It!

Really insightful read in @Shelterforce highlighting the challenge of rampant vacancy and how communities can respond. A must for anyone who cares about community development. —@ThatArmandoMC, via Twitter

I love that someone has stepped up to take this on. I was wondering if you’re putting land use or deed restrictions on these properties or if… —Ivan Carroll, more

Given the tens of millions spent each fiscal year to spur “job creation” directly and primarily with the commercial real estate industry, policymakers have gotten a free pass, as they are allowed to abuse a system theoretically designed to address income inequalities & structural poverty. We do not need… —Fernando Centeno, more

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