It's Time to Connect Mental Health and Community Development

Tuesday, January 29, 2019
In This Issue: We Need State Law That Allows Multifamily Housing ● Greening Vacant Lots: Low Cost, Big Effect in Philly ● It's Time to Connect Mental Health and Community Development ● The Struggle for Housing in Los Angeles: A Review of City of Segregation ● Also: Jobs ● Shelter Shorts ● Events +
Laura Choi, Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco
Over the past decade, the community development field has made great progress in bringing a health lens to its work, but the healthy communities movement has been less explicit about mental, emotional, and behavioral health. That needs to change. Read Full Article
Shelterforce Staff
Shutdown Stopgap | HUD Changes | Utah Says, "If its fixed, let's break it." | Public Housing and Health | Census 2020 News | Renter Protection | And More Quick Takes From Our Editors
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Kent R. Pipes, Affordable Homes Group
This zoning law change would make the creation of thousands of affordable housing units possible without government funding … and may even be invisible to NIMBYs. Read Full Article
Maggie Loesch, Photojournalist
Block by block, a Philadelphia program is cleaning up abandoned lots, helping formerly incarcerated residents get jobs, and improving the overall health and well-being of neighborhoods. And research shows that the results are . . . Read Full Article
Reviewed by Jacob Woocher, Organizer
Andrea Gibbons’s City of Segregation shows why empowering capitalist processes and actors is the last thing we should do to fight gentrification.
Events
Wednesday, Jan. 30, 10 a.m. PST | Development Without Displacement in Opportunity Zones | Presented by the Neighborhood Funders Group’s Democratizing Development Program, this webinar is the second in a series of conversations on Opportunity Zones. Hear how community, philanthropy, and the public sector can work together to prioritize investments in projects that yield equitable growth, benefits, development without displacement, and economic opportunity for low-income communities and communities of color. Info or register here.

Monday, Feb. 11, 3 p.m. EST | What Really Works in Homelessness Prevention: Lessons from Literature and the Field | Presented by Abt Associates’ Center on Evidence-based Solutions to Homelessness, this webinar will feature practitioners from three communities will discuss their experience planning or implementing prevention activities, and how the evidence aligns with their work on the ground. Info or register here.
You Said It!
After working in community development for the last 40 years I find your analysis of “moving to opportunity” to be exactly right. Equity in Place is also right. Providing resources directed by residents of the neighborhoods that have been affected by decades of discrimination is… — Tim Mungraven, more

The challenge posed by a federal government approach is that without a consensus between the two political parties it is difficult to have a broad, consistent, long-term solution to our affordable housing needs. Control of the Congress and presidency revolve around a very small number of votes that… — Howard Hecht, more

Good question! Public housing is often knocked down in the name of integration. So if integration is not in fact achieved through knocking down public housing, policy makers should… —Sara D., more

The Fifth Amendment guarantees property owners due process before government can take their property, as well as just compensation upon taking their property. Those without property have only an insecure right to acquire property, which government can and often does infringe with impunity and without… —Frank Lessa, more
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