Housing Quality Is Key to Mental Health

Tuesday, February 12th, 2019
In This Issue: The Fight for Stronger Rent Regulation in New York Is Beginning● Tracing the Roots of CDFIs: A review of Democratizing Finance ● Housing Quality Is Key to Mental Health ● Also: Jobs ● Shelter Shorts ● Events +
Oksana Mironova, Writer and Researcher
Over the past 25 years, legislative decisions by New York City and state have weakened rent regulation, opening the door to increased tenant harassment and allowing for sudden and permanent rent hikes. In 2019, legislators have the opportunity to return some power back to tenants. Read Full Article
Reviewed by Robert O. Zdenek, Public Health Institute
Cliff Rosenthal provides a thorough and nuanced history of the CDFI field and traces the antecedents of the community development finance back to the three F’s: Franklin, Freedmen’s, Filene. Read Full Article
Shelterforce Staff
The Role of Cultural Influencers | The Effect of Upzoning on Housing Prices in Chicago | Microcredit Doesn’t Necessarily do a Great Job | Hurricane Maria’s Toll on Mental Health | Showing Love to Vacant Lot And More Quick Takes From Our Editors
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
We know housing quality affects physical health, but new studies are showing that it affects mental health as well.  Read Full Article
Events
Thursday, Feb 14, 2 p.m EST | Who Controls the Capital? | In the fourth webinar in NPQ’s series, Remaking the Economy, experts will discuss the strengths and challenges inherent in pursuing various practical community finance strategies, including community development loan funds, community development credit unions, and place-based philanthropic investing. Learn more and register here.
Resources
The National Low Income Housing Coalition released Opportunities to End Homelessness and Housing Poverty in the 116th Congress, a memo to incoming senators and representatives on concrete steps they can take to help address one of the most critical issues facing extremely low-income families today: the lack of decent, accessible, and affordable housing. Click here to download a copy.
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You Said It!
Marc Brennan: Another self-inflicted wound, by not permitting housing to be built. When the demand for housing exceeds the supply... Read More

Jeff Levin: No one stopped housing from being built. The question is who we are building housing for – affluent new residents or existing residents who already are rent burdened and living in substandard and overcrowded conditions. The outcome at East 12th was more units in total, with... Read More

Chuck Morse: It’s important to understand that this battle is not over and this is not a success story. The City of Oakland continues to try to sell off the property (to the developer of a charter school) in an opaque, non-transparent way… Read More

Trying to Remain Hopeful: Just as an update. In December, the Oakland City Council did pass a resolution to direct staff in the writing of a public land ordinance and that resolution was a compilation of the work of the City Wide Anti-displacement Network (CWN), and negotiations with City Councilpersons. There were some amendments made to … Read More

Chuck Morse: I can definitely see the value of City ordinances that require a more open and democratic process. I get that, but, at the same time, I think it will be necessary to create an enduring counter-power that can consistently push the City in a more radical direction. While ad-hoc coalitions can… Read More

Pris Alvarado: I loved this article. It was written in 1999, but politicians have still used the term “sustained economic growth” untill now. If is written in one of the Sustainable Development Objectives and this makes me feel really concerned. The concept of... Read More
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Multifamily Housing Lender Seattle's Office of Housing works to build strong, healthy communities and increase opportunities for people of all income levels to live in our city. We are looking for a Multifamily Housing Lender to help the City decide which projects should or should not be funded. You will review and evaluate multifamily and bridge loan applications for policy and…Read Full Listing
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