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The Paradox of Prevailing Wage

Tuesday, March 12th, 2019
In This Issue: Entrepreneurship as a Path to Health? ● The Paradox of Prevailing Wage ● Ignore the Myth–Voters *do* Rally for Housing ● Is Local Control Good or Bad? ● Also: Jobs ● Shelter Shorts ● Events +
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
Going after wealthy areas when they try to exclude affordable housing is one thing that YIMBYs and housing justice activists of all stripes actively agree upon. But reactions to the idea of “local control” may be one of the biggest differences between the groups. Read Full Article
Randy Shaw, Tenderloin Housing Clinic
Despite what housing advocates and experts say, election results show that not only do voters care about addressing affordability, they support... Read Full Article
Amanda Abrams, Shelterforce Health Fellow
How a health foundation and a micro-lender teamed up to address the health of rural communities in a different way. Read Full Article
Shelterforce Staff
This week: Criminalizing Homelessness | Self-driving Cars Further Inequality? | New Ideas for Public Housing | Commercial CLTs | And More Quick Takes From Our Editors
Travis Watson, Massachusetts Housing Investment Corporation
There's a complicated relationship between the Davis-Bacon Act and its prevailing wage mandate, Black construction workers, and Black-owned construction businesses in Boston. Read Full Article
Industry News
Ellen Sahli, president of the Family Housing Fund, has been selected to participate in the 2019 Janice Nittoli Practitioner Fellowship. As part of the program, Sahli will be paired with Urban Institute researchers to advance evidence-based solutions to alleviate inequalities.

John Palfrey has been named the new president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Palfrey will begin his tenure at the foundation on Sept. 1. He previously served as head of school for Phillips Academy Andover. He succeeds current president Julia Stasch.
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Heather Way: Great article! Transfer on death deeds are an important tool that every state should have in its toolbox to facilitate low-cost estate planning and facilitate the clear transfer of title to future generations of family members. More than... Read More

Kevin Johnson: 1) YES, you are right this kind of thing is very much needed. 2) Research and practical experience says words matter. RICH people have estates. Thus if you are not RICH estate planning is not for you. You (the writer) are using the word accurately but... Read More

Marcus Houston: Thank you for an excellent article. The clarity and historic foundation provided refute any argument presented for the lack of intentional and institutionalized racism. Your... Read More

Rick Lewis: This is a very inspirational story about how CLTs can address the extreme weather episodes cause by climate change. We have done a study in the Bay Area about about how housing cooperatives, especially those linked with CLTs, can be a positive planning tool for mitigating the effects of... Read More
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