The Rent's Not Really That High

Tuesday, March 26th, 2019
In This Issue: Winning Tax Levies for Affordable Housing Can Make Inequality Worse ● The Rent's Not Really That High ● Also: Jobs ● Shelter Shorts ● Events +
Alan Mallach, Center for Community Progress
Being priced out of appreciating neighborhoods is not the housing affordability problem most Americans face. But they are facing one. Read Full Article
Marty Kooistra, Housing Development Consortium of Seattle-King County
In Washington state, the dilemma for housing advocates is how to ask city and county elected officials to significantly increase public resources for housing when the only current choices are regressive tax tools.
Shelterforce Staff
This week: Attacking Homelessness with Health Data | Cali Upzoning Bill Asks More of the Burbs | Livable City Rankings Declare Affordability Top Priority (!) | Yes, You Can Be Pro-Housing and Anti-Displacement | And More Quick Takes From Our Editors
Industry News
Prosperity Now has announced a new broad-based political organizing initiative, Liberation in a Generation, which aims to advance economic liberation for people of color. This new, independent organization will be co-led by Jeremie Greer, Prosperity Now’s outgoing vice president of policy and research, and Solana Rice, our outgoing director of state and local policy. Greer and Rice will become co-executive directors of Liberation in a Generation.

The NYU Furman Center announced the appointment of Matt Murphy as its new executive director. He will join the Furman Center on April 15 after an eight-year stint in city government, where he currently serves as deputy commissioner for the office of policy and strategy with the New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development.
Events
Tuesday, April 2, 2 p.m EST | Blueprint for Changemakers: Achieving Health Equity | This webinar will review a new report released by ChangeLab Solutions, A Blueprint for Changemakers: Achieving Health Equity Through Law & Policy — a resource that presents legal strategies and best practices to help policymakers, practitioners, and communities improve health outcomes. The Blueprint provides a roadmap for working locally and collaboratively to advance laws and policies that will help ensure that everyone has a fair chance to live a healthy life. To learn how you can use Blueprint, Register here.
Opportunities
Community-engaged artists will be able to apply for an Enterprise Rose Fellowship. Successful artist-applicants will be partnered for two years with a local nonprofit organization in one of the following cities to develop and grow creative approaches to improve lives in low-income communities: Austin, Texas, Los Angeles; or Salem, Massachusetts. Successful architect-applicants will join organizations in Boston; Mission, South Dakota; New York City; Providence, Rhode Island; or Wayne, West Virginia.  Learn more here.
Resources
This mapping tool developed by the Local Solutions Support Center brings together research from Grounded Solutions Network, the Partnership for Working Families, the Poverty & Race Research Action Council, the National Fair Housing Alliance, and the Urban Law Center, to document state preemption of inclusive and equitable local housing policies.The map focuses on four critical areas of policy: protections against source-of-income discrimination, the regulation of short-term rentals, inclusionary housing programs, and rent control.
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MJ Boyle: It will be interesting to see, in a year or two, how much these tiny houses really cost. What is NOT being figured in here is the cost of maintenance to the homes themselves, and the cost of pest control. (If these homes get bed bugs, they’ll need to be demolished.) These tiny structures require CONSTANT attention and un-addressed moisture issues will quickly affect quality of life. I will admit I am not a huge fan of these “tiny houses” being use as homeless structures mainly because… Read More

frank: Studyies have been done that prove housing a homeless person is actually cheaper then putting them into a shelter system. And tiny houses are even cheaper. Plus they are a step closer to home ownership. A huge step for some onebeaten down by circumstances and the system. It could restore… Read More

yawn: There’s no arguments in this article that are incompatible with an understanding of YIMBY that is nuanced and comes from good faith. But this article is neither. Both sides of this anti-debate need to get over themselves and realize they have way more in common than not. Because… Read More

Lou Tisler: It’s way past time, but not too late, to create, fund and implement a national policy addressing housing and housing affordability that is adoptable, and adaptable, to local, state and regional needs. If you want to improve health, education and economic equity outcomes, then… Read More

Eric A Schertzing: This article has led to some very good discussions. I contract with our Community Action Agency and Legal Aid to help homeowners prevent property tax foreclosure. The success has been very powerful, but we have much work to do with estates. Thank you for the thoughtful piece. Now we need… Read More

Expert CostSeg: Government-approved segregation cannot be allowed to continue. It’s well past time for Houston to stop accommodating racial prejudice. Thanks for sharing. Read More
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