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Delink Homeownership from Asset Building

Week of Monday, April 8
In This Issue: Can We Ditch Tax Incentives? ● Racial Diversity in Community Development Leadership ● Time to Delink Homeownership from Asset Building ● Preserving Affordable Housing by Buying, Not Building ● Also: Jobs ● Shelter Shorts ● Events +
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
Using homeownership as an asset-building mechanism and retirement plan might not be a great thing for our society. Read More
Shelterforce Staff
Over the past two years, several national community development organizations have experienced leadership changes, and gone from being led by white CEOs to CEOs of color. Shelterforce convened some of them for a candid conversation about the field’s struggles with race. Read Full Article
Tanner Howard, Freelance Writer
Two organizations are quietly furthering income integration in higher-income Chicago neighborhoods without new development. Read Full Article
Shelterforce Staff
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Shelterforce Staff
This week: Homelessness Is a National Emergency | Doctors Don’t Quite Get It | Gentrification Doesn’t Stand a Chance | This Hospital Pays a Living Wage | And More Quick Takes From Our Editors
Steve Dubb, Nonprofit Quarterly
Are we slowly (but finally) coming to see the folly in throwing tax breaks at corporations? Read Full Article
Tuesday, April 9, 2 p.m EST | Optimizing Health Literacy Programs: Innovative Strategies From the Field (Part 2) | In this second webinar in Community Science’s health literacy series, innovative strategies to address challenges with implementing health literacy programs in underserved communities will be discussed. This interactive webinar will demonstrate how song and video are used to communicate key health messages, and how project funds can be maximized by using local newspapers to communicate prevention messages to difficult-to-access rural and urban communities. Register here.
Industry News
Sabrina Baptiste has become the chief administrative officer of the Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF). In her new role, Baptiste will oversee LIIF’s human resources, information technology, and administration teams. She was formerly LIIF’s human resources director.
Amy Brown joined NRDC in January as the director of the food and agriculture program where she works to ensure that food systems prioritize public health, community sovereignty, and environmental protection. Prior to joining NRDC, Brow was a senior program officer at the Ford Foundation.
Giles Coates has become the new chief financial officer of LIIF. Coates was previously the global head of finance and accounting for FINCA Impact Finance. Prior to FINCA, he worked at Capital One, where he served as CFO of the commercial real estate business and CFO of the community development finance business.
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Stella J Adams: Unfortunately, the FRB, FHA, and GSEs had an opportunity to provide deep subsidies to the single-family market out of the great recession when there was an abundance of foreclosed properties and instead they offered those deep subsidies (30 cents on the dollar) to wall street investors and created the for-profit SFR market that is exploiting… Read More

Barbara Samuels: A good proposal, but if we really want to stretch beyond “narrowly targeted neighborhoods,” and help black and brown people build wealth, it should not be restricted to high poverty census tracts. There is a huge unmet need for affordable homeownership (and rentals) in areas where job growth is occurring and property values are rising. As we know… Read More

Lin Sod: Russ and Horwich in Minneapolis are not showing sensitivity or concern for multi cultural language needs in oral or written presentations UNLESS OR UNTIL the community demands translations and enlargements. That one aspect demonstrates their blatant disregard as an ignoring of community’s needs. Of course people will lose their homes if… Read More

Paul Driven: I found this article to be biased. The hope vi program was largely successful in integrating public housing into mixed income communities. We know public housing does not work when it isolated low income households. The RAD program is the best source for getting development dollars into public housing. Residents are guaranteed by federal law the right to... Read More

Fernando Centeno: No, “true” economic development involves raising standards of living and quality of life impacts and outcomes, in real terms. Government does not exist to facilitate and subsidize the private sector, it exists to make a meaningful difference in people’s lives, where needs are greatest. We are missing the boat big time... Read More

Craig Purcell: One would think the simplicity of market forces would be a key driver of success. Why not increased taxes for all vacant properties including (commercial) as they are damaging what surrounds them and sapping the vitality of the local neighborhood. Long term holders just waiting for the market to turn around would be incentivized to… Read More

Bill Cunningham: All we hear now is about “affordable housing.” What I want to know is: what do you think about rent control? What do you think about public housing? I will definitely listen to a YIMBY or anyone else who is willing to stand up for those things... Read More
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