Who Needs Access to Core Neighborhoods Most?

Week of Monday, April 22
In This Issue: The Big Deal Between LISC and a Major Health Care System ● Arts, Culture, and Community Mental Health ● Who Most Needs Access to Core Neighborhoods? ● Also: Jobs ● Shelter Shorts ● Events +
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
For now we have a limited number of dense core neighborhoods in which getting around without a car is possible; such neighborhoods may appeal to many people, but having access to them is of different importance based on... Read Full Article
Jamie Hand and Tasha Golden, ArtPlace America and University of Louisville
Examples of projects around the country that are infusing community development with creativity and collaboration and offering pathways to address stigma, trauma, depression, and substance use disorders, and strengthening cultural identity. Read Full Article
Shelterforce Staff
This week: Making Cities Good Places for Children | Climate Gentrification | A Black Arts and Culture District in Baltimore | A Test for Universal Basic Income | Nonprofit Developers Get a Win | The Politics of Housing in California | And More Quick Takes From Our Editors
Amanda Abrams, Shelterforce
ProMedica and LISC team up to fund place-based economic development investments in the hope of improving residents’ health. How do they do it? Read Full Article
Events
Wednesday, April 24, 9 a.m ET | Health and Housing Needs for U.S. Seniors in the "Middle Market" | Join Health Affairs on April 24 for a health and housing needs for U.S. seniors forum. Watch discussions on new quantitative research and policy via the live webcast of this event. Learn more and RSVP here.
Resources
NLIHC’s annual publication Advocates’ Guide 2019: A Primer on Federal Affordable Housing & Community Development Programs, a comprehensive resource about virtually every affordable housing program and policy, has been released. The guide contains synopses of housing and community development programs, laws, and regulations, as well as tools and information to guide advocates’ communications with legislative and executive branches of government and to mobilize advocacy campaigns. Learn more here.

The Anchor Institute Taskforce (AITF) released Value Added: Adopting a ‘Social Determinants of Health Lens. The network of over 700 leaders promote the engagement of anchor institutions in community and economic development to support anchor institution-community partnerships. AITF advocates for and conducts research to grow these collaborations. Learn more here.
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You Said It!
Beverly Brown Ruggia: The notion of moving away from homeownership for building assets might have resonated more if this larger picture had been painted more fully. The idea might also have been more easily understood if there were a stronger case made for alternatives. It was also unclear what people should do instead. Given the lack of affordable rental housing stock, not sure how renting is a much better path to saving money, let alone creating the potential equity homeownership provides, albeit minimal. Seems to me it is time to “delink” speculation and predatory lending from housing. I know! How do we do that? But... Read More

Miriam Axel-Lute: We should definitely delink speculation and predatory lending from housing–and really my point was about the part of “asset building” in housing that is essentially speculation on land values. And my point wasn’t that it doesn’t have benefits for some people or that renting is better, but that leaning on homeownership as retirement fund–including, and perhaps especially for white middle-class people–causes anti-social behavior that reinforces racially injustice outcomes and... Read More

C. Jackson: Interesting post... I think I would go even further and integrate the level of racism that exists within the community development field. I find it interesting the CDCs that are led by people of color still are marginalized and have to work harder and perform at higher standards than organizations where the ENTIRE senior leadership are white. Somehow this topic gets glazed over by... Read More
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Executive Director The Affordable Housing Alliance of Central Ohio is hiring its first full-time Executive Director. The Alliance was formed in 2015 to advocate for new local resources to address the crisis of 54,000 Franklin County, Ohio, households in or near poverty paying more than half of their income for housing. We are looking for a dynamic leader who can provide strategic direction for... Read Full Listing
Director of Field Building The Build Healthy Places Network is seeking a creative and equity-focused strategist with exceptional writing, research, and networking skills to lead our national field building operation through communications, engagement, and surveillance/learning of national trends in... Read Full Listing
Executive Director Better Community Neighborhoods Inc. (BCN) is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization created as the result of a merger between two previously existing, well-established not-for-profits based in the City of Schenectady, New York, Better Neighborhoods Inc. and the Community Land Trust of Schenectady. BCN is focused on... Read Full Listing
Program Coordinator – 2-Year Term The Kresge Foundation is seeking a Program Coordinator who is responsible for coordinating, planning, and implementing projects that span the foundation’s programs and learning activities. Projects may include learning and evaluation analysis, special projects, and/or departmental coordination and administrative support. Among other responsibilities, the role helps to coordinate, shape and... Read Full Listing
Compliance & Monitoring Administrator The City of Memphis is seeking a Compliance and Monitoring Administrator who works under the general direction of the Senior Operations Administrator, overseeing the compliance and monitoring of all federal and other regulatory compliance requirements associated with Federal, State, or other grants, specifically those received from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, including HOME, Community Development Block Grant...  Read Full Listing
Instructor of Community Development (Non-Tenure Track) The Nohad A. Toulan School of Urban Studies and Planning is recruiting for a non-tenure track instructional faculty member in the area of Community Development. We seek candidates whose expertise complements the existing strengths of the faculty, and are especially interested in areas such as... Read Full Listing
Director of Programs, Mile High Connects Mile High Connects is a broad collaborative of private, public, nonprofit organizations, and community leaders committed to ensuring that all residents of the Metro Denver region have access to affordable transit, affordable housing, and economic opportunity. The Director of Programs will collaborate with the Executive Director and senior leadership to develop and execute strategic direction and... Read Full Listing
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