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Can Rent and Utility Payments Reduce Racial Disparities in Lending?

Week of Monday, July 22
In This Issue: Nonprofit Centers: Hubs for Connection and Collaboration ● The Other Emergency at the Border ● Connecting the City’s Social Services to Help At-Risk Populations ● Q: Can Including Rent and Utility Payments in Credit Scores Reduce Racial Disparities in Lending? ● Shelter Shorts ● Also: Jobs ● Shelter Shorts ● Events +
Shelterforce Staff
A: Yes! Including positive payment information in credit reports and scoring models can increase credit scores. In one pilot program, 79 percent of low-income renters whose rents were reported saw. . .
Amanda Abrams, Shelterforce Health Fellow
In Chelsea, Massachusetts, police, medical providers, and social services groups have found a low-cost way to reduce crime while simultaneously encouraging at-risk residents to get the help they need. Here's their simple strategy . . . Read Full Article
Zoraima Diaz-Pineda, Nick Mitchell-Bennett, Community Development Corporation of Brownsville
There’s no doubt about it: there’s an immigration crisis at the border. However, we must recognize the other crisis at the southern border region, one that has affected local residents for many, many years. Read Full Article
Shelterforce Staff
Minimum Wage Bill Passes in the House | NJ Passes a Utility Bill Law | Under-Resourced Neighborhoods and Health | U of M Students Demand Divestiture | And More Quick Takes From Our Editors
Saul Ettlin, Community Vision
As typically cash-strapped institutions, nonprofits are aware of the cost savings that can be had by moving into a shared workspace. But what are some of the other benefits that nonprofit centers can provide? Read Full Article
Industry News
Emily J. Stewart has been selected to serve as the new executive director of Community Catalyst, starting Sept. 9. Stewart currently serves as vice president of public policy at Planned Parenthood Federation of America. Stewart will be taking over from Robert Restuccia, who passed away in March.
Liz Fowler joined the Commonwealth Fund as executive vice president for programs. Fowler most recently served as vice president for global health policy at Johnson & Johnson.
Julie DeGraaf Velazquez joins the Preservation of Affordable Housing as vice president for community redevelopment. Previously, DeGraaf worked for McCormack Baron Salazar. 
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Our Town creative placemaking grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, support place-based projects that integrate arts, culture, and design activities into efforts that strengthen communities by advancing local economic, physical, and/or social outcomes. Applications deadline Aug. 8. To learn more, click here.
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Chad: When doing community development the need to move to next goals (from health care, once a clinic is established—for instance, to food co-op in a food desert) there is often a real grind to the ‘gear change’. Continuity, owning your own, can be a real boon to efforts meeting deep community need. I like the idea of sharing the building w/other organizations on the same path as we can support each other on wider societal change . . . Read More

Peter Marcuse: An excellent discussion, hitting the controversial key topics thoughtfully, sometimes relying on platitudes—difficult to do here on subjects like equity and fairness and develop their full potential—but succinct and useful. The fact that some significant redistribution of wealth and power is involved in creating peaceful mixed-income communities is not avoided . . .  Read More

Rebekah Kendrick: I appreciate this article and agree that elements you named as important to effective community organizing—the intersectionality of the issues, identity, history or marginalization—can sometimes be missing from traditional place-based community organizing. Virginia Community Voice’s model, called Community Voice Blueprint, also attempts to push the model of . . . Read More
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