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The Future of Black Middle Neighborhoods

Week of August 19
In This Issue: What is the Future of the Black Urban Middle Neighborhood? ● Changing the Way We Think About Poor Rural Communities ● Don't Diminish the Importance of Homeownership in CRA Reform ● Also: Jobs ● Resources ● In Case You Missed It +
By Alan Mallach, Center for Community Progress
Both the nation’s racial discriminatory past and the economic realities of today are to blame for the current state of the housing market in longstanding African-American urban middle neighborhoods. But what does the future hold for them? Here's why we should care . . . Read Full Article
Interview by Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
Rural communities vary—by climate, geography, and often race. But in many other ways, they are far more similar than they are different. We speak with Bill Bynum of HOPE in the Mississippi Delta and Jim King of Fahe in Appalachia Kentucky about these differences. Read Full Article
Josh Silver, National Community Reinvestment Coalition
Some have suggested that because stagnant wages, high housing costs, and housing supply bottlenecks have created major barriers to homeownership, CRA exams should diminish their attention to home mortgage lending. Here’s why doing this would be both moral and economic suicide . . . Read Full Article

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You Said It!
Josh Geyer: Thank you Miriam for trying to give fair representation of all the major viewpoints and concerns about gentrification and displacement in this interview. I think this correctly frames the policy debate in terms of . . . Read More

Tamara Wilson: Thanks for posting this! Via Facebook

Frank Bowman: Enticing developers is not the problem. Exclusionary zoning, land and infrastructure costs, local ordinances prohibiting any and all factory built housing, NIMBYs and elected officials who are blatantly prejudicial . . . Read More

Prosperity Now: In order for manufactured housing to remain an affordable homeownership solution, and to incentivize its preservation, Prosperity Now is working to advance . . . Via Facebook

Lou Tisler: Sharks appear everywhere. I think we need better repellent. Via Twitter

Dolores Rutherford: It is easier for those of middle income to get a mortgage on a house than to rent an apartment. . . . Read More

Strong Towns: This great essay from Shelterforce makes a provocative point: What if we all stop arguing about which neighborhoods are or aren't gentrifying, and instead try to find a set of policies that will be good for a place, and the people already living in it, *whether or not* rich folks ever become interested in moving in? We'd only add this . . . . Via Facebook

Oregon Housing Alliance: Youth who age out of the foster care system are more likely to experience homelessness, and we know we can do better ... Via Twitter

Adam Zaranko: Solid simple summary of the key differences between a #landtrust and a #landbank courtesy of @Shelterforce ... Via Twitter

Alex Vozer: My opinion about the book is the same . . . a book mapping out how to do it would be great. Via Facebook
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In Case You Missed It
Policy Analyst Citizens’ Housing and Planning Association (CHAPA) is the nonprofit umbrella organization for affordable housing and community development activities in Massachusetts. We are seeking a Policy Analyst to work on federal and state housing policy issues, including analyzing and coordinating housing policy, writing policy papers and briefs, and evaluating research and data to inform and further CHAPA’s public policy work. Read Full Listing
Executive Director The Center for Neighborhoods is seeking a motivated, skilled Executive Director with experience in nonprofit administration and grassroots community planning and development. We are seeking someone to lead the organization into its next chapter of growth through the implementation of a newly adopted strategic plan– a visionary leader to inspire . . . Read Full Listing
Executive Director Launched in 2011, The Essex Community Land Trust (ECLT) strengthens communities by providing permanently affordable housing and financial empowerment opportunities for low- to moderate-income individuals and working families throughout Essex County. ECLT is looking for an executive director to manage the day to day activities of the organization . . . Read Full Listing
Executive Vice President, Program Officer The chief program officer will play a central role in advancing this work by guiding the direction, growth and soundness of HOPE’s Commercial Lending (CL) and Community & Economic Development (CED) activities. HOPE’s Commercial Lending team separates itself from other lenders by employing strategies that make capital affordable and . . . Read Full Listing
Real Estate Specialist The real estate specialist will be an integral member of BCL of Texas Community Development Team and affiliate company, Texas Community Builders. We maintain a portfolio of real estate and community development projects throughout the state. Our products include small footprint homes, energy‐efficient modular housing, commercial real estate including . . . Read Full Listing
Counseling Supervisor The Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership seeks a Counseling Supervisor who supports BRHP’s mission and purpose and will provide effective supervision and guidance to counseling staff, along with excellent customer service to a diverse client population. This supervisor will ensure that counselors who focus on families that . . . Read Full Listing
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