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Why Opportunity Neighborhoods Aren't for Everyone

Week of September 23
Keli A. Tianga, Shelterforce
Annual Night Out for Safety and Liberation presents communities around the nation with an alternative to police-sponsored ‘National Night Out’ events. Which cities have adopted the celebration, and how is it evolving with the times? Read Full Article
Edward G. Goetz, University of Minnesota
Families living in opportunity neighborhoods are seen as actively translating opportunity into real benefits through their actions. But, of course, this is not what really happens. Read Full Article
Ian McSweeney and Darby Weaver, Agrarian Trust
Upwards of 400 million acres of farmland will change hands over the next two decades. That’s where Agrarian Commons come in. While they closely resemble community land trusts, they are unique in that they. . . Read Full Article
Kevin Stein, California Reinvestment Coalition and Zach Murray, Oakland Community Land Trust
Banks that make loans that will only work with massive rent hikes are a quiet culprit in the housing crisis. Advocates are uncovering their role and want them to promise to change. Read Full Article
Stephen Sugg, Housing Assistance Council
With all the news of downward trends in rural America, this rural sociologist says he finally has something to smile about. Here’s why. . . Read Full Article

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Sarah de Guia has been selected as the new CEO of ChangeLab SolutionsDe Guia is a lawyer by training and has been executive director at the California Pan-Ethnic Health Network. She will begin her new position sometime this month. She succeeds founder and CEO Marice Ashe, who will retire.

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 2-3 p.m. ET | Webinar: Addressing the Nation's Housing Crisis | The National Housing Conference's David Dworkin and Tristan Breaux will discuss why we need a new comprehensive national housing act and ways you and your organization can get involved. To register, click here.

Thursday, Sept. 26, 2-3 p.m. ET | Free Webinar: Anchor Institutions' Contributions to Building Inclusive Small Business Ecosystems | Forward Cities and LISC will host this free webinar highlighting the transformative economic and community-building power of Anchor Institutions. Learn more and register here.

Friday, Sept. 27, 10:30 a.m. ET | Building Backbone Support 101 | This webinar by Prosperity Indiana delivers an overview of the backbone in supporting collective impact efforts, how to build backing for it, and its importance in keeping collective impact on track. To register, click here.

Duty to Serve 2019 Listening Sessions | The Federal Housing Finance Agency is inviting professionals in the housing field to a series of four listening sessions to share their thoughts on the Enterprises’ (Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac) design of the 2021-2023 Duty to Serve plans. There are three in-person sessions around the country and one virtual seminar. Details can be found here.

As part of an initiative to promote the gifting of lands into community land trusts, The Schumacher Center for a New Economics has published a directory of over 200 active CLTs in the U.S. that can accept such donations. To view the completed directory, click here.

The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation is asking anyone from anywhere – and especially those with lived experienced navigating poverty – to send them their ideas about how to change the discourse about poverty in the United States. The foundation will award multiple grants of $100,000 each toward developing the selected ideas. You can read more about the Grand Challenge here.
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Michael L. Lorenz: Very nice article! We are Cuban and Cherokee-Mixed race. My maternal grandmother went to great effort to teach my sister and me our culture in a place where most persons had extraordinarily limited perceptions of Native American life. As a professor. . . Read More

Paul D. Kealey: Excellent article by @ChrishellePalay. Via Twitter

PSC Housing: Mixed-income neighborhoods provide political and social capital to people living in poverty - but just one in ten major metro neighborhoods are mixed income. #AffordableHousing can help to promote social integration and economic opportunity. Via Twitter

PT Brennan: This is a great explainer about co-ops as an affordable housing option. Looks like a great tool to promote equity and to structure development deals for smaller infill projects (big ones, too). Via Twitter
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