What CRA Leaves Out

Week of October 7
Keith Wiley, Housing Assistance Council
The Community Reinvestment Act has led to trillions of dollars of investment in low-income areas—but rural areas see little to none of that money. How can this balance be improved?  Read Full Article
Peter Dreier, Occidental College
California's momentous statewide win for rent caps is owed to organizers and the power of organizing. Now that the giant is awake, what's next? Read Full Article
Keli A. Tianga, Shelterforce
Last week's plenary at the Reclaiming Vacant Properties conference Leading a More Equitable Future for Community Development: A Discussion with Nonprofit CEOs,reminded us of this roundtable discussion we held in the spring with several of the same leaders. Many organizations in the community development field have experienced transitions from white leadership to leadership of color in the past few years, marking something of a watershed moment. If you couldn’t be in Atlanta, or want more on this topic, read it here. Read Full Article
Industry News
Bulbul Gupta has taken over as president and CEO of Pacific Community Ventures. Previously, she led entrepreneurship and impact investing at the Clinton Global Initiative. Gupta succeeds Mary Jo Cook, who has retired.
Events

Thursday, Oct. 17, 2 p.m. ET | Remaking the Economy in New Mexico | Nonprofit Quarterly is hosting a webinar focusing on New Mexico where they highlight efforts in low-income communities and communities of color to develop new economic structures in the arts, the food industry, and beyond. Register here.

Oct. 17 - 18, 10 a.m. ET | Housing, Fundraising & Grant Writing | Join the National Community Reinvestment Coalition in Baltimore for a training session discussing housing advocacy and racial economic inequality, targeted fundraising strategies, and grant writing preparation. Register here.

Friday, Oct. 18, 1 p.m. ET | Aging in (a) Place: Planning, Design & Spatial Justice in Aging Societies | Join The Hastings Center and The Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies for a symposium that will apply a spatial justice lens to challenges of aging in place in America, with special attention to housing. For those unable to attend in person, this event will also be livestreamed. Register here.

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Opportunities

Project Row Houses and the Center for Art and Social Engagement invite two artists and cultural practitioners to their fellowship program, which allows participants to engage in creative collaborations that involve the Third Ward community and address issues important to them. Learn more and apply here.

Artspace is accepting applications for the Rafala Green Fellowship Program. Each fellow will receive a $50,000 annual salary during the two-year term of their fellowship, as well as a comprehensive benefits package. Fellows will also receive up to $3,000 as a relocation stipend to move to the Twin Cities. Learn more and apply here.
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You Said It
Jessica Andors: Thank you for articulating the whole problem with the opportunity neighborhood paradigm, which I have been feeling for some time. To me it seems like an excuse to NOT invest directly in low-income communities of color, to ignore . . . Read More

New American Planning: Unis keep many of these towns afloat, and the ubiquitous college town "historic districts" is generally the most vitriolic NIMBY stronghold. Who says students can't be part of neighborhoods? Who says SFRs are most important? Via Twitter

Robert A. Rapoza: Excellent article on a great program. Via Twitter

Ron Dwyer-Voss: In my 30 years work in the nonprofit and social change space, the USDA 523 Self-Help Housing Program is the most effective I have ever encountered. It should not only be saved, it should be expanded. Via Twitter

Gordon Countryman: Great write up. As someone who has been through the program here in California, I totally concur with assessment of the value of the program. Read More

Sea Baugruppe: Even in 1999, @Shelterforce noted that neighborhood planning was rooted in keeping people out and preserving status quo, not incorporating new residents. Via Twitter

Stephen Valder: Good article covering affordable housing issues, and the intersection of transit. Access, cost burden, and land availability. Via Twitter

Mark Shelburne: The article has great examples. Having site control for long enough to secure funding can be a real challenge for developers; taking that pressure of really helps. Via Twitter
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