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In Defense of Community Preference Policies

Week of November 18
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
Steering clear of defining people and communities in negative language is important—but is it enough? Read Full Article
Edward G. Goetz, University of Minnesota
Community preference policies have been challenged for allegedly being exclusionary and for perpetuating segregation. Here are six reasons why those challenges are mistaken. Read Full Article
From the Shelterforce archive:
Lillian M. Ortiz, Shelterforce
While the total number of limited equity cooperatives in the U.S. has dwindled, in recent years there has been what some might call the beginning of a resurgence. What’s leading the renewed interest in this model of resident-controlled, long-term affordable housing? Read Full Article

Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2:30 p.m. ET | Borrowing From Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) | Join this webinar to hear information about borrowing from LISC, including: lending, underwriting guidelines and project diligence, and monitoring and asset management. Register here.

Wednesday, Nov. 20, 1 p.m. ET | Larger Than Cities and Towns: Partnering for Health at a Regional Level | Join the Build Healthy Places Network for this webinar to meet three organizations from across the country that are driving innovative regional approaches to improve health outcomes, enhance opportunity, and advance equity. Hear about the economic, cultural and policy forces shaping these dynamic multi-sector partnerships. Register here.
Thursday, Nov. 21. 2 p.m. ET | Reimagined in America | Join the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation for this webinar that will discuss how to can tackle social isolation and strengthen social connectedness in communities, inspired by ideas from around the world. Register here.

Thursday, Nov. 21, 2 p.m. ET | Remaking the Economy in Indian Country | Join Nonprofit Quarterly for this webinar to learn how Native-American activists are building food hubs, creating marketplaces that feature indigenous foods, and restructuring markets so that Native artisans and producers achieve far greater benefit from their labor. Register here.

Legal Levers for Health Equity in Housing Report Series | Six reports from Temple University Center for Public Health Law Research with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation focus on how laws and legal practices related to housing have influenced the availability of quality, affordable housing in socially and racially inclusive neighborhoods—and how the policies that work can be coordinated and scaled up for maximum national impact. Read the reports here.
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Cliff Rosenthal: Your review and response so perfectly captured what I and I'm sure many others felt. Via LinkedIn

Peter Dreier: Your article is fantastic! Thanks for writing this. As you know, I share this critique of how foundations frame the discussion of poverty and inequality. You do a great job of taking the discussion to the next level. What's missing in the book is recognition of funders like Liberty Hill and Haymarket that fund real radical grassroots organizing that seek to change the system, funded by wealthy traitors to their class. Via E-Mail

New American Planning: A helpful discussion of the “feel good” change movement from @Shelterforce. Via Twitter

Strategies to End Homelessness: What a great idea! Hospitals partnering with the state housing authority to tackle a major social determinant of health: HOUSING Via Facebook

Caitlin Bayer: While I'm obviously thrilled that healthcare is stepping up to provide housing, this line was a major cringe point “also, we heard from hospitals that they were challenged with having adequate housing in neighborhoods for their staff.” Via Twitter

Tricia McKenna: What a beautiful tribute. Thank you for sharing this. Read More

Roy Lowenstein: I am no fan of the large single-family portfolio owners from out-of-town who have proliferated around the country—what could go wrong with this model, right?—but there is another side to the story . . . Read More

Steve Lockwood: We’ve been sending hundreds of letters to landlords nationwide who own in our community — offering to help them sell the home to their tenants. It’s early, but the response has been better than anticipated. Read More
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