In this Issue: Don't Wait to Call in the Artists ● Tenant Organizing Where Rising Rent Isn't the (Main) Issue ● Arts in Transit ● HUD Secretary Asks America to Accept Housing Segregation
Week of January 27
In this Issue: Don’t Wait to Call in the Artists ● Tenant Organizing Where Rising Rent Isn’t the (Main) Issue ● Arts in Transit ● HUD Secretary Asks America to Accept Housing Segregation ● Also: Jobs ● Events ● Industry News ●In Case You Missed It +
In every phase of transit development, arts and culture strategies can be employed to inform and enhance the process. Here are examples from three different transit projects around the country.Read Full Article
Ben Stone, Smart Growth America and Transportation for America
If artists are going to bring their full creative problem-solving selves to transportation projects, they need to get involved at the stage where the problem is still being identified. That’s because . . . Read Full Article
Tenant organizing has been re-energized in coastal cities where housing costs are soaring. But tenants need a voice in the rest of the country too—and they are organizing to get one. Read Full Article
CDC and Healthcare Partnerships Survey
Build Healthy Places Network is conducting a survey of community development corporations to learn more about their partnerships with health care organizations. Take the survey here.
Thursday, Feb. 6, 1:30 p.m. ET | Defending the AFFH Rule | Join the National Community Reinvestment Coalition on Thursday, Feb. 6, for a webinar to learn about proposed changes to the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) act, how to make an effective comment, and how to help defend AFFH. Register here.
Emily Thaden has joined the Shelterforce board of directors. Thaden is the director of national policy and sector strategy for Grounded Solutions Network, where she has been since 2011. Previously, she developed a shared equity homeownership program in Nashville, Tennessee, where she is currently on the housing authority board of commissioners.
Mukesh Gauthaman: Wow thanks for the review. Me and my friends have been working on our village in Tamilnadu, southern part of India with Sirolli’s ideology. We haven’t even read his book. It’s so costly for us to buy. Using his TED talks we are creating our own ways and progressing slowly. Your review helped us and was easy to understand. Thank you. Read More
Brandon Kovnat: Do cities build tiny houses because other residents are so against density that they can’t build apartments? It’s not about the cost of the construction but the opposition to new density. If that’s the case . . . Read More
Susie Wood: It’s better than having people on the streets! Via Facebook
Anne Kennedy: Absolutely a distraction and no more than a stopgap measure. These enclaves of tiny houses are likely to become ghettos. What’s needed is supportive housing . . . Via Facebook
Andree Tremoulet: Why rule out tiny house villages as an option? For some, regaining a sense of dignity and self-efficacy—the ability to make choices that have meaningful outcomes—is key. For nearly two decades, Dignity Village (Portland Oregon) has succeeded as . . .Read More
Robert H. Appleby: While a tiny home is not appropriate for a family, and should not be considered for such, they are certainly a partial solution to individual homelessness. Those street people in many communities, California being . . .Read More
Daniel Lauber: Sorry, but placing zoning decisions in the hands of community councils is, like aldermanic prerogative, a serious perversion of zoning and land use law. Zoning decisions are supposed to be made on the basis of whether or not the proposal meets the standards for approval, whether it be a . . . Read More
Ben: Chicago housing—Anyone thinking that aldermanic prerogative is a simple corruption issue or, like @bennyjshow, that it’s somehow not an issue at all, should read this piece from @Shelterforceon the great good and terrible ills it can facilitate. Via Twitter