Segregation Is Fine, Says HUD

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 +
John Henneberger, Texas Low Income Housing Information Service
With this proposed new rule, HUD Secretary Carson argues that the persistent problem of housing segregation and discrimination will be solved by . . . Read Full Article
Lillian M. Ortiz and Keli A. Tianga, Shelterforce
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
Julian Francis Park, Shelterforce
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.
Industry News

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.
You Said It

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

Laura Choi: Great to see how activating transit stations in ATL can activate youth development and play! Via Twitter

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 @Shelterforce on the great good and terrible ills it can facilitate. Via Twitter
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Publisher/Executive Director, Shelterforce, Montclair, NJ ● Shelterforce seeks a publisher/executive director to advance its mission, grow its audience and influence, and strategically and sustainably guide the organization through an evolving and dynamic media landscape. Read Full Listing
Asset Manager, Durham Community Land Trustees, Durham, NC ● Durham Community Land Trustees (DCLT), a nonprofit organization that builds, manages, and advocates for permanent affordable housing in Durham, NC, seeks an energetic, highly motivated individual to fill a new Asset Manager position. This person will have proven abilities in asset enhancement and . . . Read Full Listing
Director of Finance, Champlain Housing Trust, Burlington, VT ● Champlain Housing Trust is seeking a highly skilled professional to lead its accounting and financial activities as the Director of Finance. This is a dynamic position with a dynamic organization, offering an opportunity to support the development, management, and stewardship of permanently . . . Read Full Listing
Chief Executive Officer, Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers, Minneapolis, MN ● Metropolitan Consortium of Community Developers (MCCD) seeks an individual who is able to develop relationships with key external influencers, such as elected officials and funders. This position reports to and is the principal resource to the Board of Directors. The CEO will align metrics and performance . . . Read Full Listing
Multifamily Housing Lender, City of Seattle Office of Housing, Seattle, WA ● The City of Seattle Office of Housing seeks a Multifamily Housing Lender to help the City decide which projects should or should not be funded. With oversight, you will review and evaluate multifamily and bridge loan applications for policy and regulatory compliance, underwrite projects' . . . Read Full Listing
Chief Real Estate Officer, Way Finders, Inc., Springfield, MA ● As a member of the Chief Executive Team, the Chief Real Estate Officer (CREO) oversees and implements strategy, policy, and goal setting that advances the mission of Way Finders. The CREO is principally responsible for leading and supervising Way Finders’ real estate development activities . . . Read Full Listing
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Editor, Miriam Axel-Lute
Managing Editor, Lillian M. Ortiz
Senior Editor, Keli A. Tianga
Assistant Editor, Elizabeth Oguss
Operations Assistant, Sam Fields
Publisher, Harold Simon
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