Will Chicago's Aldermen Let Go of Land Use Decisions?

Week of January 20
In this Issue: Youth Soccer on Transit Land Under Fire, Aldermanic Prerogative Is Turned to Democratic Ends How a Dozen Organizations Are Fighting Persistent Poverty Together Tiny Houses: Does Size Matter? Also: Jobs Events In Case You Missed It +
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
The case for why proposing tiny homes as a permanent housing solution is an insult to people trying to transition from poverty and homelessness. Read Full Article
Interview by Keli A. Tianga, Shelterforce
For many young people, organized sports are hard to access, physically and financially. But thanks to one nonprofit, soccer in Atlanta may be coming within reach . . . Read Full Article
H. Kapp-Klote, Shelterforce
While racial equity advocates are proposing to do away with the longstanding power Chicago’s aldermen have over land use decisions, some aldermen are voluntarily turning that power over to the people. Read Full Article
Jim King and Stan Keasling, Fahe and Rural Community Assistance Corporation
Could a collaborative effort among regional rural CDFIs do more than they can do alone? This coalition of almost a dozen groups is trying to find that out. Read Full Article

Friday, Jan. 31, 2 p.m. ET | The Harvard Joint Center for Housing Studies will release America’s Rental Housing 2020, a new report discussing the rental affordability crisis in America. The release will be held at the Minneapolis Federal Reserve, and will also be live-streamed. Register here.
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You Said It

Joyce: This is outrageous. I am more than disheartened as a community advocate and one who has had generations before me victimized by redlining. I’ve heard personal accounts by my relatives. Alas! Read More

M. Amanda Robinson: CRA reform is a giant slap in the face to its target demographic who is not served very well under CRA now. It is going to be a complete disaster for the . . . Via Twitter

Ben: No, he’s saying that the law has racist roots and disproportionately impacts the lowest skilled workers—and companies who would otherwise rely on their labor. This seems far more plausible when you consider that roots of the federal minimum are little . . . Read More

Dan Pence: I wonder how a housing entitlement program would work? What would it look like? If it is providing direct payment to the recipient to reimburse for their housing it may be something that can address the affordability problem that . . . Read More

Siobahn Merrill: . . . Landbanking, tax write-offs for “unrentable” units, etc. should be ended or heavily fined. I read somewhere that LA has more empty units than homeless people. That’s psychotic. Read More

Don McMillan: Thanks for the perspective on why rapid re-housing alone was unlikely to lead to across-the-board improvements in Seattle’s homeless populations and for many intended beneficiaries could end up causing . . . Via LinkedIn
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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
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
Communications Specialist, Grounded Solutions Network, Flexible Location ● Grounded Solutions Network seeks a Communications Specialist to implement a variety of communications activities for our organization, including the development of social media and newsletter content, outreach, events, and public engagement. The ideal candidate will . . . Read Full Listing
Customer Success Specialist, Grounded Solutions Network, Remote ● The ideal candidate will possess excellent writing, organizational and problem-solving skills and experience or interest in implementing a broad array of communications activities including the development of social media and newsletter content, public affairs, outreach, events, and . . . Read Full Listing
Housing Production Analyst (Analyst III), City of Portland, Portland, OR ● The City of Portland Housing Bureau (PHB) is seeking a Housing Production Analyst who will report to the Deputy Director. The Housing Production Analyst is part of PHB’s Housing Production Team whose goal is to increase the number of rental and homeownership units . . . 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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