Halfway To Economic Democracy

Week of February 17
In this Issue: Only Halfway to Economic DemocracyParks, People, and Inclusive Collaborative Planning Invest in Home Repairs to Improve Health The Housing Market Can’t Fix the Racial Wealth Gap Also: Jobs ● Events ● Resources ● You Said It +
Eileen Divringi, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
What are the home repair needs of lower-income households and why does it matter for their health? Read Full Article
Cliff Rosenthal, former CEO of the National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions
Community development finance has done some great things—but it has so far fallen short of its promise. Read Full Article
Adela Park, Fairmount Park Conservancy
Instead of seeking volunteers, this park planning organization paid members of the community to be part of an advisory committee. Then this happened . . . Read Full Article
From the Shelterforce archive:
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
White wealth realized through homeownership was so disproportionately large because segregated white communities were able to hoard resources at the expense of other communities. So why do we think that’s replicable now? Read Full Article
Raise Your Voice
Comment periods are open until March 9 on the substantial proposed rule changes regarding the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) and until March 16 on the substantial changes to HUD’s affirmative furthering fair housing (AFFH) regulations until March 16. Be sure to weigh in with your opinion.

See Shelterforce’s coverage of the CRA proposals here and the AFFH proposals here

Build Healthy Places Network | Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Rule Change | Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 11 a.m. ET | This hour-long webinar will discuss the connection between residential segregation and health, the proposed AFFH change and what it could mean for health equity, how cities are currently using the rule, and what we can do as a community in response to the proposed change. Register here.

Americans for the Arts | When Artists and Municipalities Partners for the Public Good | Wednesday, Feb. 19, 3 p.m. ET | Webinar participants will hear partnership pointers related to a three-year artist residency in which artists partnered with the Parks and Recreation Aquatics Division of Austin, Texas, activating and amplifying civic engagement around the future of the city pools. Register here

Prosperity Now | Promoting Mental Health Through Financial Well-Being | Thursday, Feb. 27, 2 to 3:30 p.m. ET | This free webinar will explore how to enhance mental health outcomes by investing in financial well-being. Register here.
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Health Affairs | “Quantifying Health Systems’ Investment In Social Determinants Of Health, By Sector, 2017–19” | Although there has been an increase in the number of hospital systems that are directly investing in community programs to address the social determinants of health, the degree to which they are investing as opposed to screening and referral is uncertain. This study takes a look at how much these systems are spending.
You Said It

Maree: This is an excellent article, Saul, and I used it to show the benefits of buying a premises for our not for profit. Read More

Steve Lockwood: I have walked out of an abandoned house we were inspecting to be greeted by cops with drawn guns. We soon defused the situation. I’m a pretty old white man. I went back to work and told the story to one of our contractors—a middle-aged Black man. He said “imagine if that were me.” . . . Read More

Fernando Centeno: These are great efforts born of necessity, but I continue to see A LOT of overlap and duplication . . . is it possible to combine forces for a change? Read More

Ted Wysocki: Must read to know new threat to our communities. Via Twitter

Michael Spotts: Great article in @Shelterforce by @miriam_mjoy on improving transit—we can make a huge difference even without the megaproject. Via Twitter

Mile High Connects: As we prioritize #CommunityOrganizing in our core work this year, we reveled in the local stories of this article . . . Via Twitter

Housing Action IL:  Frighteningly accurate title . . . We cannot give up on our nation’s 50-year legal commitment to housing integration. Via Twitter

Michael Allen: Great critique . . . Via Twitter

Tenants Together: Stop blaming low-income people for the housing crisis. Via Twitter

Oksana Mironov: Really good overview . . . about the shape and strategy of tenant organizing in localities where tenants rights aren't strongly codified. Via Twitter
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
Grants Manager, Capitol Hill Housing, Seattle, WA Capitol Hill Housings seeks a grants manager who will be responsible for grant acquisition and stewardship for the annual fund and the capital campaign, including research and prospecting, annual strategic grant planning, grant writing . . . Read Full Listing
Partners for Rural Transformation Project Director, Fahe, Telecommute ● The Partners for Rural Transformation has an exciting opportunity for a Project Director to provide leadership to bring prosperity to the persistently poor regions of rural America. The position works closely with nationally recognized CDFIs, Hope Enterprise Corporation/Hope Credit Union . . . 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
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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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