HUD Must Lower Rents By April 1st

Week of March 30
In this Issue: Deciding Not to Rebuild After Climate-Related Disasters ● Community Development Is Crucial in this Moment ● We Need a Rural New Deal HUD Urged to Make Tenant Income Adjustments Automatic by April 1 Also: Jobs ● Industry News ● Resources ● Events ● You Said It In Case You Missed It +
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
Preventing catastrophe when eviction moratoriums lift requires lowering rent right away. Read Full Article
Akilah Watkins-Butler, Center for Community Progress
Will history show that those who had already been fighting for those most affected by COVID-19 gained new traction for their work and were able to advance a more just society? That depends on whether those organizations themselves survive the pandemic and are . . . Read Full Article
Katie Parker, The Democracy Collaborative
Just as the original New Deal was in large part designed to address the dire challenges rural America faced in the 1930s, todays rural community economic development practitioners can learn from the Green New Deal, the policy framework that . . . Read Full Article
Hortense Leon, Shelterforce
Officials in cities along the East Coast are realizing that maybe they shouldn’t rebuild on land that repeatedly floods. But that’s easier said than done. Read Full Article
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Raise Your Voice
Although many groups have pushed for an extension, the comment period is only open until April 8, 11:59 p.m. ET on the substantial proposed rule changes regarding the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). Be sure to weigh in with your opinion.

See Shelterforce’s coverage of the CRA proposals here.
Industry News
City chief resilience officers and other resilience experts who were involved with the Rockefeller Foundation’s 100 Resilient Cities project, which was concluded in July 2019, have announced the formation of the Global Resilient Cities Network. Though the city-led network began work last September, the new brand was formally announced in February 2020. 

  • NCRC has gathered a list of Federal resources including: Housing Counseling, Emergency Loan Providers, Information on Policy, and more.

  • The NYU Furman Center published a new fact brief examining the New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) capital and operating budget shortfalls, and the challenges the public housing authority faces in addressing the substantial physical needs of its 176,000 housing units. The brief is part of a Furman Center series that explores the critical role NYCHA plays in providing affordable housing in the city and highlights the urgent need for federal, state, and local policymakers to prioritize its financial stability.

  • The Local Housing Solutions team has put together a running list of homelessness outreach efforts, eviction moratoriums, and other housing-related advice.


Wednesday April 1, 12 p.m. ET | Towards Health Equity: Measuring Health Outcomes in Community-Based Programs | Join Asset Funders Network for a discussion about how to evaluate health outcomes in ways that address health inequities. Register here.

Wednesday, April 1, 3 p.m ET | Advancing Our Communities During COVID-19 Crisis | In this webinar, learn about the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act) and how National Development Council is helping its clients and partners find solutions and craft programs to meet the immediate and long term economic development needs of communities. Register here.

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You Said It

Jeff Lavin: Bravo. One of the best discussions of this issue that I’ve seen, clearly and concisely laid out. Read More

Brandon McKoy: Excellent piece . . . on how eviction moratoriums must unfold during this crisis. Via Twitter

Emily A. Benfer: Halting Evictions Flattens the Curve. Period. Via Twitter

Robert Carpenter: The boarding house used to play the role which is now played by the tiny house. It used to be that when people first moved to the city they could reliably and inexpensively find community, lodging, and meals in boarding houses. Homelessness really only arose after regulators began to . . . Read More

Bob Zdenek: Thank you Miriam for a solid piece on innovative policy strategies for addressing the impact of COVID19 on affordable housing. One area that could be emphasized more is the impact on older adults. Low-income older adults will be facing increased social isolation and food insecurity since it dangerous for them to leave their dwellings. We need to look at how . . . Read More

Douglas Johnson: If you want transformational thinking about housing here it is: As long as we have unlimited, feudalistic property laws in place, as well as a hyper-inflationary mortgage system, housing will continue to be . . . Read More
Executive Director, Neighborworks Lincoln, Lincoln, NE ● The Executive Director personifies the mission of NeighborWorks Lincoln. Reporting to the Board of Directors, the ED provides leadership for the organization, and is responsible for the overall management, strategic direction, fundraising, accountability, and administration to ensure the . . . Read Full Listing
Real Estate Specialist, BCL of Texas, Austin, TX ● The Specialist will assist with property and facilities management, resident relations and vendor relations. The Specialist will report to the Director of Community Development. The Specialist will support the Director on affordable housing and real estate development project activities including acquisitions, construction . . . Read Full Listing
Senior VP of Real Estate Operations, Volunteers of America National Services, Alexandria, VA ● The Senior Vice President of Real Estate Operations is a senior leader responsible for the stewardship of Volunteers of America National Services (VOANS) housing and other real estate assets and resident services programs, including strategic positioning, effective management and . . . Read Full Listing
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
Affordable Housing Coordinator, Community Grants, Planning & Housing (CGP&H, LLC), Cranbury, NJ ● Community Grants, Planning & Housing (CGP&H) is seeking an experienced and dedicated full-time Affordable Housing Coordinator with a background in community development and/or affordable housing with a commitment to helping others. This position will be part of a . . . Read Full Listing
Special Assistant to the Executive Director, National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders, San Antonio, TX ● The Special Assistant is responsible for supporting the Executive Director with a wide range of analytical tasks to enhance the Executive Director’s efficiency and effectiveness on a day-to-day basis, as well as logistical support related to scheduling and traveling. The candidate should . . . Read Full Listing
Executive Director, Uniondale Community Land Trust, Inc., Uniondale, NY ● U-CLT is seeking a highly motivated, passionate, and experienced leader with a commitment to affordable housing development for the multifaceted role of Executive Director. The Executive Director will work closely with the Board of Directors to provide vision and leadership to . . . Read Full Listing
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