(ShelterForce) Nonprofit Housing Providers Face Down COVID-19

Week of April 27
In this Issue: Don't Just Defer, Start Modifying Loans Now New Visions of Justice Through the Camera Lens  Lessons for a Post-COVID Society Nonprofit Housing Providers Face Down COVID-19 Also: Jobs ● Events ● Industry News ● Opportunities ● You Said It In Case You Missed It +
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
As waves of unemployment hit, nonprofits are committed to no evictions—but they are hoping relief comes for them and their tenants in time to keep their properties afloat. Read Full Article
Seema Agnani and Deepa Iyer, National CAPACD and Building Movement Project
How we can use the lessons learned after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks to build a more equitable, inclusive, and healthy post-COVID society? First, we must reject . . . Read Full Article
Joseph Sant, Center for NYC Neighborhoods
From past crises, we have learned how to successfully provide broad-based mortgage payment relief to millions of American households in need. There’s nothing to stop us this time around from doing it right. Read Full Article
Jenny Jacklin Stratton, Catchlight
An experimental learning opportunity allows formerly incarcerated individuals to use photography to explore ideas of freedom, complex relationships, and their personal experience with the criminal justice system. Read Full Article
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Industry News
Enterprise Community Partners has announced the hire of Angelique Kelly-Lara as chief people officer and the promotion of senior vice president Stephanie Shack to the newly created position of chief legal officer. As senior leaders at the organization, Kelly-Lara will be responsible for all human resource services and Shack will oversee legal operations across Enterprise’s entities nationwide.

May 6, 2020, 12 p.m. ET | Why Investing in Communities Matters More than Ever in the Time of Coronavirus | Join Build Healthy Places Network for a conversation with three leaders representing the community development, finance and healthcare sectors that are reacting to the COVID-19 crisis. The interactive conversation with audience questions and answers will explore the critical role community development work plays in supporting resilience and healthy communities. Register here.

COVID-19 and Social Distancing Study | Dr. Daisy Fancourt at University College London (UCL) is conducting a study to explore the effects of COVID-19 and social distancing on mental health. In partnership with UCL, the University of Florida Center for Arts in Medicine and Americans for the Arts Action Fund are extending the study to the U.S. This study tracks mental health on a weekly basis, and investigates what activities–including arts and culture activities–may mitigate against mental health decline within social distancing measures. Learn more here.
You Said It

Oksana Mironov: Thanks to @Shelterforce for this @IlhanMN's rent cancellation bill explainer. Notice of sale to local governments & CLTs & nonprofits + a federal acquisition fund is exactly what is necessary to avoid a foreclosure crisis that is looming in the near future. Via Twitter

Bill: Why didn’t the tenants build in reserves for when something like this happens? One does one need to act responsibly and not the other? Read More

Milwaukee Joe: Bill, you can’t equate the need for tenants to maintain a reserve with that of a landlord. First, lower income tenants have a very hard time to build a reserve when rent alone takes up a huge chunk of their monthly earnings. Secondly, if the tenant is now unemployed with the possibility that this crisis will drag out for MONTHS, any reserves the tenant holds will go firstly for food and secondly for rent. Read More

Isabelle: We need to open up the economy before it becomes past the point of saving it. Meanwhile, behind the scenes, the current white house is erasing all the climate protection acts, some of them enacted in the Nixon era, funding big banks, buying back shi*y stocks off big banks, and allowing mergers that come precipitously close to being monopolies. (I thought they were illegal and unethical in the USA.) Keep printing . . . Read More

Shamus Roller: Amazing story about an illegal lockout eviction in New Orleans. Across the country there are attempts by landlords to circumvent the eviction moratoriums - putting us all at risk. Via Twitter

Francisco: How can we desegregate affluent neighborhoods? That is one key question here, and raising it can be incriminating. But really, we share a single pool of resources and for some to gain, others need to give. Can you convince the increasingly successful to make sacrifices equivalent to the increasingly left behind? Everyone must make sacrifices to make a better society, and we need the haves to step up, because the have nots are giving up 100x what they can afford to. Read More
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
Special Assistant to the Executive Director, Center for Community Investment, Washington, D.C. ● This is a new position designed to support CCI’s busy Executive Director who oversees CCI’s program, communications, leadership development, and operations teams; participates actively in CCI’s community investment and leadership development programs . . . 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 Associate, Sam Fields
Publisher, Harold Simon
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