(ShelterForce) Preparing for an Eviction Wave

Week of June 29
In this Issue: Racial Equity, Housing, and COVID: A Roundtable Feeding People—and Businesses—in a Pandemic As Moratoriums Start to Lift, Preparing for an Eviction Wave ● Also: Jobs ● Industry News ● Events ● You Said It ● In Case You Missed It +
Amanda Abrams, Shelterforce
Across the country, community organizations have found creative ways to provide meals and groceries to low-income people in need while keeping small food-related businesses afloat. Here’s how. Read Full Article
Brittany Hutson, Shelterforce
Tenant organizers and legal services groups are working vigorously to get ahead of eviction cases as housing court processes restart. Read Full Article
Six regional and state housing advocates discuss the connections between uprisings over racial injustice, the pandemic, and the need for housing security. Read Full Article
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Brandon Duong is the new associate editor of Shelterforce and a recent graduate of the Masters of Urban Planning & Policy program at the University of Illinois at Chicago. In the past he has also been an ESL instructor at the Vietnamese Association of Illinois, a volunteer in the Police Accountability Group of A Just Chi, a graduate assistant at the Great Cities Institute, and a slam poet. 

Tiffany Manuel (left) and Carey Shea (right) have joined the Shelterforce board. Manuel is the founder, president, and CEO of TheCaseMade. Shea is director of special initiatives at Home by Hand.

Caitlin Cain has been named the head LISC's rural investment program. She most recently led her own New Orleans-based social investment firm, and previously served as CEO of the World Trade Center of New Orleans.

Come Hell or High Water: The Battle for Turkey Creek | This film follows the painful but inspiring journey of Derrick Evans, a Boston teacher who moves home to coastal Mississippi when the graves of his ancestors are bulldozed to make way for the sprawling city of Gulfport. Over the course of a decade, Derrick and his neighbors stand up to powerful corporate interests and politicians and face ordeals that include Hurricane Katrina and the BP oil disaster in their struggle for self-determination and environmental justice. Streaming is free on PBS stations until June 30.

Wednesday, July 1, 2 p.m. ET | Remaking the Economy: Special Webinar with Shelterforce and NPQ | Housing Justice Amid COVID-19: A Roundtable Discussion | This webinar will explore the impact of structural racism on housing opportunity and housing markets, how to use CARES dollars to protect tenants in your hometown, and more. Register here.

Tuesday, June 30, 12 p.m. ET | System-wide Strategies for Re-housing in the COVID-19 Era | Join the Camden Coalition of Healthcare Providers’ National Center for Complex Health and Social Needs, the National Alliance to End Homelessness, and the Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH) to learn about the re-housing landscape in the COVID-19 era, including key considerations and values for prioritizing strategies and allocating available funds. Register here.

Wednesday, July 1, 1 p.m. ET | Housing Stability in Coronavirus Response and Recovery | Join What Works Cities and ChangeLab Solutions for part one of a two-part webinar series. This session will discuss what powers local government have to enact emergency housing stability laws, how local government can work to keep people in healthy homes, and how local government can help residents navigate the imminent housing stability challenges that will take place as state protections begin to expire. Register here.

Friday, July 10, 1:30 p.m. ET | Advancing Health Equity During and Beyond COVID-19: Addressing Housing and Homelessness | Join Trust for America's Health for a webinar to discuss the disproportionate and long-existing economic and health disparities among people who are housing insecure or experience homelessness and how the pandemic is widening those disparities. Register here.

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You Said It

GB: . . . We do need to shift our thinking past the notion that we can just build ourselves out of the affordable housing crisis, and make sure that the commodification of housing and its use by the wealthy as a place to park their money, isn’t reinforcing the displacement and loss of economic and racial diversity in our urban communities. Thanks for expanding the focus to capture the nuances not usually discussed. Read More

Maryann Sorenson Allacci: The effects of racism, classism, and exclusionary housing policy are alive and have continued to negatively affect opportunities for many if not most lower- and middle income households, particularly those Black and Brown households who have been historically and deliberately targeted. Successful zoning changes for suburbs are certainly needed, but sensitivity to the neighborhood fabric . . . Read More

Chris: The fight is against wealth hoarding by white homeowners and the zoning and building regulations that support it. The fight isn’t against zoning and regulations in and of themselves. Read More

Roy Lowenstein: I agree with the assessment of the importance of what kind of housing is being replaced by new housing and also about the importance of opening up the suburbs. Living in (at least, formerly) booming Columbus, at the edge of the Midwest, the illustration about Minneapolis rings mostly true. But around here . . . Read More

Shane D. Phillips: We know from experience that run-down SFHs get replaced by nicer and cheaper/similarly priced condos all the time. Via Twitter

Michael Bucci: Thanks Armando. Nicely said. Read More
Chief Executive Officer/Publisher, Shelterforce, Montclair, NJ ● Shelterforce seeks a Chief Executive Officer/Publisher (CEO/Publisher) to advance its mission, grow its capacity, audience, and influence, and strategically and sustainably guide the organization through an evolving and dynamic media landscape. Read Full Listing
President & CEO, Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois ● NHS seeks a visionary, entrepreneurial leader with an understanding and passion for the role of “home” in the human experience. Candidates will have a minimum of ten years’ leadership experience in organizations of comparable size, demonstrated knowledge of . . . Read Full Listing
Deputy Director for Policy and Research, The Center for NYC Neighborhoods, New York, New York ● The Center for NYC Neighborhoods seeks a Deputy Directory for Policy and Research who will be responsible for all policy and research work at the Center. The Deputy Director for Policy and Research is an exempt position that reports to the . . . Read Full Listing
Operations Manager, National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC), Washington, D.C. ● NLIHC seeks an operations manager to work closely with the NLIHC chief operating officer and the director of administration to ensure effective and efficient NLIHC operations in support of the Coalition’s mission to achieve socially just . . . Read Full Listing
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Editor, Miriam Axel-Lute
Managing Editor, Lillian M. Ortiz
Associate Editor, Brandon Duong
Assistant Editor, Elizabeth Oguss
Operations Associate, Sam Fields
Publisher, Harold Simon
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