(ShelterForce) When Housing Activists Got Radical

Week of June 22
In this Issue: More Housing Could Increase Affordability—But Only If You Build It in the Right PlacesHistory Shows that in Times of Crisis, Housing Activists Get Radical ● Also: Jobs ● Resources ● Industry News ● Events ● You Said It ● In Case You Missed It +
Josh Cohen, Shelterforce
There’s a long history of vacant home occupations as housing activism. Will the pandemic spark a resurgence of radical actions? Read Full Article
Alan Mallach, Center for Community Progress
Building more units has been touted as the solution to the housing crisis, but the location of those units may be just as important as the number. Read Full Article
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In Case You Missed It
Richard Rothstein, Economic Policy Institute
The achievement gap between low-income and other children is already equivalent to at least two years of schooling. Might the coronavirus shutdown expand that by another half year? Read Full Article
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Industry News
Capitol Hill Housing, a Seattle-based housing organization, has changed its name to Community Roots Housing. A rebrand guided by feedback from over 600 stakeholders has culminated in a new name, logo, and website. Learn more here.

The Center on Budget and Policy Priorities has announced a new partnership among several national organizations and leaders designed to help communities navigate their response to COVID-19 with a racial justice and equity approach. Learn more here.

The Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development (ANHD) and Urban Manufacturing Alliance (UMA) have released their policy toolkit Mission Driven Industrial Development. The toolkit defines what is needed to create and preserve new and future developments in any city across the nation.

Thursday, June 25, 2 p.m. ET | PPP and Beyond: Helping Small Businesses With Long Term Recovery Efforts | Join National Development Council for a discussion on short-term and long-term recovery solutions for small businesses following the COVID-19 pandemic. The session will provide an overview of the SBA 7(a) loan program as well as give you insight into what a loan officer is looking for when underwriting a SBA 7(a) loan in our current environment. Register here.

Thursday, June 25, 3 p.m. ET | An Update From the Experts on COVID-19’s Impact on Housing | This webinar by The Federal Reserve Bank of New York, in collaboration with the Urban Institute and NYU Furman Center, will highlight current research on the housing market and will include conversations with researchers and policy-influencers on the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on homeowners and renters. The forum will also address the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on housing security, wealth building, and models for an equitable recovery.  Register here.

Wednesday, July 1, 2 p.m. ET | Remaking the Economy: Special Webinar with NPQ and Shelterforce | 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.

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

Diane Sjoblom: I wanted to thank Barbara Duffield for having worked diligently on our story. Russell Sjoblom Sr.; my husband, passed June 5, 2019. From the two of us, thank you again. Read More

Barb Van Kerkhove: Thanks for this review! Just ordered this from my local independent bookstore, @HipocampoBooks. #fairhousing #redlining (by another name). Via Twitter

Paul Dribin: Excellent review. I look forward to reading the book which appears right on. I worked in leadership roles in HUD from 1970-2000 and saw first hand the excesses described. They are still going on today. The Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program which . . . Read More

Rick Lewis: I too look forward to reading this book. We know that many HUD programs did not really help most of those who needed affordable housing. However there was one program that should not be overlooked – housing cooperatives. In San Francisco, over 2,000 units were created in . . . Read More

Gayl Killough: Oddly enough, I came across these conclusions years ago, before I understood the impact of redlining. I did my MPA thesis on should rental vs homeownership be promoted for public housing residents. I found homeownership to be grossly overly promoted to public housing residents, figured out that many previous homeownership programs were scams, and that rental made . . . Read More

FCS: We want to make this the decade of truly equitable development. Grateful to Shelterforce for this practical, sober, and hopeful vision. Via Facebook
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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