(Shelterforce) Did Ithaca Really Cancel Rent?

Week of July 13
In this Issue: 6 Ways To Prevent Post-COVID Vacancy Did Ithaca Really Cancel Rent? ● Also: Jobs ● Resources ● Events ● You Said It ● In Case You Missed It +
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Brandon Duong, Shelterforce
In early June, residents and organizers successfully pressured the Ithaca Common Council to pass a resolution that requests that the state grant them the authority to cancel rent in response to COVID-19. Contrary to many headlines, it didn't actually cancel rent—yet. Read Full Article
Danielle Lewinski, Center for Community Progress
While it may still be months until the community impacts of COVID-19 come into focus, there are ways to act now to minimize commercial and residential property deterioration and subsequent vacancy. Read Full Article
In Case You Missed It
Miles Howard, Shelterforce
We’re seeing bold actions from states across the U.S.—from strong eviction moratoriums to major homeless initiatives. What if these new housing measures were designed to last beyond the coronavirus crisis? Read Full Article

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Jumping off from our “Racial Equity, Housing, and COVID” roundtable, Shelterforce partnered with Nonprofit Quarterly on a webinar featuring Andreanecia Morris of Housing NOLA, Amina Kirk of Detroit People’s Platform, and Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce editor. The recording has been released and can be accessed here.(Shelterforce Patreon supporters can also access the full audio of the six-person roundtable. Sign up today!)

Monday, July 13, 2 p.m. ET | Helping Small Distressed Governments Respond to COVID-19 Webinar Series: Responding to the Housing Challenges Posed by the Pandemic | Join LISC Institute and HUD Exchange for The Responding to COVID-19 webinar series that presents COVID-19 pandemic resources for small local governments. Specifically, the webinars provide digestible information on how small local governments may access public funding, data, and other resources made available due to the pandemic. Register here.

Thursday, July 16, 12 p.m. ET | Research for Equity in Recovery II: Place-Based Strategies | This webinar is the second in a series, Research for Equity in Recovery, cohosted by the Philadelphia Fed’s Community Development and Regional Outreach Department, the Upjohn Institute, and the Penn Institute for Urban Research. The webinar will explore how we can direct resources to make sure that the pandemic recovery includes all local economies, including distressed areas. Register here.

Wednesday, July 22, 7 p.m. ET | The New Local: Building Resilient and Regenerative Communities, Cities, Towns, and Mainstreets in a Post-COVID & Climate Change World | Michael Shuman and Gilbert Rochecouste will share a new roadmap to restart, renew, and reboot your communities and local economies to put people, place, and planet first. Register here.

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You Said It

Pattie Hartman: I am so impressed and this is exactly the direction my community needs to be headed. Read More

André Darmanin: There is so much to unpack from this @Shelterforce interview of affordable housing advocates regarding racial equity and building back better after COVID. Systemic racism and public safety is a common theme . . . Via Twitter

Richard W. Wise: Many thanks, Professor Reardon, for your thoughtful review of my novel, Redlined, A Novel of Boston. As Alinsky said, two steps forward, one step back. In the aftermath of the anti-redlining fight, Jamaica Plain slowly gentrified, which eliminated the poor, but made JP one of the most diverse, vibrant communities in Boston. Read More

Patrick Morrissy: Thanks to Ken Reardon for a fast paced review of what sounds like a grass roots battle for power over a vulnerable community. The folks in Boston led the way early in the fight to save neighborhoods . . . Read More

James Carras: Rick Wise serves history of the redlining movement in Boston well with his novel. He well dramatizes the context of that time with his personal knowledge and experience in the redlining battle. Out of the local movement (Jamaica Plain Banking and Mortgage Committee), came an ongoing struggle to address mortgage lending discrimination leading to the creation of the Boston Anti Redlining Coalition and ultimately the . . . Read More

Michael Smith: Wonderful remembrance of Frances. Thank you. Read More

Nanyc Biberman: Thank you for a vivid beautiful tribute. Read More

Maria Foscarinis: Thank you @Shelterforce and #LynnLewis for this moving piece about an amazing and inspiring activist. Via Twitter
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Rehab Project Manager and Sustainability Director, Northern California Land Trust, Berkeley, CA ● Northern California Land Trust seeks a Rehab Project Manager who will be a core team member of both the Property Management/ Stewardship team and the Project Development team and will lead the rehab and energy efficiency upgrades at NCLT’s portfolio of more than 20 projects. In addition . . . Read Full Listing
Director of the National Land Bank Network, The Center for Community Progress, Washington, D.C. ● The Center for Community progress seeks a Director of the National Land Bank Network, who will serve as the engineer of a new, formalized, national platform for NLBN members to connect and share knowledge, develop innovative programs and policy reforms, and learn new skills through . . . Read Full Listing
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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
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