(ShelterForce) How to Get Control of Properties in a Pandemic

Week of Sept. 21
In This Issue: Address the Causes of the Racial Wealth Gap, Not the Gap Itself Why the Community Reinvestment Act Must be Expanded Broadly Lessons from the Last Housing Crisis: How to Get Control of Properties Also: Jobs ● Resources ● You Said It ● In Case You Missed It +
Amanda Abrams, Shelterforce
How to keep affordable apartments and single-family homes out of the hands of institutional investors if the coronavirus pandemic leads to a giant wave of evictions and foreclosures. Read Full Article
Josh Silver, National Community Reinvestment Coalition
The financial industry has been one of the main perpetrators of racial discrimination. It should be obligated to serve all communities, particularly communities of color. But many types of lenders are being given a free pass. Read Full Article
Anne Price, Roosevelt Institute
It may seem counterintuitive, but in order to close the wealth gap, we must shift our focus from the gap itself to . . . Read Full Article
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Industry News
The board of directors of Shelterforce is pleased to announce that Schlonn Hawkins will join the Shelterforce staff as its newly appointed CEO/publisher on October 12, 2020. Hawkins will co-lead the organization with Shelterforce’s longtime editor, now CEO/editor-in-chief, Miriam Axel-Lute. She is a public relations professional with more than 15 years of experience specializing in publicity, media training, community relations, and strategic planning. Hawkins will succeed publisher Harold Simon, who retired after 27 years with Shelterforce. The board of directors extends its thanks to Simon for his longstanding dedication to the organization and to the field of community development and it welcomes Schlonn Hawkins.
Monica Valdes Lupi has been named as the new managing director of The Kresge Foundation’s Health Program. Valdes Lupi most recently served as senior fellow at the de Beaumont Foundation. Valdes Lupi was also a senior adviser to the CDC Foundation in its COVID-19 efforts. She replaces David Fukuzawa, who is retiring from the managing director position and will transition to a new role at Kresge as senior adviser to the president.
Coronavirus Speaker Series: Sharing Knowledge to Respond with Resilience is a weekly knowledge sharing session for cities, organized by the Global Resilient Cities Network and the World Bank, in response to the rapidly evolving COVID-19 situation. Access recordings of past sessions here.

Sept. 16 through Oct. 31 | Home Truths: Films about Housing Rights, Displacement, and the Meaning of Home | This online film series, presented in association with Shelterforce, highlights a variety of films that have dramatized the plight of those who wage a daily battle for safe and secure housing, that have unveiled the structural and economic forces that render that struggle so difficult, and that have chronicled the efforts of activists to make change. Learn more here.

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You Said It

Roderick D. Hall: Happy Monday! I’m very BIG on language and one of my favorite subscriptions released this guide to language we should bury in the field of urban planning. Via Twitter

Holly P. Millburn: Interesting read highlighting the myth of the singular “community voice” and promoting innovative strategies in community development that dismantle intersecting inequalities instead of seeking unattainable community consensus. Via Twitter

Andy Rogers: Great article! Thanks for highlighting. Now, if we could just fix NIMBY community consensus. Via Twitter

MFiga13: The secret gentrifier. Via Twitter

Southern California Association of NonProfit Housing: A Camden, NJ case study in Shelterforce with lessons for all of us. Whether or not development meets definitions of “gentrification,” exclusionary or exclusive development practices can be just as toxic for existing communities and residents. Via Facebook

Walker Evans: A lot of people simply dislike change.... good read via @Shelterforce. Via Twitter
Executive Director, Houston Housing Collaborative (Part of TACDC), Houston, TX ● The Executive Director will provide overall leadership in all aspects of Houston Housing Collaborative’s organizational activities. A successful candidate will have a passion for affordable housing and an unwavering belief and commitment to collaboration as a means of planning, implementing and evaluating community-driven goals. The Executive Director will . . . Read Full Listing
Director of Homeownership and Stewardship Services, Homestead Community Land Trust, Seattle, WAHomestead seeks an experienced community land trust specialist who will have both hands-on and leadership responsibility for homeownership services and stewardship. The Director of Homeownership and Stewardship Services is a member of the senior leadership team who . . . Read Full Listing
Development Director, National Community Stabilization Trust, Washington, D.C. ● The National Community Stabilization Trust (NCST) seeks an energetic and entrepreneurial Development Director to implement its development plan. NCST desires a candidate with a commitment to racial and economic justice, equitable community development, and affordable homeownership.  . . . Read Full Listing
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Editor and Interim Publisher, Miriam Axel-Lute
Managing Editor, Lillian M. Ortiz
Associate Editor, Brandon Duong
Assistant Editor, Elizabeth Oguss
Operations Manager, Sam Fields
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