(ShelterForce) What's Next for People Living in Hotels?

Week of Sept. 14
In This Issue: When Gentrification Follows Green Space ● Crossing the Digital Divide During COVID ● Whats Next For Those Staying in Hotels During the Pandemic? Also: Jobs ● Events ● You Said It ● In Case You Missed It +
Flyers, phone calls, and podcasts, oh my! Organizations blend past and present strategies to stay in touch with community members. Read Full Article
Sissy Trinh, Southeast Asian Community Alliance
LA organizers work with park professionals on policies to allow green space investment in neighborhoods that have lacked it without paving the way for displacement. Read Full Article
Nicholas Slayton, Shelterforce
As tourism remains slumped for the foreseeable future, some state and local governments are looking to create long-term housing for those who have been helped by temporary projects during the pandemic. Read Full Article
In Case You Missed It
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Community Change, with support from the Ford Foundation, launched the Housing Playbook Project to reimagine the federal response to the nation’s current and future housing challenges. The effort will be co-chaired by Dorian Warren of Community Change, Maria Torres-Springer of the Ford Foundation, and former Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Juli├ín Castro. The Housing Playbook Project will prepare detailed recommended actions that future administrations could take to advance a reimagined housing agenda within the first 100 to 200 days of the term.

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.

Tuesday, Oct. 6, 1 p.m. ET | Racial Equity and Housing Justice During and After COVID-19 | Join the National Low Income Housing Coalition for a conversation with Ta-Nehisi Coates, author and thought leader. Register here.

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You Said It

Bill Huston: Remember housing accounts for the majority of middle-class wealth in the United States and not only are Black families turned down at higher rates for homeownership, but many times they are renting from white landlords [who] are extracting money from already disinvested neighborhoods. In many Black communities, there are a staggering number of vacant and abandoned properties, but there are constantly large and growing affordable housing crises . . . Read More

NeighborWorks: By design, then, public meetings give the people who say “no” a much louder voice than the people who say “yes.” Which can be seen in the case of NIMBY and stereotypes around #AffordableHousing. Via Twitter

Jeff Wachter: Community participation often leads to gridlock, frustration, and longer processes to make change—but can also be incredibly important. Worthwhile discussion to think about how and why local governments can and should engage the community. Via Twitter

Peter Sabonis: Count Jeremy Levine as the latest to understand that public participation must be tied to an equity framework if social change is to occur. Via Twitter

Chris: Thank you for writing this. It puts into words the many frustrations I’ve had as an urban planner attempting to explain why past efforts to understand “the community” have proven futile and often more exclusionary than if staff planners were trusted above the political will. Read More

Housing Action IL: Illinois is one of more than a dozen states using $$$ from the CARES Act to fund emergency rental and mortgage assistance programs. But we still need additional federal #RentReliefNow to help tenants and landlords, and stabilize communities! Via Twitter

Michael Lewyn: The problem with this sort of logic is that there are no logical limits to community demands. If a developer builds 10 units of affordable housing for the so-called community, they will demand 20. If it builds 20, they will demand 30. This process seems a bit risky to me. Read More

Robert Robinson: . . . People in communities are self-determined and will always solve their problems whenever government is incapable or unwilling to do so. Read More

Haborlight Community Partners: Time to shift the conversation to: why aren’t more being paid a living wage, and why, when market rate housing is out of reach for a majority of Americans, is the term “affordable” still negative? Via Twitter
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
Program Assistant, Center for Community Investment, Washington, D.C. ● This new, full-time (40 hours/week), assistant-level position is designed to support the Center for Community Investment (CCI)’s leadership development programs and activities. The Program Assistant will handle administrative and logistical tasks to support the implementation of the . . . Read Full Listing
Project Manager - Affordable Housing, Full Circle Communities, Chicago, IL ● Full Circle is seeking a Project Manager to join its Real Estate Development Team to oversee all aspects of the development process, from initial concept through construction completion and initial occupancy for specific projects. The position reports to the Vice President of . . . Read Full Listing
President & CEO, Cleveland Neighborhood Progress (CNP), Cleveland, OH ● CNP seeks its next president and CEO. The new president and CEO will have the opportunity to build upon previous CNP achievements, which include critical initiatives that build awareness for racial equity and inclusion, as well as efforts to support neighborhoods affected by redlining and . . . Read Full Listing
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