(ShelterForce) Who Should Lead Biden’s HUD?

Week of Dec. 7
In This Issue: Catch-22: The Tortuous Path to Home Repair Help ● A ‘Public Option’ for Low-Income Homeownership? ● Who Should Lead Biden’s HUD? ● Also: Jobs ● Industry News ● Resources ● Events ● You Said It ● In Case You Missed It +
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
President-elect Biden has been rapidly working his way through cabinet appointments, and speculation has been swirling around who he will choose to lead HUD. What does the housing field have to say about some of the names in discussion? Read Full Article
Joe Belden and Michael Feinberg, Housing Assistance Council 
What the USDA could teach us about better federal homeownership policy.
Laura Barron, Reinvestment Fund; and Stephen Sills and Sofia Mosquera, Center for Housing and Community Studies 
Mary Stimpson was supposed to be a high-priority candidate for assistance repairing her roof and furnace. Instead she languished for years without heat until some advocates went above and beyond. Read Full Article
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Industry News
Lisa Owens will be the new executive director of the Hyams Foundation. She currently serves as executive director at City Life/Vida Urbana. Director of administration, Denise Matthews-Turner will be stepping in as interim executive director. Owens will assume her new role on Jan. 25, 2021.
Monica Mejia has been announced as the next president and CEO of East LA Community Corporation. Currently, she is senior director of housing development at Linc Housing. Mejia will assume her new position on Jan. 19, 2021.

NLIHC and the Innovation for Justice (i4J) Program at the University of Arizona released a research note on the public costs of eviction-related homelessness that the U.S. will incur if emergency rental assistance is not provided.


Thursday, Dec. 10, 1:30 p.m. ET | Ready to Respond: Disaster Planning for Multifamily Affordable Housing Organizations | Join Enterprise Community Partners, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Fannie Mae, and Bellwether Enterprise to unveil the new digital resource, The Ready to Respond: Business Continuity Toolkit. Register here.

Thursday, Dec. 10, 2 p.m. ET | Protecting the “Third Place:” The Pandemic’s Impact on Commercial Corridors and How to Support Them | Join the Urban Institute for a virtual event exploring how governmental and nonprofit action can support commercial corridors as businesses continue to struggle with the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic. Register here.

Thursday, Dec. 10, 2:30 p.m. ET | Park Equity, Life Expectancy, and Power Building: Part 2 | Join the Prevention Institute for a webinar featuring speakers from community-based organizations that build power to achieve park equity. Register here.

Wednesday, Dec. 16, 3 p.m. ET | Eviction Prevention and Housing Retention During and After COVID-19 | The Homeless and Housing Resources Center will host a webinar with U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs leadership, an experienced housing attorney, and local Continuum of Care leadership to discuss implementing data-informed, targeted prevention efforts that prioritize racial equity, and learn about strategies that can be implemented now to prevent future housing instability when eviction moratoriums expire. Register here.

Thursday, Dec. 17, 3 p.m. ET | Meet Me at the Punch Bowl with Shelterforce | We'd like to invite you to the Punch Bowl. Just some time to chat, partake in trivia (optional!), and connect with your housing colleagues. We’ll have several opportunities to have more or less structured conversations depending on your preference, and some unique ways to let your hair down after a truly challenging year. Register here.

Saturday, Dec. 19, 1 p.m. ET | A Deeper Look at Healthcare Through Power Mapping | Join Communicate for Health Justice to take a deeper look at healthcare through “power mapping,” a visual exercise that helps you to identify
strategic relationships. Register here.

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You Said It
Why Mindy Fullilove loves Shelterforce: “One of our great resources is Shelterforce because we can look to that magazine for excellent reporting, great ideas, and tons of allies.” Join Mindy and help keep us strong for years to come.
Eric: Very useful information discussed using well-researched facts and figures. Keep up the good work! Read More

Olga Alexander: Has Habitat considered providing at this trying time, makeshift spaces that serve as small pop up galleries in NYC where there is a need for artists to exhibit without cost wherever they live? Read More

Lou Tisler: Though I applaud the efforts in Colorado regarding the use of a sin tax to finance affordable housing, I believe that sin taxes are incredibly regressive (though easily passed, especially to pay for billionaires’ toys). How about upping, or instituting a . . . Read More

Ben Chin: Great @Shelterforce round up on an impressive array of affordable housing wins at the ballot. Was great to see so many of them funded by progressive taxes! Via Twitter

Judy Meima: Thanks to Ann Houston and Shelterforce for highlighting this important observation that supports what housing activists have long said, decent, affordable housing results in better health. The lack of overcrowding in non-profit and community owned housing is an obvious reason for the lower infection rates during the pandemic. As the article also points out, however, another . . . Read More

CAAS: Great to see the connection between affordable housing and public health grounded locally in Chelsea, where nonprofit developer @_TND_inc is supporting residents with wraparound services while managing to keep #COVID19 infections low. Via Twitter

Champlain Housing Trust: The headline says it all. When you have a strong nonprofit housing sector, you get so much more than just cheaper rents. Via Twitter

LISC: #LIHTC preservation and expanding rental assistance is the key to ensure the well-being and security of tenants. Excellent analysis in @Shelterforce. Via Twitter
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