(ShelterForce) How Democrats Can Fix the Affordable Housing Crisis

Week of Jan. 25
In This Issue: Let’s Re-Place the Health Opportunity MapsIs COVID-19 Improving Affordable Housing Asset Management? ● How Democrats Can Fix the Affordable Housing Crisis Also: Jobs ● Events ● You Said It ● In Case You Missed It +
Josh Cohen, Shelterforce
With Democrats taking back the Senate, can the Biden administration go beyond immediate-term rent relief to win more ambitious housing solutions? Read Full Article
Dalvin Aboagye, Shelterforce
Resident services has long been the first to be cut in hard times—but for some housing providers that may be changing. Read Full Article
Ryan Petteway, OHSU-PSU School of Public Health
The way we map health opportunity has serious flaws. How can we make those maps more reflective of communities' lived experiences? Read Full Article
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You Said It
Rose Phillips: The debates about “moving to opportunity” vs. place-based investment are so often raging between white middle-class community development professionals (myself included), so it’s refreshing to read about a case where people in impacted neighborhoods assert themselves. In this case, it seems like they want to . . . Read More

Anne Krieg: Fascinating and compelling conversations they are having out there. Via Twitter

Michael Lens: Found this @Shelterforce piece on abolitionist housing policy very useful - I needed a basic explainer, tbh. Via Twitter

Alisa Orduna: Thank you so much for forwarding this idea of abolition within the housing field. I fully agree. As you continue to explore, I would ask to also look at the issue from Native American and African American Indigenous culture/identity linkages to land ownership. I feel it is so important to acknowledge . . . Read More

Bob Zdenek: Tram Hoang wrote a thoughtful piece on being more explicit about the importance of antiracism in community development. Racial justice, leadership, and opportunity were baked into the early DNA of community development. I started working in community development . . . Read More

Andree Tremoulet: Thanks for the links to the cool tools! I’ll be trying some of them out. Read More

Daniel Hoffman: So many other better ways of doing this. 1) Have state/local housing agencies provide guarantees, which would require very little if any upfront cash. 2) Create funds that convert to a source of low-cost financing for improving rental properties; 3) As written about in these pages more than 30 years ago, make security guarantees . . . Read More

Fernando Centeno: Yes, this is well documented & told, but, it’s an old storyline. Civic success is still defined in urban planning terms — physical & growth development of professional & commercial real estate opportunities, aligned with the city’s . . . Read More
Community Development Investigative Reporter, Shelterforce, Remote ● Shelterforce, the only national publication devoted to affordable housing and community development news, is seeking an investigative reporter. As part of the team the Community Development Investigative Reporter will . . . Read Full Listing
Reporter: Health Fellow, Shelterforce, Remote ● Shelterforce is looking for a health desk fellow, a part-time writer to cover the intersection of social determinants of health and community development. (See our health coverage here.) The health fellow will work closely with Shelterforce’s publisher, editor, and managing editor to . . . Read Full Listing
Research Assistant III, Harvard Graduate School of Design, Cambridge, MA ● Harvard University’s Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) seeks applications for a research assistant to conduct quantitative and qualitative research on issues related to housing and aging. As a member of the JCHS research team, the research assistant will contribute to the Joint Center’s . . . Read Full Listing
Financial Manager, Social Enterprise, NeighborWorks America, Washington, D.C. ● The Social Enterprise Manager provides in-depth timely business and financial analysis, planning, budgeting, and reporting in support of the management and growth of the Success Measures enterprise. This position develops and monitors project budgets for complex programs, designs and develops financial . . . Read Full Listing
Assistant Director of Communications, Center for Community Investment, Washington, D.C. ● The primary responsibilities of the Assistant Director are to design and implement CCI’s communications and media strategies and to oversee the production of the communications products we share through those strategies. The Assistant Director works closely with the Director of Content and . . . Read Full Listing
Director of Asset Management, Urban Housing Solutions, Inc. Nashville, TN ● Urban Housing Solutions, Nashville's leading nonprofit affordable housing and community developer, is looking for an experienced and mission-oriented Director of Asset Management to oversee our growing portfolio of nearly 1,600 apartments and roughly 27,000 . . . Read Full Listing
Housing Program Coordinator, City of Charlottesville, Charlottesville, VA ● The City of Charlottesville is seeking qualified candidates to be considered for the position of Housing Program Coordinator who are highly motivated and who strives for success by demonstrating Charlottesville's Core Values of Leadership, Trust, Creativity, Respect, and Excellence . . . Read Full Listing
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