Making Housing Discrimination a Game

Week of March 14
Brandon Duong, Shelterforce
Video game Dot’s Home aims to educate players on various housing barriers Black Americans have faced. How well does it do? Read Full Article
Omari Ho-Sang, founder of All Streets All People in Louisiana, sees more people affected by housing insecurity stepping up to lead the work for solutions. See Video
Heather Way, The University of Texas School of Law
Property tax relief programs can be essential for helping older and lower-income homeowners keep their homes. But access to them isn’t universal, or equitable. Read Full Article
Keli Tianga, Shelterforce
In The Whiteness of Wealth, Emory University professor Dorothy Brown argues that not only has our tax code had a deleterious effect on Black lives, when it comes to racial wealth disparities, nothing—not even the racism that has permeated the real estate industry—is more systemic. Read Full Article
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Industry News
Karim Sultan has become the chief operating officer of The East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation. Sultan previously served as the vice president of affordable housing at Covia Community.

Tuesday, March 15, 2 p.m. ET | LIHTC & Racial Equity: Developing an Equity Scorecard of QAPs | The BlueGreen Alliance Foundation is in the process of developing a QAP scorecard to strengthen standards within the nation’s largest affordable housing program—the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit. Join Miriam Zuk, of Ground Works Consulting, to learn more about the intersection of racial equity and LIHTC and provide input into the development of scoring criteria. Register here.

Wednesday, March 23, 3 p.m. ET | Push Back on Racial Wealth Gap, Co-hosted by Shelterforce and NerdWallet | The racial wealth gap has been an intractable problem for decades—how do we move beyond what we’ve been trying to solutions that will help communities as well as individuals? Join authors from Shelterforce’s recent series, The Racial Wealth Gap—Moving to Systemic Solutions, and other experts to explore questions like how to make a more just financial system, what role homeownership does or doesn’t play in addressing the racial wealth gap, and how to make homeownership a better wealth-building tool. Register here.
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Sen. Elizabeth Warren: Being able to get a quality education is supposed to level the playing field. But our system shoves the burden onto students, and that makes it even harder for so many to get ahead. The right thing to do for economic opportunity and racial justice is to #CancelStudentDebt. Via Twitter

Laurie Benner: If @WellsFargo wants to be very involved in the homeownership piece, I strongly encourage them to develop a Special Purpose Credit Program to increase #racialequity and help close the homeownership and wealth gaps. Via Twitter

Annie Donovan: CDFIs should adapt capital products and programs that support BIPOC developers, measure the impact, and build the necessary infrastructure for a more successful outcome. Thank you, @NishaMWalker, for recognizing LISC's efforts and including our work in the piece! Via Twitter

David Weber: I realize the reputation of public housing will not be quickly changed, but the original public housing program was very much like what Greer suggests: Here’s some money, build some housing (no debt and no profit to help keep costs down), charge rents that are affordable but generate enough revenue to maintain the housing and possibly build more. Perhaps not politically possible right now, but we are closer to that possibility than we have been in 50 years. Read More

Frank Ford: At the scale of an individual house, I think you’re right. I was more concerned about assumptions I was hearing about demolition in general, without being based in fact. Read More
Real Estate Development Program Manager, CASA of Oregon The Real Estate Development Program Manager is responsible for the development of multi-family housing, single-family housing and community facility projects for CASA and helps determine the course of CASA’s development program. The Real Estate Development Program Manager also directs and facilitates . . . Read Full Listing
Director of Sustainability Policy, National Housing Trust, Washington, D.C. The Director of Sustainability Policy is an exciting opportunity for an entrepreneurial self-starter interested in working at the intersection of affordable housing policy, environmental policy, and racial equity. Under the direction of the Senior Director of Sustainability Policy . . . Read Full Listing
Executive Director, Blaine County Housing Authority, Ketchum, ID Make a difference in affordable housing by serving as Executive Director of the Blaine County Housing Authority. You will manage current programs, undertake and evaluate the current functions and duties of the Authority, and propose initiatives to improve its services to the local community . . . Read Full Listing
Associate Director of Real Estate, Urban Edge, Roxbury, MA ● Urban Edge seeks a skilled and mission-driven team member who is interested in supporting a growing team as the Associate Director of Real Estate. The Associate Director of Real Estate will play an essential role in supporting staff and in executing complex real estate projects. Reporting to the Director of Real Estate . . . Read Full Listing
Community Loan Fund—Loan Officer, CASA of Oregon As a certified Community Development Financial Institution (CDFI), CASA operates a loan fund of approximately $20 million and generates a limited number of large real estate loans each year. The Community Loan Fund - Loan Officer is responsible for activities related to production, underwriting, processing . . . Read Full Listing
Vice President of Innovative Finance, Grounded Solutions, Remote The Vice President of Innovative Finance will ensure that Grounded Solution’s primary audiences have the appropriate level of affordable housing finance knowledge and expertise needed to produce and preserve 1 million homes with lasting affordability over the next 10 years in a . . . Read Full Listing
Senior Project Manager–Transit-Oriented Development, Sound Transit, Seattle, WA Guided by Sound Transit’s Equitable Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) policy and with a focus on affordable housing, Sound Transit’s TOD team is helping to realize community-supported development outcomes on excess public land near transit stops and stations. The Senior Project . . . Read Full Listing
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