When the Unemployed Fought Back

Week of Feb. 28
Annie Howard, Shelterforce
During the Great Depression, unemployed people organized and put their lives on the line to keep each other in their homes. Read Full Article
Nisha Mistry, Shelterforce
In the past two years, community lenders have been exploring how to get more capital to Black- and Brown-led developers. Here's how it's going. Read Full Article
Shelby R. King, Shelterforce
Several big banks promised billions to increase racial equity and close the wealth gap following George Floyd’s murder. What are those dollars going toward, and how big a change do they represent? Read Full Article
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Sulma Arias has been named the new executive director of People’s Action. Arias previously served as director of immigration and power building for Community Change and Community Change Action, and before that, as executive director for Sunflower Community Action in Kansas, where she helped lead the fight against Kris Kobach’s attack on immigrants.

Thursday, March 3, 4-5 p.m. ET, Accelerating Transformative & Equitable Housing Solutions | The Partnership for the Bay’s Future will host a discussion about the strategies and tactics that are advancing equitable pro-housing agendas across the region. The event will feature Lourdes Castro Ramirez of California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency; Fred Blackwell of the San Francisco Foundation; Denise Scott and Cindy Wu of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation; and Khanh Russo of the San Francisco Foundation. Register here.
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Roy Lowenstein: Given the decline we reluctantly should acknowledge in public sector capacity, programs utilized by the private sector, like the LIHTC, perhaps augmented with with expanded HOME and/or NHTF, may be the best we can do. At least these are tools we know how to use and hopefully we can shrug at the inefficiencies in these programs. Read More

Roxanne Peterson: How many people, even die hard republicans and libertarians, would object to removing swaths of land from the speculative market if the sole purpose was to provide housing for low/moderate income households that is desperately needed? Read More

Jake Wegmann: What we need is to get this existing system to scale up its production by 5X. We need to expand the existing funding streams, and both the govt and the philanthropic sector need to embrace the unsexy but hugely important imperative to boost the capacity of nonprofits so more of them can function at bigger scales. Read More

Paula DeMichele: I say emphatically, just as there is NO SINGLE CAUSE of the housing crunch, there is no SINGLE solution ... A regional approach between the state government and local municipalities might have a chance of working. Read More

Andree Tremoulet: Thanks for giving me a new framework for thinking about the wealth gap: exclusion, exploitation, and extraction, Jeremie. Read More

Keri-Nicole Dillman: This framework is very compelling and so well presented and argued here. Read More

Laurie Benner: We need to normalize reparations being included in conversations about increasing Black wealth. Via Twitter

DeSales Community Development: Have you heard talk about gentrification, but aren’t sure exactly what it means? Or are you wondering if it’s taking place in your community? This article from @Shelterforce shares different definitions, and can help us identify it in our daily lives. Via Twitter
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
Director of Policy, Housing Assistance Council, Washington, D.C. The Director of Public Policy is a newly created position based in HAC’s Washington, D.C., headquarters, reporting directly to the CEO and serving on HAC’s Executive Leadership Team. This individual will be expected to maintain HAC’s position as the leading authority on current rural housing ... 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
Deputy Director, National Affordable Housing Retrofit Initiative, ACEEE, Washington, D.C. or Remote USA ● ACEEE seeks a deputy director for a national project to scale up clean energy retrofits in the LMI housing market. Capacity-building will be aimed at states and localities to help ensure state, local, and federal resources are effectively deployed to accelerate LMI retrofits in ways that address climate . . . Read Full Listing
Fiscal Director, Valley Community Development, Northampton, MA Valley Community Development Corporation (Valley) seeks an enthusiastic, motivated, and experienced Fiscal Director. Valley is a community based nonprofit organization formed in 1988 and serving Hampshire and Franklin counties. Our mission is to empower underserved . . . Read Full Listing
Technical Assistance Coordinator, National Affordable Housing Retrofit Initiative, ACEEE, Washington, D.C. or Remote USA ● The American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy (ACEEE), a leading national research organization based in Washington, DC, seeks a technical assistance coordinator for a new initiative designed to scale up low- and moderate-income (LMI) building retrofits . . . Read Full Listing
Community Development Research Analyst, Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, Philadelphia, PA ● This position is in the Philadelphia Fed’s Community Development and Regional Outreach Department, which works with low- and moderate-income communities to support the growth of an inclusive economy. Research analysts are responsible for performing quantitative and qualitative analyses, primarily . . . Read Full Listing
Senior Fellow-Medicaid, Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, Washington, D.C. ● CBPP is seeking to hire a Senior Fellow who has substantial knowledge of and experience with affordable housing and/or homelessness programs (such as, but not limited to, the Housing Choice Voucher program and other rental assistance programs, Public Housing, McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance . . . Read Full Listing
Director of Asset Management, Imagine Housing, Kirkland, WA ● The Director of Asset Management is responsible for the overall ownership, operations, and management of the real estate portfolio ensuring the financial and physical conditions of the properties meet industry standards and serve the organization’s mission. Responsible for assessing... Read Full Listing
Policy and Research Analyst, Council of Large Public Housing Authorities, Washington, D.C. ● CLPHA is seeking a dynamic and experienced Policy and Research Analyst. Under the general direction of the Director of Policy and Research, this position is responsible for conducting research, analyzing and projecting the impact of proposed federal, state and other laws, rules, and regulations . . . Read Full Listing
Corporations and Foundations Development Officer, La Casa de Don Pedro Inc., Newark, NJ ● La Casa de Don Pedro seeks an experienced and passionate Corporations and Foundations Development Officer [CFDO] to help strengthen its resource development capacity and impact in order to carry out La Casa’s mission to foster self-sufficiency, empowerment, and neighborhood . . . Read Full Listing
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