Towers *Do* Make Good Public Housing

In this issue: Government-Funded Organizing * Alan Mallach * Getting Millions for Neighborhood Revitalization * Housing Body Mind & Spirit
Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Industry News

Cleveland State University Names Roland V. Anglin Dean of Maxine Goodman Levin College of Urban Affairs
Dr. Anglin is an authority on community economic development, and sits on the Shelterforce board of directors. He has served as senior advisor to the chancellor and director of the Cornwall Center, and was the founding executive director of the Initiative for Regional and Community Transformation in the Bloustein School. Anglin has also served with the Structured Employment Economic Development Corporation and the Ford Foundation's Community and Resource Development Unit.


Managing Community Change: A Dialogue on Gentrification | Live Event and Webcast | April 11
Although gentrification has been a topic of concern and debate for decades there is disagreement about the degree of displacement it causes or whether it brings benefits to longtime residents that stay in gentrified neighborhoods. This panel of researchers and practitioners will consider lessons and best practices aimed at making integration work. For more information, click here.


Call for Research to Feature at the 2016 Assets Learning Conference
CFED seeks research on the key challenges or financial decisions facing communities, as well as evidence of what works for helping families get ahead. Research submissions can span a range of topics, including racial wealth inequality, household debt, income volatility and more, and will be featured throughout the 2016 ALC. Submission deadline: April 15.


The Gap: NLIHC 2016 Affordable Housing Analysis

The Gap, a new report released by NLIHC, documents a shortage of affordable and available rental units for the nation's 10.4 million extremely low income renter households, those with income at or below 30% of their area median. The report calls for greater federal investment in ELI rental housing through the National Housing Trust Fund and other housing programs.

Towers *Do* Make Good Public Housing

Alan Mallach, Center for Community Progress
Since the 1990s, HUD's Hope VI program has demolished hundreds of public housing projects, usually replacing them with lower-density developments that house far fewer people. But is the issue really about density?   More 

Government-Funded Organizing?!
Robert Fisher, University of Connecticut School of Social Work
Public funding for community organizing would strengthen our democracy and relegitmize a beleaguered public sector. It's not as far-fetched as you think. Here's . . .  More 

NJ Could Have Millions More for Neighborhood Revitalization. What's
Holding It Back?
William E. Best, PNC Community Development Banking
NJ has a tax credit program that's the envy of other states. So why doesn't it have more support in state government?  More 

Housing That Serves the Mind, Body, and Spirit
Flynann Janisse, Rainbow Housing Assistance Corporation
Identifying the needs of a specific tenant population is critical to the development of a tailored provision of health-related services. Here are several resident services tackling issues that can impede the physical, social, and emotional good health of residents . . .  More

You Said It!

Barbara [Samuels]: Thanks for your February 8 comment in response to our earlier post. We wanted to add a few clarifications which we hope dramatically reduces the distance between NHT's views and your own on the Federal Housing Finance Agency's (FHFA's) proposed Duty to Serve rule . . .  --Ellen Lurie Hoffman on The Danger in Restricting Our Definition of "Preservation"
While I agree that a living wage and guaranteed income are admirable goals, I don't expect the cavalry to arrive anytime soon. The alternative, at least in some markets, is to help low-income families live well within their means while at the same time allowing for diversification of their low-cost neighborhoods
. . . --Steve Lockwood on Bigger Forces at Play

Could a model ordinance be drafted that might be presented to local municipality, county or state governments? --Herb Fisher on How One City Is Keeping Jobs Local Using Co-ops
Rent control as done previously has been poorly targeted. There is no reason why it can't be done better. We have better technology now to enforce income restrictions and make units income-qualified. Politically it may be tough, but it could be done in hot markets without as many inequities . . .
--Dan Immergluck on Why We Must Build
In the late 1970s, Lee Adler in Savannah, GA and Art Zeigler in Pittsburgh PA combined privately-raised donations--with various HUD loan/mortgage insurance programs and private banking support--to re-invigorate existing/older housing stock to help meet the need for affordable rental housing in their respective cities . . . . Arthur Ziegler continues to run his programs and is considered a leader in the housing development field . . . --Melissa Jest on Using the Wrong Tools to Build Affordable Housing

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Vice President for Applied Research  
The Vice President for Applied Research designs and conducts applied research projects to examine the relationships between economic and demographic disparities in access to economic opportunity, and to support Woodstock Institute's policy advocacy. The research encompasses equitable lending and investments . . . Read Full Listing 

Rental Housing Development  
Program Manager
The role of this position is to ensure line-of-business activities result in successful projects and support the mission and business objectives of Community Frameworks and our clients, and to actively participate in project development work. The Manager is skilled in real estate/affordable housing development and finance . . . Read Full Listing 

Project Manager 
The Project Manager will work in the Tenant Purchase Program on tenant opportunity to purchase TOPA projects, managing 4-6 projects & overseeing tenant organizing, financing, and renovation of the buildings. Through this program, Mi Casa has prevented the displacement of over 1,000 people, and supported and empowered tenants to . . . Read Full Listing 

Associate Director,
Affordable Homeownership
CFED is a national nonprofit with a mission of empowering low- and moderate-income households to build and preserve assets. We seek a proven leader who combines a depth of affordable housing policy experience and project management know-how, who thrives on collaboration, curiosity, and . . . Read Full Listing  

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Featured Bloggers
Center for Health, Environment
& Justice

Murtaza Baxamusa
Sol Price School of Public Policy, USC

Housing Assistance Council

Michael Bodaken
National Housing Trust

Raphael Bostic
USC Price School of Public Policy

Janis Bowdler
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

HOPE Credit Union

Burlington Associates

Democracy Collaborative

Ana Garcia-Ashley
Gamaliel Foundation

Jamaal Green
Portland State University

Texas Low Income Housing Information Service

Lisa Hodges
Hodges Development, LLC

Planner, Louisa County, Va.

National CAPACD

Rick Jacobus
Street Level Advisors

Daniel Kravetz
Freelance Writer


Center for Community Progress

Alexandra Moffett-Bateau
City University of New York

Tulane University

Habitat for Humanity

National Urban League


Center on Budget and Policy Priorities  


San Francisco Community 
Land Trust

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