Mid-Atlantic Region's Learning Community Call - February 24

Good afternoon,

CoC leaders in the Mid-Atlantic Region (MAR) are invited to participate in February's MAR Learning Community Call focused on the nuts and bolts of ending veterans homelessness in your communities. The call is specifically targeted for communities who may not already be receiving technical assistance on ending veterans homelessness, though all are welcome to attend and participate! 

Please register for Mid-Atlantic Regional CoC Learning Community: Ending Veterans Homelessness in Your CoC held on:
Feb 24, 2016 10:00 am EDT at 

We've collectively learned a lot in what works in ending veterans homelessness, so we'll use this call to: 1) Provide a brief, high-level overview of the key components, 2) Interview two communities in the Mid-Atlantic Region who have successfully met the goals of ending veterans homelessness as set out by USICH, and 3) Offer ample time for open discussion and questions. 

We hope you can join us! After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. The call will be recorded. 

The bi-monthly calls are organized by the Mid-Atlantic Region's Technical Assistance (TA) team. 

·        Mayors Challenge Desk Book (HUD). A large compilation of guidance, resources and tools issued through the Mayors Challenge effort.

·        Vets@Home Toolkit: Identifying and Engaging Homeless Veterans (HUD). HUD designed this toolkit for CoC stakeholders, practitioners and public officials to improve practices around identifying and engaging all veterans experiencing homelessness. Effective strategies used by communities that have been successful in decreasing veteran homelessness are detailed in this toolkit, and most can be easily adapted to fit any community situation.

·        Criteria and Benchmarks for Achieving the Goal of Ending Veteran Homelessness (USICH). The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, and the Department of Veterans Affairs have adopted a vision of what it means to end all homelessness and specific criteria and benchmarks for ending Veteran homelessness in order to help guide communities as they take action to achieve the goal.

·        HUD Landlord and Recruitment Desk Book (HUD). This document can assist you in reaching out to and cultivating relationships with landlords.



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Events

Webinar | Rewriting the Rules of the American Economy | February 10

Stan Greenberg speaks with Roosevelt Institute Chief Economist Joseph Stiglitz about Rewriting the Rules, a new report by Stiglitz, discussing topics including how we got to this point of severe inequality, an evidence-backed economic frame to combat trickle down market ideals, and a comprehensive policy agenda. Register for the webinar here.

Opportunity

Call for Nominations | 2016 NLIHC Organizing Award | Deadline February 5
Recognize the hard work of an ally NLIHC member organization or your own with a nomination. The award recognizes outstanding achievement during 2015 in state or local organizing activity. Special consideration will be given to nominations that incorporate tenant- or resident-driven organizing.

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Poisoned Flint, Still Subsidizing Its Suburbs
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
Cities like Flint have long been regarded as at fault for their own problems and in need primarily of a stern dose of fiscal temperance (for example, shopping around for supposed basement bargains on crucial contracts like water supply). But this collective attitude of cities as takers rather than makers is part of what set up the poisoning of Flint's children. It's time to tell a different story . . . More



First Ignored, Then Poisoned
Laura Barrett, Center for Health, Environment and Justice
Why is our country's response to food poisoning so much quicker and more effective than the response to the Flint water crisis? Flint residents were organized before the media started paying attention. Why did no one listen?  More 


It's More Important to Control Development Than to DevelopInterview: Gordon Chin, Founding Executive Director, Chinatown CDC
Josh Ishimatsu, National CAPACD
Developers want to develop; they're always thinking about the next project, and that's fine. But you don't want to become imbalanced. You wake up one day and . . . More


Building Children Out of Our Cities
Tiffany Eng, HomeKeeper/Salesforce


It's been said that children are the indicator species of urban health and great neighborhoods, and by this measure, Oakland is in trouble . . . More 



Unsafe, Segregated Housing Is Never "Fair"

John Henneberger, Texas Low Income Housing Information Service
Distressed public housing located in racially- or economically-segregated areas should not be rebuilt on site. Here's why . . . More 


You Said It!

This is a huge issue and absolutely related to affordable housing and family stability. Thanks for this article! --Anne B. Gass on When Work Creates Insecurity

We have a situation in Port Arthur, Texas where banks are "Redlining" in an African American city, with a high poverty rate. Glad to be a part of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC).  The Texas Community Reinvestment Group has been formed to address CRA issues in the State of Texas. There is a lot of work to be . . . --Igalious "Ike" Mills on CRA Exams Aren't Cutting it for Communities in Need

Thank you Robert for calling out the lack of family-sized housing in our cities. At the local level, we really do need to get beyond counting production only in terms of units and start paying attention to the number of bedrooms being built and the housing capacity in our pipeline. If no one is tracking unit pipelines and production by bedroom counts, it's hard for me to understand how we can adequately plan for our growing cities in a way that . . . --Tiffany Eng on Seeking True "Multifamily" Housing

Achieving this level of data collection is quite a feat, and I commend you and your team for taking the initiative. I'm curious, do you have any outside entity who will peer review your data to determine the significance of any observations you make? In other words, who will determine if observation X is evidence of a statistically significant trend or purely anecdote? In general, I worry that . . . --Chris L. on Data Systems for Social Change

In many situations the right answer will not be so obvious and John fails to deal with at least two key questions that have to be analyzed before we demolish longstanding housing communities and tell everyone to move to a new neighborhood. First, what do the existing residents want? . . . Second, what impact will demolition have on the surrounding neighborhood and those residents?Will demolishing the public housing result in . . . --Joe Kriesberg on Unsafe, Segregated Housing Is Never "Fair"

A high priority is placed on protecting and retaining long-time homeowners, but long-time renters can be casually dismissed? -- Terry Pratt on 7 Policies That Could Prevent Gentrification


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