Don't Blame Artists for Gentrification

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Tuesday, April 18, 2017

Industry News

Moises Loza is retiring from the Housing Assistance Council (HAC). Loza was with HAC for nearly 45 years, 28 as executive director. Prior to that he served at HUD and the USDA Rural Housing Service and on many boards including National Hispanic Housing Council, Rural Development Leadership Network, and National Low Income Housing Coalition.

Anne McCulloch steps in as CEO of Housing Partnership Equity Trust, the nation's first affordable housing real estate investment trust sponsored by nonprofits. McCulloch previously served as senior vice president of credit and housing access at Fannie Mae, and she has worked at HUD and the FDIC.


Hope in the Delta: Turning the Tide on Persistent Rural Poverty | April 20, 10 a.m. EDT

NeighborWorks presents a live webcast on rural poverty starting at 10 a.m. Eastern. Speakers include Bill Bynum, Andrea Levere, Moises Loza, Paul Weech, and other Shelterforce authors.

Live Webcast | State and Private Sector Innovation and the Future of US Health Care | April 25, 11:30 a.m. EDT

McKinsey's Center for US Health System Reform and the Duke-Margolis Center for Health Policy will host this webcast to explore the future state of our nation's health care and discuss ways to achieve effective solutions at the national and state levels.

NYC | ANHD's 7th Annual Community Development Conference: Build Community Power | April 26, 8:45 a.m. EDT

Click here for further info on the Association for Neighborhood and Housing's seventh annual convening.


Center for American Progress | Roots of the Recession Brief

Despite the success of federal housing assistance programs, conservatives continue to falsely blame housing policy for causing the financial crisis. This brief provides background for housing and community development advocates who work to counteract the deep cuts proposed by this administration.

Don't Blame Artists for Gentrification
Jamie Bennett, ArtPlace America
While The Rise of the Creative Class got many municipal leaders to look at artists as assets for the first time, it did so by positioning them as "others," as outsiders who were not rooted in any community. They were seen as a roving economic development army who stayed in a place only as long as there was fair trade coffee no more than a bike-share ride away from their live/work loft. But the trouble with that story is . . . More

Lillian M. Ortiz
You Know Health and Housing Are Connected. Use This Report to Show Others
Lillian M. Ortiz, Shelterforce
For those trying to convince community partners, city officials, hospitals, and health organizations to view housing and issues of neighborhood disinvestment through a health lens (and vice versa), the Urban Institute has compiled 15 years of research into a helpful one-stop report about the effects of vacant buildings, low-quality housing, and empty lots on . . . More

Josh Silver
CRA Should Be Becoming Less Partisan. Instead, It's More
Josh Silver, NCRC
The Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) is aimed at making capitalism work better for everyone, everywhere. Any hardworking citizen with good credit should be able to secure a loan and participate in the capitalist economy by buying a home or starting a small business. This ethic is consistent with both liberal and conservative notions that all Americans should have a fair chance to pull themselves up by their own bootstraps. Unfortunately . . . More

You Said It!

I have friends and neighbors doing social justice/advocacy work who choose not to live in more-diverse (race/class) neighborhoods so their children can go to "good" schools . . . --Kristen Cuhran, more

The description of Montclair in the 1st paragraph of the "No Matter Where?" section is simplistic. Seven of our schools qualified for Title 1 funds in . . . --John V. Lytle, more

If only 7 of your schools have at least 5 percent low-income students, I think you've made my point for me . . . --Miriam Axel-Lute, more

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