Tiny Homes, More Than a Fad

Wednesday, July 5, 2017
In This Issue: Vision, Not Just Critique ● Planning With a Community Wealth Building Lens ● Tiny Homes, More Than a Fad ● Also: In Case You Missed It ● Jobs ● More
Sharon Lee, Low Income Housing Institute
Seattle is known for having mild winters, with average temperatures hovering around 45 degrees. Nevertheless, in December 2016, the King County Medical Examiner documented that four homeless people had died from hypothermia. Since January of this year, 37 homeless men and women have died living on the streets.

In 2016, at least 91 homeless men and women died on the streets. Some causes of death? Exposure, poor health, violence, drug overdoses, suicides, and being struck by cars. More people die as a result of their homelessness than are . . .
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Brent Kakesako, Hawai’i Alliance for Community-Based Economic Development (HACBED) 
Over an organization’s 25 years in existence, how do staff and volunteers measure impact and build off of lessons learned to guide their next steps forward?

Our community-based economic development organization turned 25 years old this year, and our team has begun to reflect on and attempt to capture the successes in its history. It is thus ideal timing that Shelterforce asked me to write up some thoughts on Democracy Collaborative’s new book Conversations on Community Wealth Building, because it provides us, as an intermediary, an opportunity to review and discuss our work in the context of the field.

The Democracy Collaborative’s senior fellow Steve Dubb introduces the book—a series of . . .
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce 
Any successful resistance needs a vision to offer people, not just a critique. We need to keep talking about a world of opportunity, fairness, dignity, security, equity, and community. We need stories and plans that give everyone a sense that there could be a place for them in an inclusive America.

Our aim needs to be high enough that when we compromise at all, it’s for something meaningful and joyous, not merely the avoidance of utter ruin.

And to do that, we need the big picture ideas and stories, we need courage and boldness, and we need practical know-how. We must have a clear-eyed and honest look at what we need and . . .
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Featured Bloggers
Bob Annibale, Citi ● Laura Barrett, Interfaith Worker Justice ● Murtaza Baxamusa, Sol Price School of Public Policy, USC ● Michael Bodaken, National Housing Trust ● Bill Bynum, HOPE Credit Union ● Steve Dubb, Democracy Collaborative ● Jamaal Green, Portland State University ● John Henneberger, Texas Low Income Housing Information Service ● David Holtzman, newspaper reporter and former planner ● Josh Ishimatsu, National CAPACD ● Rick Jacobus, Street Level Advisors ● Daniel Kravetz, Freelance Writer ● Alan Mallach, Center for Community Progress ● Jonathan Reckford, Habitat for Humanity ● Doug Ryan, Prosperity Now ● Josh Silver, NCRC ● James Tracy, San Francisco Community Land Trust ● Eva Wingren, Baltimore Community Foundation