Trump Era a Time to Build Power, Not Buildings

Tuesday, July 25, 2017
In This Issue: Art in the Face of Gentrification ● Housing Need Even More Skewed by Income Than We Thought ● Trump Era a Time to Build Power, Not Buildings ● Also: Events ● You Said It! ● In Case You Missed It ● Jobs ● More
Keli A. Tianga, Shelterforce
"On the west side of Prospect Park in Brooklyn, the neighborhood has been predominantly West Indian, but it’s changing. Maybe four or five years ago, there was an RIP mural that has been there for as long as I can remember, 15 to 20 years, and it was of a young black man who had gotten shot by a cop. And overnight, literally, overnight . . . "
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Gordon Chin, Chinatown Community Development Center


This is not business as usual. This time is different. 

You need to free up “organizational space” so you can respond to the new stuff that you will be challenged to address, stuff that may not directly impact your organization, but will certainly impact your constituencies, your tenants, and your clients. Maybe you don’t do that tax credit project and instead ask the city to help you land bank it. Maybe you don’t open that satellite office next year in that other city that asked you to. Maybe you don’t expand your youth program to another neighborhood. These will be difficult, even painful decisions. And you will need . . .
Andrew Aurand, National Low Income Housing Coalition

As a tool to measure housing needs and inform policy, relying on the cost-to-income ratio can lead to faulty conclusions about how and for whom we should invest scarce public resources for housing.

For example, the fact that cost burdens are increasingly found among renters across all income levels is often cited these days as a reason to use public dollars to reduce housing costs and create affordable housing opportunities for a broad range of incomes, including moderate- and middle-income households. However . . .
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Events
The Our Homes, Our Voices National Housing Week of Action ● July 22-29. Sponsored by the National Low Income Housing Coalition, this week of action includes local events across the country as well as national events in D.C. and online.
National Organizing Call for September Renters’ Week of Action ● July 27th, 2 p.m. EDT. Join Homes For All campaign and Right To The City Alliance on this national organizing call to learn how you can join and/or support the Renters’ Week of Action & Political Education this September. 
You Said It!

As a client services manager, we provide permanent housing to individuals with multiple barriers in obtaining stable housing . . . Articles like this will continue to educate, enlighten, and encourage this journey the more! —Anita Rodgers, more


The retreat of federal funding for infrastructure, housing, recreation, the arts, education, etc. has made it impossible for city governments to function without attracting and retaining a wealthy tax base, such that evictions of the poor are not an unfortunate side effect but in fact an aim of rezoning and development policy . . . --GS, more
In Case You Missed It
Jobs
Executive Assistant to the President
Telesis seeks a dedicated and responsible Executive Assistant to join our Washington, D.C. office. This individual will provide administrative and support services and will have exposure to learning about community development, housing policy, and urban planning while working closely . . . Read Full Listing
Senior Developer
Telesis seeks a Senior Developer with the skills, energy, and experience to lead its work on all aspects of development, housing, and mixed-use projects. The position requires a leader who takes initiative, thinks strategically, favors a collaborative approach to problem solving, and has a sense of humor . . . Read Full Listing
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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