Did artist housing spark Times Square turnaround?

Tuesday, January 9, 2018
In this Issue: Can Rowhouse Repairs Make Philly Healthier?GOP Tax "Reform" Endangers Community InvestmentDid Artist Housing Spark Times Square Turnaround?Also: Jobs ● Shelter Shorts ● Industry News ● Opportunity +
Keli A. Tianga, Shelterforce
A new documentary explores the stories behind a bold idea in the 1970s to create a subsidized housing community for artists in one of New York City's most challenging neighborhoods. Read Full Article
Ryan Briggs, reporter 
In Philadelphia, roughly 125,000 homeowners may be in danger of losing their homes due to unaffordable maintenance costs. Poorly maintained homes exacerbate asthma and other chronic health conditions. That’s why health care professionals and housing advocates are working together to… Read Full Article
Ted Wysocki, Institute of Cultural Affairs-USA
Apparently there wasn’t one Republican Senator who was willing to stick up for the idea that tax reform supposedly aimed at growing our economy should augment, not diminish, community investment. Read Full Article
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Shelter Shorts

2018 Housing predictions // Gentrification News // Local Resistance // Unlikely inspiration for planners // NCRC’s smart move. Again. Read them all (and more) here.
Industry News
Pamela Benoit is the new chief operating officer at REACH Community Development. She previously served as CFO for the organization. Benoit has also served as CFO with Human Solutions and AHC Inc., senior vice president for finance and administration at Catholic Charities USA, and as vice president and director of finance at Montgomery Housing Partnership Inc.
Kevin Davenport is the new director of membership and organizing for the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC). Since September 2015, Davenport has served as NCRC’s senior regional organizer and organizing and advocacy manager. Prior to his roles with NCRC, Davenport worked to increase the minimum wage in Illinois, directed various GOTV campaigns, and organized a coalition of 250 faith-based institutions around Affordable Care Act enrollment.
Joan Serviss has become the new executive director of the Arizona Housing Coalition. Serviss formerly led the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness, which merged with the Arizona Housing Alliance last year. Serviss and Val Iverson, Arizona Housing Alliance's director, served as co-executive directors of the new organization from July 1 until the end of 2017, when Iverson retired. Iverson led the Alliance for nine years until its merger.
Opportunity
Deadline Approaching for Annual Organizing Awards Nominations Friday, January 12 is the deadline for National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) members to submit nominations for the annual Organizing Award. Awards will be presented at the 2018 NLIHC Housing Policy Forum in March. Special consideration will be given to nominations that incorporate tenant- or resident-centered organizing.
In 2018, the Bank of America Charitable Foundation will issue two requests for proposals (RFPs) on the priority focus areas of: 


To attend a webinar on Jan. 23 that will explain the application process, click here. To apply for the RFPs online, click here.  
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You Said It!

A long, and sometimes heated, discussion about middle-income housing took place in response to a Twitter post about our most-read article of 2017, which was written by Rick Jacobus. 



My personal opinion is that rent control is a bad thing—conferring a benefit on long-time renters, at the expense of new renter movers to the neighborhood, generally with a zero-sum effect on… —Charlie Wilkins, more

If more rentals were cooperatively owned by the residents rent control could become obsolete and the industry could look to the cooperatives to determine what it costs operate a… —Herb Fisher, more



I am concerned about continuing to use the 30 percent threshold as a definer of affordability. For families at the lowest end of the income spectrum, 30 percent may be too high a portion of their income to spend on housing; but, for more moderate-income families, spending up to 40-45 percent on housing may not be… —Chris, more

Editor Reply
Chris, We agree that the 30 percent standard is a very broad brush. You might be interested in this series of articles we published in last year’s Spring issue about it. (And likewise that gentrification means many things.) —Miriam Axel-Lute
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Chief Impact Officer ● Housing Trust Silicon Valley seeks a leader who is enthusiastic about the creation and preservation of housing for low- to middle-income people in the Bay Area. If you have prior CDFI-related experience, can strengthen our leadership team, and can thrive in a collaborative environment, this is the role you’re looking for... Read Full Listing
Director of Advocacy and Community Engagement ● Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California seeks the right person for this senior position. The person in this role will expand a growing center of expertise, resources, and capacity to move a pro-affordable housing agenda at multiple levels, building a foundation for successful electoral work in the Bay Area and... Read Full Listing
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Policy Analyst or Senior Policy Analyst—Housing Policy ● The CBPP seeks a Housing Policy Analyst to conduct analyses and design policy proposals across a range of federal housing policy issues. Most of the HPA’s work will be relevant to current legislative developments—including annual appropriations for housing programs, as well as efforts to reform them—so the role offers... Read Full Listing
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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 DubbJamaal 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