Mass Eviction: Eyewitness

Tuesday, February 27, 2018
In this Issue: Where Were All the Sidewalks Built?HMDA Will Help Predators Identify You! How a Foundation Exec Learned to Walk the Walk A Case of Construction Eviction in QueensMass Eviction: EyewitnessAlso: Jobs ● Shelter Shorts ● Events ● Resources +
Shelter Shorts

Unreformed Vampire Squid | Facebook to Investigate Inequality | When Algorithms Fail the Poor | A Mortgage Fraud Scheme that Targeted People of Color | Puerto Rico's Brewing Housing Crisis | More...
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Jason Vrabel, Downstream
In Pittsburgh, hundreds of Penn Plaza residents were given 90-day eviction notices after their building was slated for demolition. The mass eviction was well known throughout Pittsburgh, but few knew what was happening inside the building. Jason Vrabel spent 100 days with residents until the last one was relocated on March 31, 2017. Read Full Article
Kaia Peterson, NeighborWorks Montana
A health and community development partnership's plan for health equity leads to an admission, then a revelation for a city transportation department. Read Full Article
Jeremy Magno, CUNY Queens College.
In a real estate gold rush, profit-driven companies seeking quick flips and cheap land will undoubtedly turn to harassment and displacement tactics. As part of an urban studies class exploring rezoning's effect on a community, I met residents and documented the tactics and practices of two such companies. Read Full Article
Josh Silver, NCRC
The Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) is the key to preventing predatory behavior, not the cause of it. So how can an economics professor from George Washington University claim that HMDA data can facilitate large-scale identity theft? Read Full Article
Interview by Miriam Axel-Lute and Harold Simon, Shelterforce
Mark Constantine knows that structural racism permeates everything, even well-intentioned foundations. He gives us a view of one foundation’s attempt to learn to walk the walk and how that commitment can influence the work one organization does to create a culture of health in its community. Read Full Article
Events

Thursday, March 8, 12:30 p.m. EST CapNexus Webinar Series Part 1: Using New Markets Tax Credit Program (NMTC) for Innovative Financing This webinar will feature NMTC experts who will discuss case studies and best practices from various perspectives, including innovative uses of NMTC to make your applications more competitive and to overcome barriers of complexity and challenges in a project, and more.
Resources

Grounded Solutions Network has launched version 2.0 of its Inclusionary Housing Calculator The calculator is a web-based tool to help policymakers and other local policy stakeholders better understand the real estate economics that drive local housing policy choices. The calculator measures the anticipated costs and revenues for a hypothetical development project and returns an estimate of profitability. Users can adjust key variables, like how much affordable housing the project will provide, to determine the financial viability of different development scenarios.

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You Said It!

Excellent article that correctly calls for a comprehensive strategy for population health to come out of partnerships between the health care and housing/community development sectors. In that light, I wish it had gone beyond the usual coastal “hot market” mindset that singularly focuses on gentrification as . . . —Barbara Samuels, more

I’m late to the comment party, but thank you for this article. . . . I’m caught in between being priced out of affordable housing because I make too much and priced out of new construction because I don’t make enough. Frustrating. Thank you for at least showing that I’m not going crazy. —Susan, more
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