Housing Not Handcuffs


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Recent Court Ruling Against Sleeping Bans is an Opportunity for Cities

A new analysis from Eric Tars of the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty explains how a recent court ruling against outdoor sleeping bans can empower cities to invest in real solutions to homelessness. "Now, when a business or other constituent comes to a city councilor asking to 'do something' about the homeless person on their corner, the councilor has the freedom to say 'Well, the courts have said we can't simply arrest that person. We have to develop better alternatives that will get them off your corner and into the housing and services they need.'" Read More »

Resources on Youth Homelessness

Point Source Youth's new Host Homes Handbook is a valuable resource for those looking to start Host Homes programs in their own communities. Download Handbook»
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From the Alliance Blog

Featured Alliance Research

Race Is Still More Important Than Place

Tuesday, September 18, 2018
In This Issue: Bold Political Leadership on Housing? In 2018? You Heard Right ● Solutions to an Unjust Housing System ● Race Is Still More Important Than Place ● Also: Jobs ● Shelter Shorts ● Events ● Industry News ● ICYMI +
Tom Angotti, Hunter College
We should have known better. The Kerner Commission taught us that race matters most, not place. But it also embedded in our psyches the equation of Black = central city and the similarly absolute equation of white = suburbs. But this simplistic dualism ignored the obvious fact that… Read Full Article
Shelterforce Staff
Whole Foods Employees Seek to Unionize | Your Job Won't Save You From Homelessness | Rent-to-Own May Equal Jail Time | More… Quick Takes From Our Editors
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Noel A. Poyo, National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders
Most politicians see housing as an issue with a lot of downside and not much upside. But that might be changing. Read Full Article
Anamika Jain and Malcolm Torrejón Chu, Right to the City Alliance
Four scalable land and housing models can provide justice, and homes, for our communities. But we need support to protect them from market pressure. Read Full Article
Industry News
Patricia L. Smith Joins the Funders’ Network as New President & CEO | Smith has previously served as senior policy advisor and director of special initiatives at the Reinvestment Fund, and as director of Philadelphia’s Neighborhood Transformation Initiative. She also launched the Human Capital Development Initiative, a national leadership development and grantmaking program funded by Living Cities.
Events
Thursday, Oct. 4, 2 p.m. ET | “Connecting Leaders to Learning” Webinar Series: The Empty House Next Door | Presented by the Center for Community Progress and Bank of America Charitable Foundation, this webinar will draw from the recently-released The Empty House Next Door by Alan Mallach. The webinar features Mallach and will use data and visuals to explore trends in property vacancy in recent years—including where the challenge is worsening—with a focus on the growth in particularly distressed “hyper-vacant” areas.
You Said It!

Excellent analysis of housing programs. Fair housing is critical but the anti-discrimination measures aren’t working to fix… —Anne E Mannix, more

Powerful analysis, thank you. But would you say that the New Deal housing programs were also inadequate by themselves, since public housing developments tended to be… —Rose Phillips, more

Author Reply
I would. But racism wasn’t the only shortcoming of the 1937 Housing Act. … While organizations such as the National Association of Real Estate Boards succeeded in watering down the law, it was really the intransigence of… —Fred McGhee, more
While I understand advocating for affordable housing, I cannot advocate for this proposal. … I wish you guys would stand down and create a whole policy because this half way maneuver is gonna be ruinous. It is not based upon… —Burke Ericson, more

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Finance Director ● Avenue CDC seeks an individual who will be responsible for ensuring effective financial management, accounting, and risk management systems. As a member of the senior leadership team, the finance director is involved in strategic planning, evaluation, and professional development… Read Full Listing
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