New Data Sheds Light on How Housing Affordability Impacts Homelessness

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New Research Demonstrates the Connection between Homelessness and Housing Affordability

Communities where people spend more than 32 percent of their income on rent can expect a more rapid increase in homelessness, according to new Zillow-sponsored research on the size and root causes of the nation's homelessness challenge.
This research demonstrates that the homeless population climbs faster when rent affordability – the share of income people spend on rent – crosses certain thresholds. In many areas beyond those thresholds, even modest rent increases can push thousands more Americans into homelessness.
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SNAP E&T State Institutes Opens Call for Applications

The U.S. Department of Agriculture is offering an interactive training for staff and leaders of state SNAP Employment and Training Programs (SNAP E&T). Participants will work with colleagues to gain skills and develop plans to advance their state's SNAP E&T Program. Applications from State SNAP agencies are due January 7, 2019, and may include non-State partners (e.g, State workforce agencies or SNAP E&T providers) on the proposed participant list.

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LSA Export Update

LSA Export Update
HUD this morning has sent out the below information regarding the LSA export and HDX. We are passing along this information to you:

"HDX 2.0 Users: Thanks to your ongoing diligent review, we have identified several new bugs in the system related to warnings and calculations for the "Chronic Homelessness and Disabling Condition" display. First, since our calculation updates last week, the warnings being thrown for data results in these fields are being applied to the wrong fields. In addition, for the AO-RRH and AO-PSH results, the results are displaying inaccurately. These results do not mean that your underlying data are incorrect. We are working on patches, but please do not wait for these patches to move forward with uploading and submitting by the deadline. You may clear these warnings for now by entering "HDX 2.0 data calculation error" in the notes field. If you have already submitted your data, you may leave it as submitted and an LSA team member will reach out to you within a week with more guidance. 

The HDX initiative is brought to you by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Submit questions or comments about the HDX 2.0 via (choose "HDX" as the topic)"

If you have further questions please contact HUD through their AAQ website link listed above.

When a CDC Changes Its Mission to Health

Tuesday, December 11, 2018
In This Issue: Growing Social Housing Without Increasing Segregation ● Where Banks and the Public Agree (and Disagree) on CRA ● How to Fight Vacancy? Do It All ● When a CDC Changes Its Mission to Health ● Also: Jobs ● Shelter Shorts ● Resources +
Amanda Abrams, Shelterforce health fellow
Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation in Cleveland finds that being an early adopter of a community health focus means that… Read Full Article
Ian Beniston, Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation
The fight against vacancy in Youngstown, Ohio, shows us that we shouldn’t rely on a single strategy—everything is needed at once. Read Full Article
Shelterforce Staff
Ride Hail Drivers Win Living Wage | NYT Headline Gaff | NJ Police Use-of-Force Exposé | Airbnb as Developer? | And More Quick Takes From Our Editors
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Josh Silver, NCRC
Everyone would like easier exams and easier jobs, and banks are no exception. Despite a CRA exam pass rate of 98 percent, the major thrust of bank comments is that they want easier exams. So how do we make it easier for banks to comply while… Read Full Article
Thomas Silverstein, Lawyers' Committee for Civil Rights Under Law
Though the idea of social housing is gaining traction among advocates and policy experts, the path of least resistance for its production in the U.S. is also the path of the perpetuation of residential racial segregation. Here's how to avoid that. Read Full Article

From Disparities to Discrimination: Getting at the Roots of Food Insecurity | This new report from Children's HealthWatch finds that lifetime experiences of racial and ethnic discrimination are strongly linked to reports of household and child food insecurity and offers recommendations for ending discrimination across areas such as education, employment, housing, healthcare, and the police.

CPC’s New Interactive ‘Green’ Calculator Shows Building Owners Potential Cost Savings from Energy Upgrades | The Community Preservation Corporation (CPC), in partnership with Bright Power Inc., has launched an interactive, online software application that calculates the potential cost savings of energy-efficient upgrades to multifamily buildings. The free tool is called CPC VeriFi and enables building owners to generate an estimate of the economic benefits of incorporating energy and water efficiency features based on a sample scope of work.
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We’re excited to be exploring a hospital-housing partnership w/ @The_BMC. It would be even more exciting if other Boston hospitals joined w/ community developers to do this. —David Price, via Twitter

Hey @Shelterforce! Love this! I took @ridetarc at the same conference back in May & also had a lovely experience. Your article got the teams at @ArtPlaceAmerica & @cpcommunities talking about including transit info in their future event materials. Brava!! —April Green, via Twitter

Thanks Miriam! I usually try to take public transportation when I am on business trips. Get to see the city, who rides transit, and save a few bucks. Reminds me why I do the work I do. —Peter Hainley, more

As the developers and public officials interviewed by Ms. Holmes state (without clarifying), the purpose of the Vacants to Value program is NOT to improve the housing situation in Baltimore, a city where 92,186 households (38.6%) are cost-burdened, thousands of people are homeless on any given day, and the waiting list for subsidized housing is closed. Rather… —Lauren Siegel and Jeff Singer, more
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Equitable Development Policy Analyst InterIm CDA is seeking an individual to lead the organization’s policy, planning, and advocacy efforts to address displacement and housing issues impacting low-income, Asian and Pacific Islander, immigrant, and refugee communities in Seattle’s International District and beyond. This person will bring technical expertise in planning, policy, housing, and… Read Full Listing
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