Community Developments: New Handbook on Homeownership Opportunities for Native American Communities
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- Earlier today, Enterprise CEO Terri Ludwig joined leaders from the Center for Indian Country Development at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis and other organizations to debut a new resource guide, “Tribal Leaders Handbook on Homeownership.” This handbook aims to increase homeownership opportunities for Native American communities by helping tribes understand the importance of homeownership in their communities, as well as demystifying complex systems and identifying the players involved in the mortgage lending process. Learn more about the release of the new handbook.
- A blog post by the Joint Center for Housing Studies (JCHS) highlights four papers that look at the connections between housing, education, and persisting patterns of segregation. Originally presented at the April 2017 symposium A Shared Future: Fostering Communities of Inclusion in an Era of Inequality, these papers discuss policies that simultaneously address housing and school segregation in ways that could foster more inclusive outcomes. These policies include decoupling property taxes from local schools to ensure more equitable funding across districts and creating more standardized methods of school assessment to disrupt the word-of-mouth school selection process that leads to a “self-fulfilling prophecy that is leading to racial resegregation.” (JCHS, July 9) Enterprise has also explored these dynamics in our report “Creating Equitable Student Outcomes: How Housing and Education Policy are Intertwined.”
- An article in U.S. News and World Report looks at Chicago's Micro Market Recovery Program (MMRP), which transforms abandoned, dilapidated buildings into affordable homes for renters and first-time homebuyers. Using funds from HUD's Neighborhood Stabilization Program, the MMRC program has utilized nearly 1,000 vacant buildings to create housing opportunities and has helped more than 400 families receive financial assistance to keep their homes since 2011. (July 9, US News & World Report)
- Yesterday, the Denver City Council approved a $1 million voucher pilot program that will subsidize rents for 125 households with the goal of mitigating the displacement of low- and middle-income families. The city is seeking corporate partners to contribute funds in exchange for the participation of their workers, and qualified households will receive up to two years of rent subsidies to ensure they pay no more than 35 percent of their monthly income toward housing costs. (The Denver Post, July 10)
In Case You Missed It
- Yesterday, the National Housing Trust (NHT)—in partnership with Enterprise Community Partners and People's Action—officially launched a dedicated website for the Where Will We Live campaign, an effort that aims to elevate housing issues at the federal, state and local level. The campaign captures compelling narratives that highlight how affordable housing directly improves the lives of low-income families, as well as brings together with a wide array of groups that can help amplify affordable housing as a platform issue in combination with other high-profile issues.