States Become More Involved in Local Housing Issues
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- A blog post by The Pew Charitable Trusts points out that states are getting more involved in housing issues that used to be just local government affairs with the goal of addressing the affordability challenge. The post cites examples from across the country, including the passage of a package of state housing bills in California that imposed real estate transaction fees to generate funds for affordable housing, streamlined the development approval process, and put a $4 billion bond on the 2018 ballot to help subsidize affordable housing. It also notes that lawmakers in Massachusetts, New Jersey and South Carolina have introduced bills that would encourage local jurisdictions to reduce zoning restrictions or mandate the adoption of inclusionary zoning policies to require developers to set aside affordable housing units. (Route Fifty, October 15)
- Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf has announced a $9 million pilot program that will offer financial and legal assistance to low-income families at risk of homelessness. Keep Oakland Housed, which will focus solely on residents at risk of losing their current housing, will offer up to $7,000 to qualified tenants who need financial assistance as well as legal representation for those facing eviction lawsuits. The program will run through 2022. (The San Francisco Chronicle, October 15)
- Today HUD announced the launch of “Humans of HUD,” a photoblog dedicated to documenting the journeys of people who benefit from the agency’s programs and services. This photoblog features a collection of portraits and interviews that aims to create a window into the lives of America’s most vulnerable populations. The series will be featured regularly on HUD’s social media outlets and archived on HUD.gov/HumansofHUD. Individuals interested in sharing their story can submit it to HumansofHUD@hud.gov. (HUD, October 16)
- On Wednesday October 31, Enterprise Community Partners will hold a webinar on "Creative Placemaking: Filling the Void Between Development and Artists." This webinar will discuss with Kaziah Haviland, director of design and planning at Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation, and Lea Oxenhandler, Rose architectural fellow at People's Emergency Center, how they were able to bridge the connection between development and artists through identifying resources and making the case for including the work in the budget. Register here for the webinar.
In Case You Missed It
- In a short video, Enterprise’s Rachel Drew, senior research analyst, offers a summary of her recently released paper, Gentrification: Framing Our Perceptions. This paper looks at issues around defining and measuring gentrification and their implications for policymaking. It includes a letter from Enterprise Community Partners’ President Laurel Blatchford, who notes that “this work is a first step in a larger effort by Enterprise’s Policy Development and Research team to better understand gentrification and its implications for policy…Future reports will also review the intersections of gentrification and education policy – specifically, how each impact the other, and with what results.” Learn more about this paper in our recent blog post.