November 2, 2018

Undesign the Redline Exhibit, California’s Propositions 1 & 2

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  • At an opening event at the Albert and Tina Small Center for Collaborative Design, Enterprise and Designing the WE yesterday launched the Undesign the Redline New Orleans exhibit. This interactive exhibit, which has already visited Baltimore, Cleveland, Columbia, Maryland, New York City, and Washington, D.C., connects the intentional and systematic racial housing segregation of the 1930s to political and social issues of today. It uses powerful narratives of people and communities, maps and other documentation – all tailored to the city where the exhibit is appearing – to trace the enormous role that race played in determining where people were allowed to live, including how “redlining” created segregation and disinvestment in communities that continue to persist to this day. In New Orleans, Undesign the Redline will run through February 2019. It next opens in Denver on November 15. Learn more about the exhibit on our website
     
  • In an op-ed, San Francisco Mayor London Breed urges voters to approve California’s Propositions 1 and 2, two ballot measures that would create affordable housing opportunities for families, veterans, people with disabilities and those experiencing homelessness. Mayor Breed notes that Proposition 1, which would authorize a $4 billion bond issuance for affordable housing, is expected to fund at least 50,000 affordable housing units, create 137,000 jobs and inject $23.4 billion into California’s economy. She also points out that Proposition 2, which would authorize an additional $2 billion that would be repaid using existing funds generated from the Mental Health Services Act, is projected to create up to 20,000 permanent supportive housing units that would be paired with mental health, substance use and medical care. (The San Francisco Chronicle, November 1) Enterprise urges California voters, whether they intend to vote via mail-in ballot, at early voting sites or in the voting booth on Election Day, to vote yes on Propositions 1 and 2 to help the state address its biggest affordability challenges.
     
  • According to the Labor Department, the U.S. economy added 250,000 jobs in October, which marked the 97th consecutive month of job growth, and the unemployment rate remained at 3.7 percent, the lowest rate since 1969. The labor force participation rate – the share of adults who are working or actively looking for work – increased slightly to 62.9 percent, and average earnings rose 3.1 percent year-over-year. Citing a recently released report, which shows that more than a quarter of Americans do not earn enough to cover basic expenses, the New York Times argues that low wages in many sectors have contributed to financial instability. (The New York Times, October 5)
     
  • The New York City Department of Housing Preservation and Development (HPD) has launched a pilot program that will support the development of affordable, co-living housing, in which renters have their own rooms but share common spaces like kitchens. According to Curbed New York, the program will seek proposals for co-living housing on private sites, and most of the units will have bedrooms that range in size from 150 to 400 square feet, with both private and shared bathrooms and common kitchens. (Curbed New York, November 1) HPD has released a Request for Information (RFI) and an Expressions of Interest (RFEI) inviting interested parties to submit information about shared housing and developers to submit proposals for new housing typologies, which must include shared housing units and be substantially affordable. 

Upcoming Events

  • On Thursday, November 15, Enterprise will hold a webinar to discuss the newly released Opportunity360 – Listen: The Community Engagement Toolkit, an online tool that brings together more than 40 resources to enable effective community engagement. This webinar will feature a panel of experts and practitioners from across the country who specialize in community development. Register here for the webinar
     
  • On Tuesday, November 27, Enterprise New York, in partnership with the Fair Housing Justice Center and with support from the JPMorgan Chase Foundation, is hosting the Regional Affordable and Fair Housing Summit. This full-day convening will feature a keynote address by Isabel Wilkerson, the author of The Warmth of Other Suns: The Epic Story of America’s Great Migration, as well as a discussion on the Affordable and Fair Housing Roundtable’s policy platform. The summit will be held at the CUNY Graduate Center. Register here for the summit.     

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