Your Five Top Reads for April
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1. Housing Belongs in the 2020 Presidential Election
At Enterprise, we believe in putting people and the communities where they live first – and that their needs should be central to every presidential candidate's campaign. Enterprise Community Partners President Laurel Blatchford breaks down where housing currently stands among voters, what to expect from Enterprise leading up to November 2020 and how you can get engaged.
2. National Home and Health Survey Results Show Tough Tradeoffs
No one should have to choose between their home and their family's health. But a first-of-its-kind national survey of renters and medical professionals, released by Enterprise, underscores the daily struggles of families compelled to put making rent over maintaining their health. The survey results show renters – especially people who pay a significant portion of their income toward rent – often delay regular medical visits and forego treatment plans.
3. Defining Gentrification and Framing the Research
How researchers measure neighborhood change influences their findings about which places experience the most or the least gentrification – and it has real ramifications for people and communities. Senior Research Analyst Rachel B. Drew helps us interpret and compare the latest findings.
4. HUD Charges Facebook for Violating Fair Housing Law
Social media brings us together – but some of its ads may be doing more harm than good. The federal Fair Housing Act prohibits discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, disability, familial status, and national origin. HUD has announced charges against the social media giant for violating this law by encouraging, enabling and causing housing discrimination through Facebook's advertising platform.
5. The Latest Wave of Opportunity Zones Updates
After months of little to no news on Opportunity Zones (OZs), there has been a flurry of recent federal activity. Updates include a second round of proposed OZ guidance, several major developments from the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council, a HUD overview and request for input, and more.