Your Top Five Reads for September
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1. Building Blocks Podcast: Healthy Solutions for Affordable Housing
Through initiatives like Health Begins With Home, Enterprise has a unique opportunity to collaborate with anchor institutions and major employers – like health systems – and leverage resources to build healthy housing. On the latest episode of the Building Blocks Podcast, Laurel Blatchford and Dr. Megan Sandel examine efforts to address resident and community health as a priority in the development and preservation of affordable homes for families and individuals nationwide.
2. 20+ Resources to Create a Multifamily Natural Disaster Preparedness Plan
September is National Preparedness Month. As we're all too aware, disaster can strike anytime, anywhere. Having the right plan in place before a disaster will ensure an effective, coordinated response. We've rounded up a collection of our top resources, including forms and printables, to help you create an emergency preparedness plan and prepare your community as much as possible – all absolutely free of charge.
3. Does the Definition of Gentrification Matter?
Ask someone the definition of "gentrification," and you are likely to hear something about changing neighborhoods, increased development, rising housing costs and displacement of longtime residents. What you will not hear, though, is the same answer twice. Our Policy Development & Research team examines the issues around measuring and defining gentrification. They've also developed an interactive Gentrification Comparison Tool.
4. A Path to Opportunity for Rosebud Indian Reservation
More than half the population of the Rosebud Indian Reservation in South Dakota lives at or below 30 percent of area median income, and the reservation has a shortage of more than 500 homes. But that shortage is soon to change. Enterprise Rose Fellow Alicia Ginsberg is working with the community to support a new 590-acre resilient, sustainable development that will bring mixed-income homes, retail, offices and cultural space to residents.
5. Few Surprises in Treasury and HUD's Housing Finance Reform Plans
Both plans have potentially negative implications for housing affordability and access to mortgage credit for homeowners, rental housing and support to historically underserved people and places. While many of the details are yet to be determined, one provision that would be very detrimental to communities of color in particular is the replacement of affordable housing goals with a fee that wouldn't provide adequate support. We continue to closely monitor housing finance reform efforts.