Your May 2020 Top Updates
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1. The Latest Covid-19 Relief Funding Updates
House Passes $3 Trillion Covid-19 Relief Legislation
The Health and Economic Recovery Omnibus Emergency Solutions Act (HEROES Act) includes funding for a wide range of programs, including critical investments in affordable housing and community development. Notably, the HEROES Act includes $100 billion for the Emergency Rental Assistance program and extends CARES Act eviction moratoria for an additional year.
New Enterprise Program Raises Nearly $6 Million to Protect Residents
Our Emergency Action for Resident and Partner Stability program is moving swiftly to ensure that people with low income can remain in their homes and access support during this crisis. The new program will offer nonprofit community partners emergency grants, guidance and support. We're grateful to the Wells Fargo Foundation, Ballmer Group and Center for Disaster Philanthropy for making it possible to begin distributing funds quickly.
Video: Brian Rahmer proposes a new, more equitable way forward in the face of Covid-19.
2. Hurricane Season Prep Plus More Webinars, Videos and Other Resources
We know that so many of the conferences on your calendar are now on hold. Check out our recent and upcoming webinars and virtual events.
- June 1: Hurricane Season 2020: How to Mitigate Mold and Health-Related Hazards
- June 4: Keeping Chicago's Immigrant Community Housed and Safe in a Time of Crisis
- Recording: How Communities Can Use CDBG Funds to Address Covid-19
- Recording: Economic Resilience During Covid-19 and Beyond
- Recording: How to Keep Homes and Communities Safe From Earthquakes
- Recording: Covid-19: What's in the CARES Act, and What's Next
- Recording: USDA Rural Development Housing and 515 Transfers - Colorado Rural Housing Preservation Academy
3. New Report Examines Changes in Racial Composition of Gentrified Neighborhoods
How we measure and define gentrification can lead to different findings about its consequences. Such inconsistencies can make effective policymaking difficult. But a new report by Rachel Drew finds a common thread among three different definitions of gentrification: changes in the racial makeup of gentrified neighborhoods.
4. How to Get Started With Healing-Centered Community Engagement
In light of current social distancing guidelines, the way we conduct community engagement matters more than ever. You don't need extensive training or a background in healing justice or trauma-informed engagement to integrate healing-centered practices into your strategies for facilitation and connection with community members. Nella Young shares strategies you can start using right away.
5. Bringing Affordable Senior Housing to Vermont's Rural Islands
Two community organizations are innovating to address infrastructure limitations and create an affordable home for seniors with few options. The 7,000 residents of Vermont's Champlain Islands live far from essential services – often in homes that are no longer safe for aging adults. A Section 4 Capacity Building Grant through Enterprise provided critical predevelopment funding.