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"To help grow affordable housing stock, city leaders are revamping their tax abatement strategy. Under the plan, Columbus’ 12 community reinvestment areas, or CRAs, will be split into three tiers. Developers' tax breaks in neighborhoods from the highest tier will carry greater requirements for affordable housing."
Practice Area:  Preserve
Hot issue: Affordable
Keywords:  Municipal incentives
Posted:  July 18, 2018
"Carson stressed the value of partnerships with organizations like Family Promise and other faith-based groups over traditional programs like rental subsidies known as Section 8."
Practice Area:  Advocate
Hot issue:  HUD Housing policy
Keywords:  affordable, faith based 
Posted:  July 18, 2018
"Will baby boomers turn into party poopers when they unload their homes in large numbers starting in the next decade? Could they create an indigestible oversupply in the market that lowers home prices and frustrates sales? That’s a sobering scenario outlined by two new, provocative studies."
Practice Area:  News
Hot issue: Affordable
Keywords:  Demographics, homeownership
Posted:  July 18, 2018

Studies focus on cities with high percentage of Millennials and high rent, home price profiles. Prolly not most of Ohio (except maybe Columbus).
Practice Area:  News
Hot issue: Affordable
Keywords:  Demographics, homeownership
Posted:  July 18, 2018

"It’s hard to see money just sitting there in the bank barely earning any interest. But your emergency pot is there for a purpose. You always need a rainy-day fund, because it always rains. It could be a drizzle or a severe downpour."
Practice Area: Stabilize
Hot issue: Rainy day
Keywords:  financial literacy
Posted:  July 18, 2018

July 16, 2018, Toledo Blade. "Speakers to discuss importance of voting"
Do you know about the Freedom School model of social practice? It would be a way to tip-toe into community engagement?
Practice Area:  Tradecraft
Hot issue:  Freedom School
Keywords:  civic engagement, VREM
Posted:  July 18, 2018

"...Emily Leite with the Ohio Credit Union League said they’re exempted from the bill because they already work under a different section of code. Leity added that strong consumer protections create a positive ripple effect."
Practice Area:  Stabilize
Hot issue:  financial education
Keywords:  credit unions
Posted:  July 17, 2018

Households could be misled into believing that good times are here again. From the article "Regardless, there is plenty of evidence that workers have yet to receive their fair share of this most recent expansion — or even the previous one. Since the century’s start, labor’s share of the nation’s income has sunk to the lowest levels in decades." Moral of the story is: believe your wallet, not the "news".
Practice Area: Stabilize
Hot issue: financial literacy
Posted:  July 17, 2018

" 'There are two basic kinds of discrimination, lawful and unlawful," said Kevin Quisenberry, a Pittsburgh-based attorney with the Community Justice Project. In the context of housing, it is unlawful to discriminate against members of "protected classes.' There are 12 protected classes in the City of Pittsburgh, including characteristics like race, disability and familial status. 'Criminal history background screening, which may not be intended to discriminate on the basis of race or other protected characteristics, nevertheless may be unlawful,' Quisenberry said.
Practice Area: Inclusion, Stabilize, Choose
Hot issue: Re-entry
Keywords:  discrimination
Posted:  July 16, 2018

Credit the activists who never took no for an answer. "True, as the Anglo-Irish statesman Edmund Burke told constituents in the 1700s, a legislator must use his or her judgment in deciding issues rather than just be a loudspeaker for the opinions of the folks back home. But as to payday lending, Ohio's folks back home didn't just sound off. They voted. "
Practice Area: Advocate, Stabilize
Hot issue: Payday lending
Keywords:  Ohio General Assembly, civic engagement
Posted:  July 16, 2018

"It would also add sexual orientation and gender identification to the list of classes protected against discrimination for employment, housing and public accommodations. If passed, Cuyahoga County would join about 30 Ohio cities and counties that offer those protections for the LGBTQ community; state law does not."
Practice Area: Advocate, Choose
Hot issue: 
Keywords:  LGBT, Discrimination,
Posted:  July 15, 2018

July 9, 2018. Journalist's Resource. "Door-to-door canvassing campaigns can sway voter decisions"
"Door-to-door canvassing campaigns actually work to persuade voters and sway national election outcomes – even when they don’t encourage more people to show up to the polls, according to a June 2018 article published in American Economic Review." Caveat: Based on French campaign.  
Practice Area: Tradecraft
Hot issue: Civic Engagement
Keywords:  Relationships
Posted:  July 16, 2018

"A new study out of Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health found that high temperatures are linked to cognitive impairments, even in resilient populations."
Practice Area: Stabilize
Hot issue:  Staying Cool
Keywords:  healthy homes, 
Posted:  July 16, 2018

"More than 600 public housing agencies comprising 228,000 housing units already comply with the rule, but now the rest – some 940,000 housing units – will have to follow suit. People who smoke are allowed to rent public housing units, and they do not need to quit smoking to live there. They are just not allowed to smoke within the restricted areas."
Practice Area: Stabilize
Hot issue:  Healthy Homes
Keywords:  Smoking, public housing
Posted:  July 16. 2018

"Salt Lake City’s approach followed a strategy that many practitioners in the field advocated for called “housing first.” While many homelessness programs required individuals to get sober or clear other benchmarks before getting housed, housing first puts homeless people in homes and then gets them the treatment and case management they need once they are housed. In addition to housing first, Salt Lake City built housing in good neighborhoods. While some cities have built their transitionary housing in urban neighborhoods where homelessness is already rampant, Salt Lake City elected to put their housing on the edge of town so that people experiencing chronic homelessness would not fall into the same patterns that led them to homelessness initially."
Practice Area: Advocacy
Hot issue:  Affordable
Keywords:  Homeless, transitional, housing first
Posted:  July 16, 2018

"More than half — 53 percent — of D.C. residents receiving federal rental assistance are elderly or disabled, according to data compiled by the nonpartisan Center on Budget and Policy Priorities. Even if their rents go up, most of these individuals are physically unable to work, said Claire Zippel of the D.C. Fiscal Policy Institute. As for non-elderly, non-disabled Americans who receive rental assistance, many are already working — a statistic that holds true both for the District and the nation."
The policy path is marked by ideology, not charity.
Practice Area: Advocate
Hot issue: HUD Rent
Keywords: Federal Housing policy, Dr. Ben Carson,
Posted: July 14, 2018

"A decade on big U.S. banks are still running down and selling off crisis-era mortgages, a process executives point to as weighing on loan growth. Eager to see a turning point in loan books, analysts count these portfolios as one factor, along with home equity loan runoff and new mortgage demand, to watch for when deciphering the true loan growth picture as U.S. second-quarter bank earnings start on Friday."
Practice Area: News
Hot issue: Affordable
Keywords: Demographics, Homeownership
Posted: July 14, 2018

More than you wanted to know about Smoke detectors...but not more than you need to know when you're standing in Home Depot or Lowes. From the article "Green and healthy homes need photoelectric smoke detectors."
Practice Area: Stabilize
Hot issue: Fire Safety
Keywords: Fire, Smoke detector,
Posted: July 14, 2018

No Ohio Metros were included in the home purchase and affordability study.
Practice Area:  News
Hot issue:  Affordable 
Keywords:  home ownership
Posted:  July 13, 2018
Thanks to: Curbed

Update on the current news from the renter nation. From the article "But tenants’ rights has been a tougher sell, according to Preston, because by making it harder to evict, it takes away some of the power of landlords. The 'elephant in the room' is the powerful landlord and real estate lobby. 'There’s a willingness to talk more about the housing, but only by talking about solutions that don’t challenge real estate and profits...' 
Practice Area:  Advocacy
Hot issue:  Renter Nation
Keywords:  Rent control, state pre-emption, FIRED
Posted:  July 13, 2018

"The bill limits payday loans interest rates to 28 percent. Interest rates have no limit today because payday lenders skirted interest rate requirements from 2008 and register under a part of Ohio law that doesn’t cap interest or fees. The Pew Charitable Trusts says Ohio's average interest rate is the nation’s highest at 591 percent, a figure the industry disputes.  So who wins and who loses under the new restrictions? Read on for a list."
Practice Area: Stabilize, Advocate
Hot issue:  Payday lending
Keywords:  financial
Posted:  July 13, 2018

RHINOs-now's the time to remind your renter participants that their flush of affluence is gone and its time to count pennies again. This *could* pay off in fewer calls for emergency assistance later in the year. Maybe fewer trips to the eviction court or midnight move outs.
Practice Area: Stabilize
Hot issue: 
Keywords:  financial
Posted:  July 13, 2018

July 13, 2018, NextCity. "Chan-Zuckerberg Initiative Throws Weight Behind Affordable Housing
Is anyone else uneasy about mega billionaires promoting a tax supported initiative for affordable housing? Keep in mind that the Chan-Zukerberg Initiative is a for profit subsidary of Facebook.
Practice Area: Advocate
Hot issue: Affordable
Keywords:  Facebook, Zuckerberg
Posted:  July 13, 2018

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Cleveland Plain Dealer
Columbus Dispatch (when not blocked with a paywall) local and local business
Cincinnati Enquirer
Youngstown Vindicator
Toledo Blade -- Business and Politics
Ashtabula Star Beacon
Pittsburgh Tribune Review
Pittsburgh Post Gazette
Washington Post and Wonkblog
Politico Morning Money, The Huddle, Playbook
New York Times

A couple times a week
National Low Income Housing Coalition
Housing Perspectives (JCHS)
Center for Budget and Policy Priorities
Rooflines (Shelterforce)
Daily Yonder

At least once a week
Belt magazine
Stanford Social Innovation Review
Voices for Civil Justice
Cleveland Scene
Columbus Free Press
Cincinnati City Paper
New York Times--Your Money, Dealbook, Emily Badger

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Housing Law List
Housing Justice Network
National Housing Law Project
National Housing Trust/Preservation Network


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