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2017 Priorities & Workplan

The members have spoken, this is where RHINO is heading

 Summary of priorities
Tenants  & Advocates: Priorities

ReEntry housing rights
Tenant screening and blacklisting,
Eviction reform: pay to stay
Rental subsidies: more funding for HCV, renter tax credits,
HUD troubled properties/enforcement

Tenants & Advocates:  Issues worth Watching
Utility reselling regulation
Federal tax reform: low income housing tax credits, renters tax credit, NHTF, carbon tax with utility offsets
Lead safe housing state and local
Source of Income and LGBT protections in local and state law.
Nuisance codes, banning policies, surveillance and private police abuse
Tenants' rights to organize

Inclusion Partner Issue Priorities 
Civil rights & Fair Housing news
ReEntry toolkit
Social integration strategies 
FH rights: defend &, promote
Inclusion toolkit

Provider Issue Priorities
Homesearch and re entry
Financial stability for households
FH rights: defend, promote and Reasonable accommodation and modification
Home health & safety (two voters asked for more content on mold)
Small scale affordable housing development

All Members Priorities
Expand legal representation
HUD news from the new administration
Outreach to new renters--millennials, empty nesters, displaced homeowners
Respond to Rental rights questions
Tenant and Community organizing materials

Motto for 2017
Whether I rent or own, where I live is my home.

Who would you like to see interviewed in rhino!Up Voters said:
  • @cindymilstein (someone send me more info?)
  • City mayors, HUD leaders 
  • Darlene English of the Housing Research & Advocacy Center, Cleveland, OH
  • Different members - everyone is important (any volunteers?)
  • Joe M. and Spencer W.  the offer is out there for each of us to interview the other.
  • Michelle O'Bama  Who's got the phone number or email address?
  • Unsure at the moment When you think of it, send email to communitymanager@rhinohio.com
Should RHINO add a lead poisoning prevention weekly update? 
11 -- No
11 -- Yes

Which of these advocacy techniques do you use?
  • 13 -- contact elected officials
  • 5 -- voter registration, education, mobilization
  • 13 -- research and reporting
  • 6 -- tenant & community organizing
  • 8 -- provide comments on regulations
  • 5 -- create advocacy media (Op/ED, other)
  • 5 -- direct action: demonstrations/protests/press conferences/other "earned" media
What did RHINO forget to ask?  Members wrote:
  • Got Coffee? Always at hand
  • I guess there isn't much else that you can ask, since our potential is limited with a Republican administration. Entitlement, etc. Joe Hill said "Don't Mourn, Organize."
  • Mold! Mold! Mold!
  • Toxic mold laws
 
 Work Plan for 2017
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1. Reorganize the "Advocate" webpage to reflect new issue priorities and "watching" issues. Weekly updates and rhino!UP topics will focus on priority issues identified by members. 
  • ReEntry housing rights. Local initiatives? Monitor Federal Policy but.... 
  • Tenant screening and blacklisting. Share your stories!
  • Eviction reform: pay to stay. Need local research. Maybe set up a work group?  OPLC Housing Task Force is interested but not fully engaged.
  • Rental subsidies: more funding for HCV, renter tax credits. Need to watch Federal appropriations, enforcement policies, and tax reform 
  • HUD troubled properties/enforcement. Protect tenants rights and avoid mass voucherization. Encourage local initiatives like receivership when HUD fails to act.
  • Civil rights & Fair Housing news and FH rights: defend &, promote. Fight off efforts to weaken existing laws; support efforts to maintain enforcement efforts in the face of spending cuts and regulatory restrictions.
  • Expand legal representation. Expand use of Pro bono; urge Legal Services to lobby for expansion of eviction representation (they need to take the lead); expansion of pro se defenses and use of eviction navigators; attract the private bar to housing issues like retaliation defense, personal injury, harassment.
  • HUD news from the new administration. A laugh a minute, right? The good news is....
2. Work on "Watching" issues to other networks and members. Form workgroups where there is interest.
  • Utility reselling regulation--Work through OPLC Housing Task Force, Ohio Consumers Counsel, and attorney Mark Whitt.
  • Federal tax reform: low income housing tax credits, renters tax credit, NHTF, carbon tax with utility offsets-see above: Rental Subsidies.
  • Lead safe housing state and local--Work through OPLC Housing Task force, Ohio Healthy Homes Coalition, Cleveland Lead Safe Network. Form RHINO workgroup on Lead Safe Housing/Lead issues?
  • Source of Income and LGBT protections in local and state law. Not clear who will take the lead on these issues. 
  • Nuisance codes, banning policies, surveillance and private police abuse OPLC Housing Task Force has been helpful.
  • Tenants' rights to organize Not clear who will take the lead on this.
  • Add Mold as a "watching" issue. 
3. Expand on line content around "tool box" priorities. Build content at Inclusion Communities website.
  • ReEntry toolkit
  • Social integration strategies & Inclusion toolkit
  • Homesearch
  • Financial Stability for households
  • Home Health and Safety
  • Small scale affordable housing development
4. Develop strategies for implementing activity priorities:
  • Outreach to new renters--millennials, empty nesters, displaced homeowners. HUM...Thinking...what are your suggestions?
  • Respond to Rental rights questions. Expand content at Solving Rental Problems.  Expand content on mold.  
  • Tenant and Community organizing materials. Reorganize Organize and Tradecraft webpages to make it easy to browse and find info.
5. RHINO Community Manager interests/activities
  • Civic Engagement will show up in rhino!UP articles and content at Inclusive Communities.
  • Work with Cleveland Lead Safe Network. CM may ask RHINO members to permit him to be designated as RHINO organizational member.
  • Writing on housing and community development topics for NPQ. Maybe expand to other publications.
  • Promoting networking locally and statewide-"we're all still working in silos bounded by face-to-face contacts"
  • Telling our stories. Advocates in Ohio continue to do a piss poor job of communicating outside their advocacy bubbles. 
6. Potential work groups
  • Eviction Reform
  • Utility Reselling (revive old group)
  • Lead safe housing
  • Fair housing reforms







 Notes & Links 



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Spencer Wells,
Dec 23, 2016, 8:26 AM
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