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
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 email@example.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
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.