REAC / UPCS Training

REAC/UPCS Training
Finally beat REAC…while spending less money!

Becoming a “HIGH PERFORMER” is completely dependent on your
understanding that not all defects were created equal. Stop spending valuable
resources on items that have little or no impact on your score. After spending
only 1 day in our class, you’ll have everything you need to become a “HIGH
PERFORMER”.
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OK Alliance for Economic Inclusion Meeting, August 28, at 8:30 a.m.

The Oklahoma Alliance for Economic Inclusion Meeting Re-Boot is scheduled for August 28, 2019, at the OSU – Tulsa Campus, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.. Click Here to register and see the full agenda. The Alliance for Economic Inclusion works to engage and create pathways for community development, engagement and access to the financial mainstream for Oklahoma communities, neighborhoods and geographies.

OK Alliance for Economic Inclusion Meeting, August 28 at 8:30 a.m.

The Oklahoma Alliance for Economic Inclusion Meeting Re-Boot is scheduled for August 28, 2019, at the OSU – Tulsa Campus, from 8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.. Click Here to register and see the full agenda. The Alliance for Economic Inclusion works to engage and create pathways for community development, engagement and access to the financial mainstream for Oklahoma communities, neighborhoods and geographies.

Promising Health and Housing Collaborations

We are pleased to share the latest research report from the National Housing Conference, "Promising Health and Housing Collaborations."

This report explores three innovative partnerships between health care and housing organizations working to improve health outcomes, lower costs and increase investment in affordable housing.

For example, the Tennessee Creating Homes Initiative receives funding to build and operate housing from a wide variety of sources, including grants from the Tennessee Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services, the Affordable Housing Program run by the Federal Home Loan Banks, HUD programs, Tennessee Housing Development Agency programs, U.S. Department of Agriculture rental assistance programs, the Low Income Housing Tax Credit and donations.

You can read about this initiative as well as the Portland, Oregon Housing is Health Initiative and the Massachusetts Housing and Health Pilot Program by downloading the report from the National Housing Conference website.

View the report

NCHSA Washington Report

From our Friends at NCHSA:
Will Homebuilding Finally Evolve?

In this “saga of failed disruption” published last spring by the American Enterprise Institute, authors Lynn Fisher (now a senior advisor at the Federal Housing Finance Agency) and Scott Ganz tell an interesting tale of various efforts since the 1940s by “influential groups of architects, innovators, and policymakers” to improve housing affordability through construction innovation. That mostly unsuccessful history makes them skeptical that “factory production can meaningfully increase the affordability of traditional US housing.” Besides, they argue, the very things that stymie easy disruption in homebuilding — wide-ranging flexibility and customization — tend to make consumers happy.

Nevertheless, Fisher and Ganz commend the demonstrable cost savings achievable through the very standardized (and lightly regulated) manufactured housing process. And they hold out a glimmer of hope that dramatic disruptions in “the process and the product,” such as mass 3-D printing, may still yet emerge and scale.

How Gentrification Affects Original Residents
The growing realization that the revival of many American cities has tended to mostly benefit the affluent has given rise to a new wave of scholarship on gentrification. An eye-opening new paper by Quentin Brummet of the University of Chicago and Davin Reed of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia looks at what happens to the “original” neighborhood residents.

Assessing outcomes across hundreds of urban neighborhoods, the researchers find that “many original residents, including the most disadvantaged, are able to remain in gentrifying neighborhoods and share in any neighborhood improvements … and low-income neighborhoods that gentrify appear to improve along a number of dimensions known to be correlated with opportunity.” As for those who leave, voluntarily or through displacement pressures, the paper suggests “movers are not made observably worse off, and high baseline mobility means that almost all of neighborhood demographic change is explained by changes to in-migration, not direct displacement.”

Demographics and Destiny for the Republicans and Democrats
The Brookings Institution has published a report by leading demographers Bill Frey, Ruy Teixeira, and Robert Griffin rich with insights for partisans on both sides for the 2020 election cycle and beyond. They note that “white Millennial and Generation Z voters, in particular, will develop a large presence in the Republican coalition and, combined with nonwhites, will give the GOP a new look in all states — even slow-growing ones such as Wisconsin and Ohio.” Meanwhile, black voters will make up a larger share of the Democratic coalition than white noncollege voters by 2036.

Noting that in 2016 the two parties “were more divided by age, race, and education than in any prior election in modern political history,” the report suggests that “most of the effect of demographic change on future party coalitions is already baked in and will reshape party coalitions — in a sense, whether these parties like it or not.”

Stockton Williams | Executive Director

REAC / UPCS Training

REAC/UPCS Training
Finally beat REAC…while spending less money!
Becoming a “HIGH PERFORMER” is completely dependent on your
understanding that not all defects were created equal. Stop spending valuable
resources on items that have little or no impact on your score. After spending
only 1 day in our class, you’ll have everything you need to become a “HIGH
PERFORMER”.

Register Here

For more information.. Click Here

AHCIA Provisions

The Affordable Housing Credit Improvement Act of 2019 (AHCIA) was reintroduced in both the Senate (S. 1703) and the House (H.R. 3077) on June 4. AHCIA would make significant strides towards addressing our nation’s severe shortage of affordable housing by expanding and strengthening the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit (Housing Credit), our nation’s most successful tool for encouraging private investment in the production and preservation of affordable rental housing.

The identical Senate and House bills contain more than two dozen provisions that draw on the expertise of many practitioners, developers, and Housing Credit advocates, and have the consensus support of the broad affordable housing industry that the ACTION Campaign represents. The bill has already received wide bipartisan support in Congress, and in particular from members of the House and Senate tax-writing committees. AHCIA would increase Housing Credit authority by 50 percent, taking a meaningful step towards addressing our nation’s vast and growing affordable housing needs. This legislation would also strengthen the Housing Credit by providing states with additional flexibility, making the financing of affordable housing more predictable and streamlined, facilitating Housing Credit development in challenging markets like rural and Native American communities, increasing the Housing Credit’s ability to serve extremely low-income tenants, and supporting the preservation of existing affordable housing. The legislation also contains important provisions that would support development of rental homes using the Housing Credit coupled with multifamily Housing Bonds, which currently provide critical financing to roughly 40 percent of Housing Credit apartments. In total, it is estimated that AHCIA would increase the supply of affordable rental housing by more than half a million units over 10 years.

To help advocates understand each important provision in the bill, ACTION created a new series of short videos covering each of the provisions in AHCIA.

In these ACTION videos, Sarah Brundage, Senior Director of Public Policy at Enterprise, and Jennifer Schwartz, Director of Tax and Housing Advocacy at the National Council of State Housing Agencies (NCSHA), provide an overview of each of the provisions, explaining the background and what that provision would do. Please watch and share these new ACTION resources!