Recommended reading for new HUD staff : We have added Dr. Ben Carson to our 50 year civil rights history of HUD, Fifty Years of “The People v. HUD”. Watch the PDF here.or open the
100+ Change: Many social change organizations made pitches to the MacArthur Foundation last year in their $100 million grant competition – looking for “one big idea” that will make a difference. The Foundation has now posted all the proposals online – a fascinating snapshot of what activists and nonprofits are dreaming of doing. We submitted a proposal with the Baltimore Regional Housing Partnership on behalf of our “Mobility Works” technical assistance project to fund new multi-year housing mobility programs in a dozen highly segregated metro areas. We didn’t make the finals, but you can see – and our 90 second video summary here (all the projects were required to submit a 90 second summary of their proposals).
National Forum on the Human Right to Housing , to be held in Washington, D.C., on June 6-7, 2017 – more information here.
Voices of youth in Baltimore, after the uprising : Thanks to a team of sociologists at Johns Hopkins for this moving series of interviews with young people in Baltimore who have high hopes for themselves but often feel abandoned by their city.
Fair housing enforcement still urgently needed: See the National Fair Housing Alliance’s annual Fair Housing Trends report.
Progressive Planning , the long time magazine of the Planners Network, has migrated to a new digital platform as “Progressive City.” The excellent spring issue is available here. (The Planners Network is a 40+ year old association of progressive planners, conceived as an alternative to the mainstream American Planning Association, and originally launched in 1975 by Chester Hartman, who later became PRRAC’s first Executive Director)