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Overton Colton, member and Truxton Trust representative, seated at right, hosted a CRA Consortium 12/9 and invited the Coalition to detail Coalition membership benefits to the CRA officers. Here Tyane Powell and Carla Jarrell, both of Pinnacle Finance Partners, take one more moment with speaker Jim Darter, Cumberland Capital Partners, and Overton.

Doug Demosi, planning director for Rutherford County and president of TAPA, tells the Board of Directors that communication between developers and planners leads to better outcomes. The Board asks that Council members invite their local planners to join the Coalition and attend meetings. Paul Morris, MAAG, agrees!

 

Big News for Memphis - Redevelopment in the Pinch District

https://dailymemphian.com/section/business/article/8835/investor-plans-9...

Webinar reminder:

Housing + Innovation: Lessons from the Ivory Prize

Date: Friday, November 15, 2019
Time: 1 - 5:30 pm
Location: Gund Hall, Piper AuditoriumThis event will also be livestreamed (no registration required). 

Despite robust demand across the country for affordable starter homes and rental units, stringent land-use regulations, high construction costs, and an ongoing shortage of skilled laborers have made it difficult, if not impossible, to profitably produce middle-market housing. 

 

 

Still True All These Years Later

As the country celebrates Labor Day, it’s a time for people in the housing industry to celebrate the role of the American Labor Movement in championing affordable housing and home building. Labor unions became the nonprofit co-sponsors of hundreds of affordable housing developments across the country beginning in the 1920s and were charter members of the National Housing Conference when it was created in 1931. NHC is pleased to reprint an article written for us by labor icon Walter Reuther in our 1954 Annual Housing Yearbook. His message calling for construction of 2 million homes each year to fight a housing affordability crisis resonates as loudly today as it did then - when the U.S. population was a little over 150 million, less than half of what it is today. His prescient views are reprinted below. 

--Ted Chandler, AFL-CIO Housing Investment Trust

 If America is to catch up with its tremendous back log of needed homes and keep pace with the rising demand, we must build about two million new housing units each year. The administrator of the Housing and Home Finance Agency has stated, however, that only about one million homes will be built in 1954. This would be 10 percent below the level of 1953 and 40 percent below our achievement in 1950. (Log in to enjoy the rest on the Resources page.) 

 

Coalition Members at Work

Coalition members attended and presented at the HUD Summit Nashville on August 29. From left, Rebecca Lopez of the Clarksville Housing Authority; Coalition Board member and Summit presenter, Keith Lampkin, Clarksville Housing and Community Development; Coalition Board member Sernorma L. Mitchell, HUD Nashville Field Office Director; and Michael Daniels of the Clarksville Housing Authority review the learning after the meeting.

 

ET Council Welcomed SAFH and THDA

Ann Posnor of Stewards for Affordable Housing for the Future and Joe Speer of THDA brought information and solicited input for their two organizations August 14. The East TN Council was hosted by the Knoxville Area Urban League. Speer's slides are on the Resources page.

Elections saw Melanie Cordell (Tennessee Valley Coalition to End Homelessness) returned as chair, Melissa Duong (First Tennessee) elected as Vice Chair and Mindy Bowman (Eastern Eight) becoming Secretary.  

New Members!

See Resources page to access new potential mentors / partners!

Counseling Certification Countdown

If you offer housing counseling to an agency using HUD funding, you need to be HUD-certified.

The deadline is August 1, 2020. See a list of classes on the Resources page.