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The St Louis Contrarian

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St. Louis County Affordable Housing Trust Fund

I just received an email with the initial results of the planning efforts of the proposed Affordable Housing Trust Fund for St. Louis County. I am delighted to see the recommendations which made terrific sense. The group is led by Chris Krehmeyer of Beyond Housing and the Clark-Fox Foundation is providing important support. I am glad they see that moving to communities of opportunity is the most important factor in success. I hope this program can get implemented. Written by Paul Dribin

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Whose Affordable Housing Crisis? — Shelterforce

Being priced out of appreciating neighborhoods is not the housing affordability problem most Americans face. But they are facing one.
— Read on shelterforce.org/2019/02/19/whose-affordable-housing-crisis/

This article is spot on. He makes two key points I have been promoting; the ineffectiveness of the LIHTC program, and the need for a cash assistance program for housing. In addition he makes the point that St. Louis is not rapidly gentrifying. Written by Paul Dribin

McKee problems continue

www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/still-stuck-with-paul-mckee-st-louis-officials-pledge-to/article_b094fe94-42f8-5398-a032-258d646850ae.html

I was a big believer in him and have always like him. A big part of his problem is that he played city politics poorly

New St. Louis urban homesteading program

www.stltoday.com/news/local/metro/st-louis-launches-a-new-homesteading-program-offering-homes-for/article_66f7dd73-6272-52e3-8c9b-32e4caa9303a.html

this is a great idea and needs to be expanded. Why wait for property to be in LRA inventory for five years?

Compromise carved out on state Low Income housing Tax Credits

www.stltoday.com/news/local/govt-and-politics/savings-from-missouri-s-tax-credit-shift-are-not-factoring/article_905f3b1e-5546-5b0f-a50c-bc9aa3b9548f.html

the program is corrupt but we need it

St. Louis Chosen for ‘Healthy Housing’ Initiative | Catholic Charities

St. Louis Chosen for ‘Healthy Housing’ Initiative | Catholic Charities
— Read on www.ccstl.org/st-louis-chosen-for-healthy-housing-initiative/

This is great news. I helped st Patricks get started with hospital-homelessness initiative

Housing Idea 3-Don’t Romanticize the Poor

Poor people have very serious problems, that don’t need exaggeration. I have worked my whole professional life to address the problems of poverty. The progressive left is making a serious mistake by romanticizing the poor.

David Brooks has some excellent words on this subject. He states that conservative exaggerate by saying that all the problems of poverty are caused by the individuals and progressive make the same mistake by blaming all the problems on institutions. The reality is somewhere in the middle.

In managing affordable housing I have seen numerous instances where the low income individuals make poor decisions that are within their control that make their situations worse. These include abusive relationships, not putting emphasis on a good education, and engaging in drugs and crime. Poverty is not an excuse for this behavior. Let’s not romanticize things. Written by Paul Dribin

Ideas About Housing -Too Much Democracy is Bad

Urban Planners talk about the need for community involvement in neighborhood development. That is good. Similarly, public housing residents need to have their ideas included in planning for the future of their developments. Yet, in St. Louis I sometimes think democracy has gone overboard. It seems that everyone no matter how wacky their idea has an equal say in the future of our communities. I certainly see that problem in the failure of the McKee effort to redevelop north St. Louis. People get worn out and nickel and dimed.

My first job with HUD was to insure and improve tenant participation in public housing. In all, participation tended to be low. Poor people participate less in public life less than wealthier people, that is partially why they are poor. More important, they simply lack the time for civic involvement.

A concrete example. The Darst-Webbe Hope VI redevelop[ment required tenant involvement. The remaining few tenants in the failed original project refused to be supportive of a complete demolition and redevelopment. Why? They were selling drugs and didn’t want that activity disrupted. It has always puzzled me why tenants of public housing appear to have more say in the running of their project than other properties. All political theorists have agreed that direct democracy is a poor form of government. They are right. Written by Paul Dribin

This article talks around the vacancy issue

www.stltoday.com/opinion/columnists/st-louis-has-a-plan-for-vacancy/article_039ec2ca-751d-5451-b039-f6f60baa239d.html

what is a chief resiliency officer?

Government Shutdown Hurting Low Income Housing Programs

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Article is from The New York Times

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