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Environmental Studies

Building Stronger Communities with Fair and Affordable Housing

Story posted September 28, 2011

Event date(s): September 28, 2011 — October 19, 2011

From Downtown to Downeast: Fostering Community Voices for Fair and Affordable Housing
Featuring: Ben Beach ’97, Elise Selinger ‘10 and  Ian Yaffe ‘09
Moderator, Professor Craig McEwen, Sociology
Monday, October 17, 4:00 pm
Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union

Using the example of a low-income Latino immigrant neighborhood in Los Angeles where he worked for nearly a decade, Ben Beach ’97, attorney and Director of the Community Benefits Law Center, illuminates the power of campaigns for “community benefits,” including efforts to win standards that create affordable housing as a part of local economic development. Elise Selinger ’10, Associate at the Urban Homesteading Assistance Board (UHAB) in New York City, illustrates how this organization preserves affordable housing and promotes self-sufficiency through a system in which low-income residents collectively own and democratically govern limited-equity housing cooperatives. Ian Yaffe '09, Executive Director of Mano en Mano/Hand in Hand (a nonprofit in Milbridge, Maine) highlights the importance of partnerships and community relations - especially in controversial projects - and the challenges of serving sub-sectors of the general population where the majority of residents can't afford basic rent.