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Inclusion Partners

IP is an on line community for Public officials, Community planners, Special needs housing providers or Community stakeholders with an interest in fair and affordable rental housing

IP weekly updates focus on:
  • New and innovative use of housing development and fair housing resources and regulations
  • Impacts of gas and oil exploration on local rental housing market
Preview of this week's Update
Should Age-Restricted Communities Be Exempt From Civil Rights Laws?  Do communities that can legally exclude people younger than 55 years of age serve the long-term interests of seniors and local governments? At a presentation on May 7, 2013, hosted by HUD’s Office of Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, Professor Mark D. Bauer of Stetson University College of Law argued that these communities, although possibly beneficial for younger seniors, are an extremely poor fit for the needs of older seniors.

If you are planning housing & CD programs for rural communities, you may be interested in this resource
Rural Poverty Issues:  Low-income families in rural communities face unique challenges as they work to achieve financial security. Yet there is still significant debate over the causes of rural poverty and the role that geographical location plays in perpetuating these hardships. The latest U.S. Census Bureau figures show that 15.1 percent of rural Americans are living in poverty – a rate higher than the national average, which stands at 13.2 percent. Effectively addressing this issue therefore remains a critical component to the overall fight against poverty. This section gathers key research, news and opinion on rural poverty by experts on the issue, policy-makers and the media.

Not Welfare Queens!
Center for Budget and Policy Priorities:  Most Rental Assistance Recipients Work, Are Elderly, or Have Disabilities:  As administrators of federal rental assistance programs face strained resources and mounting needs for affordable housing, it’s reasonable to consider whether they should develop and implement policies to encourage and assist families they serve to gain skills and work experience that could help them find jobs and increase their earnings.  Increased employment and earnings might eventually enable some families to afford market-rate rental units and could also reduce the costs of the rental assistance programs by reducing the size of the rental subsidies some tenants need.

Here's topic areas for this network.
  • Inclusion and Stabilizing programming (topics covered in the I&S Toolbox) as well as news about I&S activities:  workshops, training, cases.
  • Gas counties updates focusing on the rental housing impacts of the gas and oil boom in Eastern Ohio.
  • News on fair housing and community development policies that will affect inclusion and stability in your community.
  • Cases, models, funders and best practices in fair and affordable housing.

Click here to request membership in the inclusion Partners Network.

 How to use Inclusion Partners
  • RHINO at COHHIO manages the listserv for the members.  Member postings will be moderated by the RHINO Community Manager to assure that postings are intended for the whole group and germane to the issues of inclusion and stability.
  • Interested in membership?-you must be invited or recommended by a member and screened.  RHINO at COHHIO is conscious of the need to keep the group focused and professional. 
  • Network members are encouraged to share with other members by posting questions or successes to the listserv. 
  • Network members are encouraged to respond to other member postings if they can add support, encouragement,  or suggestions.
  • As a member of a RHINO network, Inclusion Partners are eligible for free technical assistance by voice or email from the RHINO Community Manager.
What are some other RHINO listservs for other constituencies?
In addition to Inclusion Partners which focuses on fair housing and community development issues, the Rental Housing Information Network in Ohio hosts listservs for the following rental housing constituenies:
  • Partners:  Directors of non profit organizations with a primary mission to serve the information needs of rental households.
  • Providers:  Health and social service providers who work with rental households and encounter rental needs.
  • Tnts:  leaders and members of tenants organizations and tenant organizers.
  • Ohio Preservation Network:  owners/operators of low income housing developments, public officials, housing advocates...really anyone who's interested in the preservation of rental housing opportunities.
  • Advocates: Ohioans working on public policies concerning tenants rights.  (under development)
  • RHINOweekNews:  subscribers to rhinoUP!  the weekly news on rental housing issues in Ohio. 

Notes and Links

Inclusion partners is made possible by a grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development