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The Holistic Housing Podcast
46 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
The Address Book
Why do street addresses matter? Author Deirdre Mask joins us to talk about her book, The Address Book: What Street Addresses Reveal About Identity, Race, Wealth, and Power. In this fascinating look at the history and impact of addresses from West Virginia to Kolkata and everywhere in between, we ask: why are some people resistant to having an address? How can addresses prevent public health crises? Is being unreachable a new status symbol? Will digital addresses become a thing? All that and more! Plus, we celebrate being back in the studio together for the first time in 14+ months, Sarah is mostly uninterested in thinking about the future, and Laura needs more snacks. Find us on Twitter at @HousingPodcast, rate, review, subscribe, and send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for listening!
59 minutes | May 20, 2021
Failure is Always an Option
Maggie Jones, Assistant Director for Community Development at Tarrant County, TX, joins the show to talk all things change-making. Hear what’s it been like to adapt as a local government professional providing community services during COVID, why change does not have to equal loss, and how working at a Greek restaurant was the perfect customer service training. Plus, Maggie knows more about Jeeps than any other person on the planet, Laura enforces the rules of a new game a little too stringently, and Sarah is open to trying to the new trend of cooking cicadas. Thank you to the NHP Foundation for sponsoring this episode, and be sure to learn more about NHP’s annual symposium at NHPFoundation.org! Find us on Twitter at @HousingPodcast, rate, review, subscribe, and send us an email to email@example.com. Thanks for listening!
52 minutes | Apr 29, 2021
An Ideal Community
In this episode, we’re joined by Ken White, Director of Resident Services at Operation Pathways, which provides services for residents of multifamily housing. But they’re not just services – they’re resident-led programs that empower individuals and families to set goals, learn new skills, lead healthier lives, and achieve greater independence and quality of life. Ken tells us how Operation Pathways walks with these residents in their journeys, prioritizing dignity and creating community. Plus, did you see the pink super moon? What do they call sandwiches in Maine? And prepare to feel completely one-upped by Ken’s pandemic hobby, which was learning how to build staircases. Wow. Find us on Twitter at @HousingPodcast, rate, review, subscribe, and send us an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for listening!
50 minutes | Mar 18, 2021
Breaking the Homelessness-to-Jail Cycle
People incarcerated more than once are 13 times more likely to experience homelessness than the general public. What can be done to break the jail-to-homelessness cycle? Urban Institute researcher Sarah Gillespie joins to discuss: why the public should care, how the housing first model provides stability and dignity, myths around homelessness, and whether homelessness really is solvable.Plus, Sarah G. has a spaghettios for adults to share, Sarah M. has pre-registered for the vaccine, and Laura is so discombobulated by daylight savings time she forgets to say the spiel at the end about subscribing (do it!). Find us on Twitter at @HousingPodcast, rate, review, subscribe, and send us an email to email@example.com. Thanks for listening!
52 minutes | Feb 25, 2021
Talking About Co-Living
Atlanta-based PadSplit has helped over 1,000 renters access safe, stable, furnished housing, at a fixed, weekly rate. Founder and CEO Atticus LeBlanc joins the show to discuss PadSplit’s unique co-living model, serving primarily frontline and working class individuals, who are able to save money, build credit, and in some cases, go on to buy a car or even their own home. We discuss the ongoing need for zoning reform and a more equitable distribution of housing, and how now is the time to ask: do the people who serve you live in your community? If not, why – and are you willing to do something about it? Plus, Atticus shares his daily practices for staying mission-focused, Sarah recommends a life-changing alarm clock, and Laura appreciates it when dogs have a first and last name. Subscribe and rate the show wherever you listen! Send us a note to firstname.lastname@example.org and follow us on Twitter at @HousingPodcast.
63 minutes | Jan 14, 2021
Let Your Homeostasis be Happiness
What, if any, role can your local police department play in addressing homelessness? Officer Mike Keen, the Homeless Outreach Program Coordinator for the Arlington County, VA Police Department, joins the show to answer that question. Officer Keen’s homeless outreach program breaks down silos between local government departments in order to assist people experiencing homelessness to acquire the services and resources they need. We talk jail diversion, crisis intervention, decriminalizing homelessness, community policing, and the value of working together. Plus, Mike picked up a new skill during COVID, Sarah wants to play the steel drums, and Laura loves squirrels (now and always). Please subscribe to the show and give us a 5-star rating! Send us a note at email@example.com and follow us on Twitter at @HousingPodcast.
68 minutes | Dec 10, 2020
The Dignity of Work
We’re joined at the end of 2020 by Ben Hobbs, Special Assistant to the President for Domestic Policy at the White House. Ben talks his roots in Ohio (including his first business selling chicken eggs), solutions to eliminating poverty that go beyond government programs, and America’s eternal ability to resiliently recover from difficult times – even a pandemic. Plus, Sarah declines to share her number one song from 2020, and Laura manages once again to make aliens a focal point of the conversation. Joyfully recorded in-person at Podcast Village! Subscribe to the show and rate it wherever you listen. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow the show on Twitter at @HousingPodcast. Thanks for listening!
67 minutes | Nov 19, 2020
Putting a Face on Who We’re Helping
In this Thanksgiving edition of the Holistic Housing Show, NACCED members Jessica Facciponti and Joe Riddle discuss their careers in the context of diplomacy, advocacy, and recovery. Located in New York and Florida, respectively, they share on-the-ground stories about working with the public, serving as liaisons between constituents and elected officials, and their work on NACCED’s housing and community development policy efforts at the national level. Plus, there’s at least five minutes’ conversation about gravy, Sarah learns what hashbrown casserole is, and Laura learns where Arkansas is.Please subscribe and rate wherever you listen, send us an email at email@example.com and follow us at @HousingPodcast. Thanks for listening!
49 minutes | Oct 14, 2020
Do We Care Enough?
Alan Mallach, Senior Fellow at the Center for Community Progress, joins the show to discuss what’s next for America after COVID-19, including the much-discussed future of cities, and long-term trends in work and the economic recovery. Plus, Alan shares his policy recommendations for America’s next president, Laura gives stock tips (buy outdoor heaters!), and Sarah is ensuring America’s election security. Don’t forget to subscribe to the show and give us a five-star rating wherever you listen. You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org and follow the show on Twitter at @HousingPodcast. Thanks for listening!
49 minutes | Sep 23, 2020
A Good Time to Think Big
Claudia Aiken and Vincent Reina, researchers with the University of Pennsylvania’s Housing Initiative at Penn, help local governments develop and operationalize affordable housing programs. This year, that has meant a focus on rent relief programs funded by the CARES Act. Claudia and Vincent tell us what has worked to build and communicate programs for hard-to-reach populations, how “home” means much more than physical infrastructure, and why now is a great time to bring an innovative mindset to the work of housing. Plus, Claudia has fond memories of (overly) civically-engaged bike riders in her hometown, Sarah decides to dress her dog as a ghost, and we ask, would you rather live 500 years in the future, or the past? You can find Claudia and Vincent at @ClaudiaAiken7 and @VrainBK and follow UPenn’s @WeitzmanSchool and @PennPraxis. Follow the show on Twitter at @HousingPodcast. Subscribe to the show and please give us a five-star rating!
53 minutes | Aug 27, 2020
The Scarlet E
In this episode, your hosts are joined by Professor Emily Benfer to discuss the eviction crisis caused by COVID-19. Emily, a co-creator of Eviction Lab’s Housing Policy Scorecard, explains the circumstances that led to 30-40 million people being at risk of eviction, the downstream societal costs of housing instability, and how health, housing, and racial justice are deeply involved. We take a look at how this moment has uncovered disparity in America and provides an opportunity to reset the US’s policy trajectory toward justice. Plus, Sarah and Laura celebrate the show’s three-year anniversary, and get to see each other in person for the first time in five months! You can find Emily on Twitter at @emilyabenfer. Subscribe to the show and give us a five-star review wherever you listen, follow on Twitter at@HousingPodcast, and send us a note to email@example.com. Thanks for listening!
60 minutes | Jul 22, 2020
Housing Is Everything
The National Network to End Domestic Violence (NNEDV) is a network of providers helping survivors heal from domestic violence (DV). In this episode, we speak with Debbie Fox, NNEDV’s Senior Housing Policy & Practice Specialist, about how different forms of housing, like shelters, safe homes, and transitional housing, are critical for DV survivors. Hear about Debbie’s early and formative experience as a care coordinator in a DV shelter, and her belief in the important work of unlearning violence as an answer to conflict. Plus, we learn about Debbie’s many musical talents and ask, what’s up with the fox stealing newspapers in Laura’s neighborhood? And are “trash bagels” the term Sarah uses for sub-par bagels, or the name of DC’s newest punk band? You can follow Debbie and the NNEDV at @theDebbieFox and @NNEDV. Follow the Holistic Housing Show on Twitter at @HousingPodcast and NACCED at @NACCEDNews. Subscribe to the show, give us a five-star rating, and send us a note to firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks for listening!
63 minutes | Jun 18, 2020
The Journey to Justice
Offender Aid and Restoration (OAR) works with men and women who are returning to the community from incarceration. In this episode, we are joined by OAR’s Executive Director, Elizabeth Jones Valderrama, who explains OAR’s upstream and downstream approach to restoring individuals to society, and fighting the roots of racism that lead to higher rates of incarceration. Learn about OAR’s partnerships with local governments, law enforcement, and volunteers, and the steps individuals and communities can take to undo, challenge and break down racism and to begin to see each other as human beings. We also learn about Elizabeth’s ten rescue cats (technically, her husband’s), and her family’s Costa Rican traditions (including music night!). Plus, everyone prepares for the real Mayan apocalypse, which is apparently this weekend. Follow OAR at @OARJustice and follow the show on Twitter at @HousingPodcast. Don’t forget to subscribe to the show, give us a good rating, and send an email to email@example.com!
57 minutes | May 27, 2020
Flexibility is the Name of the Game
As a rising number of Americans face joblessness and homelessness due to the COVID-19 pandemic, what can be done to ensure housing stability? Emily Hamilton, Research Fellow at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, proposes that market-based solutions like zoning reform are an evergreen solution to building affordable housing. We talk repurposing unused commercial space for housing, the ins and outs of converting a basement to an ADU, and why Emily is very pro-renter. Plus, we debut a brand new game of “or” (Alleys or rooftops? Jane Jacobs or Marc Jacobs?), discuss why the RV is summer’s hottest new accessory, and the pros and cons of quarantining in a ghost town out west. Follow Emily on Twitter at @ebwhamilton and follow the show on Twitter at @HousingPodcast. Don’t forget to subscribe to the show, give us a good rating, and send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to suggest a guest or send effusive fan mail.
59 minutes | Apr 30, 2020
Pray for the Oysters
Recorded in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, this show has it all: a conversation with NACCED President Mary Keating and Vice President Christy Moffett on how local governments are responding to the public health crisis, the low-down on the CARES Act, speculation about the aliens landing, and a conversation about hope. Plus, Laura asks, are oysters alive when you eat them? Listen to find out! Follow the show on Twitter at @HousingPodcast and don’t forget to subscribe to the show, give us a good rating, and send an email to email@example.com!
83 minutes | Mar 11, 2020
In this truly far-out episode, National Housing Law Project (NLHP) Director of Government Affairs Noelle Porter joins us to talk all things tenant rights. Learn how NLHP’s network of legal aid attorneys works to fight discrimination at the local level and supports low-income renters facing eviction. See if you can keep up while she covers fair housing issues like disparate impact, but also sings a song she made up about umlauts to the tune of “MmmBop.” Plus, Sarah is exasperated by panic buyers, Laura is outed as a tool for the propaganda machine (whoops), and Katelynn surprises no one with the fact that she shares avocado toast with her dog, Klaus. Follow the show on Twitter at @HousingPodcast and don’t forget to subscribe to the show, give us a good rating, and send an email about what you’re hearing to firstname.lastname@example.org!
61 minutes | Feb 12, 2020
Cities and Homes of the Future
Jonathan Lawless (@JonathanLawless), VP of Affordable Housing at Fannie Mae, joins the show to talk all things urban living and design: the lifestyle tradeoffs of living in an urban center, how the concentration of jobs fuels urban growth, the upsides to manufactured housing, and why 3-D printed houses are just so cool. Plus, Jon Regales with tales of visiting the Tesla factory (robots everywhere!) and everyone wonders, will people still want to live in cul-de-sacs in 25 years? And just what the heck is aspartame, anyway? Don’t forget to subscribe to the show, give us a big ol’ 5-star rating, and you can even send us a Valentine to email@example.com. Follow the show on Twitter at @HousingPodcast. Happy leap year!
66 minutes | Jan 9, 2020
Solving the Problem Upstream
Happy new year! 2020’s first episode comes in strong with the thoughtful, smart insight of Quicken Loans Community Fund VP Laura Grannemann. Since co-founding the Fund, Laura G. has been tackling some of Detroit’s most persistent housing problems. Learn how Laura’s team created an awareness-raising campaign using personal outreach between neighbors to prevent property tax foreclosures, stabilize communities and prevent homelessness. She also shares why listening, communication and humility are required for successful partnerships, along with the unexpected agricultural hobby she’ll be picking up in the new year. Plus, Katelynn describes the breakfast of champions (bananas and Red Bull), Laura D. gets distracted by monkeys,* Sarah reveals her love for Valentine’s Day, and everyone reflects on the best way to shop (or not) in Target. Register for NACCED’s Legislative Conference, February 27-March 1, in Washington, DC: https://www.nacced.org/events/EventDetails.aspx?id=1293611 Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org! Please subscribe, give us a 5-star rating, and follow us on Twitter @HousingPodcast. *Proof that Laura D. did not imagine a restaurant staffed by monkeys: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_24JotmPysk
77 minutes | Dec 12, 2019
The Cowboy Rides Away
We’ve got your last episode of the decade right here! In this episode, Steve Johnson, longtime Director of HUD’s Entitlement Communities Division, looks back on his career in community development. From sharing his favorite stories of how local governments utilize the CDBG program to creatively serve their communities, to advice for the next generation of community changers, we learn that digging in and solving problems takes everybody – the federal government, local governments, and advocacy partners like NACCED. Plus, Steve expresses great disdain for hot dogs, the gals regale with tales of a celebratory Christmas lunch at Filomena, and everyone learns what “yerd” means. This episode sponsored by ZoomGrants! Simple, intuitive, fully customizable online grants management software for local governments, foundations, and much more. Follow the Holistic Housing Podcast on Twitter at @HousingPodcast, send us an email at email@example.com and don’t forget to subscribe to the show and tell your friends.
61 minutes | Nov 7, 2019
Millennial Homeownership is not a Myth
You’re in for a treat this episode, because former host Heather Voorman drops by to talk millennial homeownership, why the world needs more “third spaces” (and little libraries), and what renters and young folks can do to invest in the community they call home. Plus, Laura reveals the one thing no one will ever take from the free space in an apartment building (answer: Fritos), the gals play a community development word association game, and one very important new question is debuted. Spoiler alert: Heather knows how to make balloon animals. Don’t forget to subscribe to the show, tell your friends, give us a five-star rating, and follow us on Twitter at https://twitter.com/HousingPodcast! Heather Voorman: https://twitter.com/hmmcdonald
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