Publications

A New Deal for Housing Justice

BRicK Partners’ Robin and Beth were honored to be contributing authors on A New Deal for Housing Justice, which was handed to President Biden’s administration in January 2021. The playbook spanned 11 categories of policy recommendations, including Racial Justice, Disaster Recovery, and Resilient Communities. Many of the recommendations in the playbook informed the President’s January 26 Memorandum on Redressing Our Nation’s and the Federal Government’s History of Discriminatory Housing Practices and Policies.

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New essays in the What Works series support mixed-income housing

The What Works series on mixed-income housing just released three new essays, including one about increasing support for mixed-income housing co-authored by BRicK’s Robin Synderman and former HUD Region V Administrator Antonio R. Riley titled, “Embracing Odd Bedfellows in Odd Times: How to Sustain Financial and Political Support for Mixed-Income Communities.” Snyderman and Riley focus on how the Chicago-area Regional Housing Initiative (RHI) is a promising strategy for both mixed-income housing and housing mobility.

Community Revitalization and Housing Counseling Initiative

Karen and Robin helped the Illinois Attorney General Office to design and monitor a program to invest $70 million in the Community Revitalization and Housing Counseling. Their efforts were successful in redeveloping or stabilizing more than 3,200 homes, providing more than 50,000 households with housing counseling .

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Paving the way for more affordable housing: Expanding the Moving to Work program

Robin and her coauthor, Greg Russ, Executive Director and CEO of the Minneapolis Public Housing Authority, explore the possibility that more Public Housing Authorities could attain the flexibility of MTW status.

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Advancing Regional Solutions to Address America’s Housing Affordability Crisis

BRicK’s Robin Snyderman co-authored this post in October 2017 to highlight innovative strategies and tools designed to help increase and diversify the supply of quality housing in the four regions participating in Brooking’s Community of Practice.

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Chicago’s Regional Housing Initiative promotes regional mobility

This article, “Chicago’s Regional Housing Initiative promotes regional mobility,” published in the Brookings Institution in May 2016, written by Robin Snyderman, describes the Regional Housing Initiative as one scalable way to address segregation in American cities and to “work-around” national polices that contribute inadvertently to regional inequities.

Suburban Poverty and the Challenges of Both Public Perception and Public Policy

BRicK Partners’ Robin Snyderman wrote an essay on suburban poverty and the challenges of both public perception and public policy for Voices for Illinois Children’s Illinois Kids Count 2015 report.

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Regional Housing Initiative Pilot

The Metropolitan Planning Council and BRicK Partners collaborated on the Regional Housing Initiative pilot in the Chicago area. Their final report was submitted to HUD and published.

Anchors Lift All Boats: Eds & Meds Engaging with Communities

In the Winter 2015 Issue of Land Lines, Beth Dever discusses the role of civic engagement as the norm at some of the nation’s leading hospitals and universities, yielding vibrant neighborhoods and thriving business corridors that attract patients, students, and residents alike.

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Supporting and Sustaining Interjurisdictional Collaboration

In December 2012, Metropolitan Planning Council (MPC), the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP), the Metropolitan Mayors Caucus (MMC), and BRicK Partners published a report detailing the cross-border planning and community development collaborations of three clusters of Cook County municipalities in response to unprecedented increasing poverty in the suburbs. The paper points to policy reforms and best practices needed to support the success of these pioneers, and to make it easier for this model to be replicated.

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Smart Living, Smart Growth

Bridge Housing, a California affordable housing developer, released “Smart Living, Smart Growth,” to commemorate its 30th anniversary. The publication tells stories about how residents’ lives have been transformed by their living space in Bridge’s award-winning transit-oriented developments. BRicK Partners’ Robin Snyderman wrote an essay included in the publication.

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