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We're In A Moment

In this summer solstice edition of the Holistic Housing Show, Dr. Tiffany Manuel tells us why affordable housing is having a moment – and it’s time to move! As a messaging and communications strategist, Tiffany is a pro at teaching advocates to make their case through storytelling in order to make lasting change at the systems level. Plus, Katelynn receives a lil’ fan mail, Laura gets paranoid about airport security, and Sarah reminds everyone that Beach Sarah is way better than City...


Meet Katelynn Harris!

In this much-anticipated episode of the Holistic Housing Show, Laura and Sarah introduce their new co-host, NACCED’s new Policy Director, Katelynn Harris. Katelynn shares about her journey from the beaches of NC to the mountains of NC, to the affordable housing world of DC, and why her passion for housing is personal. Plus, the crew is joined by three special mystery guests – all NACCED members! – who ask thought-provoking and laugh-inducing questions of the new co-host. Also discussed:...


Housing Opportunities Made Equal

In this special Fair Housing Month episode of the Holistic Housing Show, Laura and Sarah are joined by Heather Crislip, President & CEO, and Monica Jefferson, Vice President & COO, of HOME of Virginia. HOME fulfills its mission to ensure equal access to housing for all people by addressing housing discrimination in all its forms. Heather and Monica share what housing discrimination looks like – including the still-prevalent practice of redlining - and HOME’s role in a significant legal...


Here’s What We Ought to Do

In the 20th episode of the Holistic Housing Show podcast, Sarah and Laura are joined by NACCED’s own David Sacks, Community Development Manager for Henrico County, VA. David, famous to longtime listeners as a writer of complex and witty letters to the show’s hosts, shares why community development is more about moving slowly toward improvement than the one-and-done of fixing problems; the impactful experience of working with populations different than yourself; and the myth that there’s no...


Grow Up and Google It

In this 19th episode, Sarah and Laura are joined by Elizabeth Strojan, VP of Government Affairs at the NYC Dept. of Housing Preservation and Development, for her second appearance on the show. Together, they commiserate the loss of former host Heather Voorman, who has moved on to a fabulous new role with the Homebuilders, and discuss who could possibly fill her shoes (must have intense love for Diet Coke). Elizabeth shares updates on NYC’s Housing New York plan and how important it is to...


Rock On, Rural America

In the 18th episode of the Holistic Housing Show, the NACCED team is joined by Housing Assistance Council (HAC) CEO David Lipsetz. A rural Midwesterner himself, David shares how HAC empowers some of America’s most impoverished rural communities to grow their capacity and thrive. Also discussed: how public policy incentivizes city living and urbanization, why rural and urban America need not be at odds, why USDA is in the housing business and why values like community and humility matter....


Contested City with Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani

In the 17th episode of the Holistic Housing Show, Charlie’s Angels are joined by Gabrielle Bendiner-Viani, author of the recently-released “Contested City: Art and Public History as Mediation at New York’s Seward Park Urban Renewal Center” (SPURA). Gabrielle shares how she and her students from the New School utilized art and dialogue to engage with residents, governments, nonprofits and other partners to re-envision NYC’s SPURA area after over 40 years of displacement, demolition and...


Expanding Housing for the Working and Middle Class

In this 16th episode of the Holistic Housing Show, your venerable hosts are joined by Randy Shaw, Founder and Executive Director of San Francisco’s Tenderloin Housing Clinic and author of the just-published “Generation Priced Out: Who Gets to Live in the New Urban America.” Randy, long an advocate for tenants’ rights, and whose personal, unofficial campaign slogan is “Legalize apartments!” offers a blueprint for what cities can, and should, do to make cities more livable for working...


A Call to ACTION

This lively fall episode of the Holistic Housing Podcast opens with a special guest appearance from the listener who won our “podcast bundle” at the NACCED conference, and a discussion of things like “Can a vegetarian, in good faith, eat ants on a log?” (thanks @AnimalHoPo for the suggestion). Next, Laura, Heather and Sarah are joined by Peter Lawrence, Director of Public Policy and Government Relations at Novogradac & Company, LLC. Peter discusses his career in housing, starting with his...


Public Housing and America’s Values

In this episode of #housingpodcast we speak with Ben Austen, author of the bestselling “High Risers: Cabrini-Green and the Fate of American Public Housing.” For Ben, the Cabrini-Green story is not just a piece of sensational American history, but the story of America’s values and a microcosm of the existential identity issues facing today’s cities: who can afford to live there? How do we build equity into communities that are constantly changing? Plus, we kick off the show with lots of...


Doug Ryan Explains It All

In this 13th episode, Charlie’s Angels are joined by Doug Ryan. Doug, the Senior Director of Affordable Homeownership for Prosperity Now, also serves as an adjunct instructor at American University’s Department of Justice, Law & Criminology. In this wide ranging conversation, Doug discusses his experience working in local government, why homeownership still makes sense for a lot of Americans and how bringing new players into the economy benefits everyone. Plus, who is Fudgie the (ice...


Building Community While You’re Building a Community

In this episode of #housingpodcast we talk to Rachel Reilly, Director of Impact Investing for Enterprise Community Partners, about a very important economic development topic: Opportunity Zones! This new community investment incentive connects private capital with low-income communities across America. It’s new, it’s innovative, it’s got a lotta potential, and it’s coming to a census tract near you. Plus, Rachel shares what it was like serving in elected office in DC (sometimes people in...


Jack of all Trades: Manuel Ochoa

In this summery edition of the #housingpodcast, Laura, Heather and Sarah are joined by Manuel Ochoa, the Director of Federal Affairs for the National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB). In a career that has taken him from the DC government to HUD to the nonprofit sector, Manuel shares his experience on disaster relief, what community asset building means (wealth and business creation!) and why it’s important to be a jack of all trades in the affordable housing policy...


The One Where They Talk About South Dakota

In this tenth (!!) episode of the Holistic Housing Podcast, the NACCED crew is joined by Bob Simpson, VP of Multifamily and Green Finance for Fannie Mae. Bob shares his perspective on the positive multi-generational effects of healthy and affordable housing, how Fannie Mae is investing in people and not just properties, why Fox was totally wrong to cancel “Firefly,” and why watching Star Trek is a better investment than business school (you’ll learn the same stuff). Plus, Charlie’s Angels...


Don’t Stop Thinking About Tomorrow

On this episode of the #housingpodcast, the NACCED crew are joined by Diane Yentel, the oft-quoted and influential CEO & President of the National Low Income Housing Coalition. This conversation touches on everything from benefits cuts to getting out the vote, and why it’s critical to build the political will to solve issues like homelessness. We also learn that not only is Diane a pro at coalition building (and maintaining a highly relevant Twitter feed), but she’s also very good at...


A Tribute to Community Development

Recorded during NACCED’s Community Development month, this multi-perspective episode features the voices of community development professionals from across the country. In-studio, Charlie’s Angels are joined by Jennifer Daniels, Planning & Community Development Manager for Arlington, County, VA. Then, we hear from members in Salt Lake, Essex, Allegheny, Los Angeles, and Henrico Counties. Themes emerge related to the people-centered focus of community development work, the diversity of this...


Putting the Granny Back in “Granny Flat”

In this extra-lively episode of the Holistic Housing Show, the NACCED team is joined by Jon Coppage, Senior Fellow at the R St. Institute in Washington, DC. Jon’s work as a researcher and speaker takes him across the country to study what makes for healthy communities, whether that’s in the availability of accessory dwelling units, a neighborhood’s walkability, or multi-generational living. Plus, learn why Jon’s hometown, Winston-Salem, really isn’t trying to kill you with its two main...


“Debate Kids: All Grown Up (and Making Housing Policy)”

In this episode, the illustrious Director of Public Policy for Enterprise Community Partners, Emily Cadik, joined the NACCED crew to talk tax reform, the value of mentoring and how to form coalitions. Also on deck: Emily’s experience with the famed Corn Palace of South Dakota, Laura’s experience talking about hot dogs with people in Trump Hotel, the revelation that all debate kids turn into policy wonks, and how tying housing to infrastructure is like “trying to make fetch happen


A Conversation with Derek Hyra

In this episode of the Holistic Housing Show, the NACCED team are joined by American University Professor Derek Hyra to discuss his work on gentrification and equitable urban development in DC’s famous U Street/Shaw neighborhood. Derek discusses his book, “Race, Class and Politics in the Cappuccino City,” and the how true social integration in a newly gentrified area will lead to a prosperous neighborhood. Plus, learn what it means to “live ‘The Wire;’” what it was like to run for Congress...


R-O-C-K In the USA

On the 4th episode of the Holistic Housing Show, Charlie's Angels are joined by Charlie himself: Chuck Robbins, the Director of Housing and Community Development for Clackamas County, Oregon. Chuck shares his love of not just great Oregon beer, but also public service, and how his involvement with NACCED connected him with incredible housing experts across the country. Plus, we discuss the eternal question: when is it just too soon to listen to Christmas music?