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The Affordable Housing Podcast, brought to you by Eden Housing, is an audio exploration of the trends and challenges being faced by those who are committed to providing housing for low income families, seniors, and individuals with disabilities.

Episode Date
Veterans First: Making the Transition from Military to Civilian Life
21:10

Making the transition from military to civilian life can be challenging. Thankfully, there are organizations and individuals dedicated to helping to providing resources and information to help ensure the greatest success for the families of those who have served. On this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, brought to you by Eden Housing, host Joanne Greene speaks with Todd Steffan, Coordinator of the Veterans First program at Los Positas College. Los Positas is a valued partner at Eden’s new Valor Crossing property in Dublin - which caters to vets and their families. The Veterans First program helps with career planning, understanding financial aid under the GI Bill and the VA and acts as a one-stop center for a wide range of resources.

RESOURCES

For additional information on this topic, visit:
http://www.laspositascollege.edu/veterans/veteranshub.php

http://edenhousing.org

Oct 20, 2017
Make Room in Our Communities - Ending Housing Insecurity for Renters
18:47

Housing insecurity is a critical issue for many renters. In fact, as so aptly stated in the mission statement of the new organization MAKE ROOM, the human suffering and the astronomical costs to society of the rental crisis is unimaginable. In this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast brought to you by Eden Housing, host Joanne Greene speaks to Make Room's CEO, Ali Solis. MAKE ROOM is dedicated to this problem and to creating bold solutions to end housing insecurity for renters. Ali's been working on housing for the past two decades and has led successful national campaigns. She also appeared on the Affordable Housing Podcast in 2012 to discuss the federal budget's impact on affordable housing when she was Senior VP and Public Policy & Corporate Affairs Executive for Enterprise Community Partners.

RESOURCES

For additional information on this topic, visit:
http://MakeRoom.org

http://edenhousing.org

May 01, 2017
What's Your Story? The Value of Storytelling as a Strategic Communications Tool for Non-Profit Organizations
26:35

In 1998, Andy Goodman had a great idea and launched a company to help good causes reach more people with more impact. It was a singular mission and an audacious goal. The Goodman Center offers workshops in storytelling, presenting, strategic communications and more. In this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast brought to you by Eden Housing, host Joanne Greene speaks to founder Andy Goodman. Andy is a nationally recognized author, speaker and consultant. Along with "Storytelling as Best Practice", he is the author of "Why Bad Ads Happen to Good Causes" and "Why Bad Presentations Happen to Good Causes". He also publishes a monthly journal, "Free-range Thinking", to share best practices in the field.

RESOURCES

For additional information on this topic, visit:
http://TheGoodmanCenter.com

http://HatchForGood.org
http://ImagineLA.org

http://edenhousing.org

Feb 28, 2017
A Reporter's View of Bay Area Affordable Housing
20:26

For more than a decade, Stephanie Martin Taylor has walked the streets of San Francisco and the Bay Area learning and reporting on the housing issues of our region. She’s talked with real people and heard their personal stories. Formerly an anchor and housing reporter for KQED radio and now the newly named Communications Director for the Episcopal Diocese of California. An award winning journalist based in San Francisco, Stephanie has been focused on housing and development issues. She has a graduate degree in journalism from Columbia, an undergraduate degree from Colgate and was a White House intern.

http://edenhousing.org

Feb 01, 2017
"Why Housing Messages Are Backfiring" - Lessons in Strategic Communication
19:25

Sometimes, we are frustrated by public opposition to our noble work in afforable housing and spin our wheels trying to find a way around it. Rather than discount the opposition, Enterprise Community Partners and The Frameworks Institute tackled the problem head on to find out the values behind some of the opposing views of providing affordable housing and how we can change the conversation around housing. On this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast brought to you by Eden Housing, we'll dive into which messages about affordable housing work with the public and which ones don’t.

Joining host Joanne Greene is Tiffany Manuel, PhD, Enterprise's Vice President of Knowledge, Impact, and Strategy. Prior to joining Enterprise in 2012, Dr. Manuel served as Director of Impact & Evaluation at The FrameWorks Institute, and was a senior policy analyst at the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services.

RESOURCES

The report, "'You Don't Have to Live Here' - Why Housing Messages are Backfiring and 10 Things We can Do About It":
http://www.enterprisecommunity.org/download?fid=14407&nid=18689

For additional information on this topic, visit:
http://www.enterprisecommunity.com
http://www.frameworksinstitute.org
http://edenhousing.org

Dec 19, 2016
Three Bay Area Ballot Measures for Affordable Housing: NPH Annual Conference Keynote Session
38:00

The upcoming election is critical and dramatic for many reasons - among ballot questions being considered, there are three important Bay Area affordable housing county measures. On this episode of the Affordable Housing podcast, brought to you by Eden Housing, we'll take you to the keynote plenary session at the recent annual conference of the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California, better known as NPH. The conference's keynote plenary session featured an esteemed panel of the key elected leaders who championed ballot measures in their communities.

The panel moderator is Amie Fishman, NPH Executive Director, who guided the panel discussion with Supervisor Don Horsley of San Mateo County discussing Measure K, Supervisor Dave Cortese of Santa Clara County discussing Measure A, and Supervisor Wilma Chan of Alameda County discussing Measure A1.

RESOURCES

For additional information on this topic, visit:
http://nonprofithousing.org/campaigns

http://www.affordablealameda.com/
http://yesonaffordablehousing.org/
http://yesonk.net/

http://edenhousing.org
Three Bay Area Ballot Measure for Affordable Housing

Oct 24, 2016
Housing as a Health Care Investment
23:43

It's been widely assumed that there’s a strong connection between affordable, stable housing and the health of children. Now, we have proof. On this episode of the Affordable Housing podcast brought to you by Eden Housing, we’ll learn about the latest research from Children’s HealthWatch and the National Housing Conference that shows that public investment in housing, including housing for homeless families and rental assistance for families who face food insecurity, clearly improves outcomes for vulnerable infants and young children. And it lowers healthcare costs.

Joining host Joanne Greene is Dr. Megan Sandel, Principal Investigator with Children’s HealthWatch, Associate Professor of Pediatrics at the Boston University Schools of Medicine and Public Health, and the Medical Director of National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership.

RESOURCES

For additional information on this topic, visit:
http://childrenshealthwatch.org
http://www.nhc.org/#!2016-housing-as-health-investment/wq5gp
http://edenhousing.org

Jul 27, 2016
NPH Looking Ahead in an Election Year
26:54

For over 36 years, the Non-Profit Housing Association (NPH) of Northern California has been the collective voice of affordable housing, working with 750 member organizations and community leaders to push for effective state, regional and local policy, supporting campaigns throughout the nine Bay Area counties, and educating the public on the importance of investing in affordable homes.

Joining host Joanne Greene are Amie Fishman, NPH's Executive Director, and Sharon Cornu, NPH’s first Political Director, to discuss NPH's advocacy goals in this election year, including an affordable housing bond on the November ballot in Alameda County.

RESOURCES

For additional information on this topic, visit:
http://nonprofithousing.org
http://edenhousing.org

Apr 22, 2016
Affordable Housing in the Proposed 2017 Federal Budget
23:25

The NHC (National Housing Conference) focuses on advancing federal housing policy to help low and moderate income people, strengthening the nation’s housing finance system, restoring neighborhoods damaged by foreclosures and disinvestment, and building stronger communities overall that coordinate housing, transportation, health, education and energy policy. Recently, NHC held its annual budget forum to help those working in and around Capitol Hill to understand how affordable housing fits into the next budget cycle.

Joining host Joanne Greene is Ethan Handelman, Vice President of Policy and Advocacy for NHC. Ethan takes an in-depth look at the proposed budget, the budget process in this election year, proposed and adopted changes to the Low Income Housing Tax Credit, and advocacy opportunities for this year.

RESOURCES

For additional information on this topic, visit:
http://nhc.org
http://www.nhcopenhouse.org/
http://www.nlihc.org/
http://edenhousing.org

Mar 04, 2016
Impossible Choices: Food, rent, medicine?
19:56

Most organizations do not work for the day that they are no longer needed. But that’s precisely the goal of the Alameda County Community Food Bank who serves 1-in-5 residents of Alameda County. In this episode of the Affordable Housing podcast, we discuss "food insecurity" - the lack of access to affordable, nutritious groceries. We delve into how poverty often forces people to make impossible choices, what constitutes a "complete grocery basket," and how the economic recovery has not touched our most vulnerable families, seniors, and neighbors.

Joining host Joanne Greene is Allison Pratt, Director of Policy and Services for the last 10 years for the Alameda County Community Food Bank.

RESOURCES

For additional information on this topic, visit:
http://aacfb.org
http://EdenHousing.org

Jan 05, 2016
Connecting Low-Income Adults & Seniors with Affordable Housing and Healthcare
21:44

We've been hearing it for more than decade now - a "silver tsunami" is upon us. As the low-income Baby Boomers hit retirement age, what will they need? What innovative housing and healthcare solutions are needed for low income older adults and seniors to successfully age in place?

Joining host Joanne Greene is Mark Ricketts, President and CEO of National Church Residences, who shares his perspective on what's next for older adult senior affordable housing. National Church Residences is based in Columbus, OH develops and manages many types of older adult senior housing communities.

RESOURCES

For additional information on this topic, visit:
http://www.NationalChurchResidences.org
http://EdenHousing.org

Sep 26, 2015
What Makes This Drought in California So Bad?What Makes This Drought in California So Bad?
17:42

California's drought is the worst in the state's history.Now in its fourth year, most areas are facing mandatory water rationing. In this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, host Joanne Greene speaks with John Coleman, who among other titles is the past President, and longtime member of the board of EBMUD, the East Bay Municipal Utility District.John and Joanne discuss what makes this drought different than past droughts, what it would take for the drought to end, how EBMUD works with affordable housing developers, the extent of water rationing going on in the state, agribusiness usage vs. residential water usage, and more.

RESOURCES

For additional information on this topic, visit:
http://www.ebmud.com/water-and-drought/drought/
http://www.acwa.com/content/drought
http://www.freeportproject.org/pdf/brochure_7-11.pdf
http://EdenHousing.org

Jul 20, 2015
Housing & Education Policy Panel
1:37:30

Eden Housing was pleased to co-host with Microsoft and Housing Trust Silicon Valley the launch of this year’s Affordable Housing Week in Santa Clara County with a Housing and Education Policy Discussion Panel. Eden’s President Linda Mandolini and Microsoft’s Government Affairs Manager Jonathan Noble welcomed attendees to the policy discussion held at Microsoft’s Sunnyvale campus.
UC Berkeley Center for Cities and Schools’ Executive Director and Founder Dr. Deborah McKoy gave the keynote presentation and Silicon Valley Education Foundation’s President and CEO Muhammed Chaudhry moderated the discussion panel. Muhammed is also an Eden Housing Board member.

Panelists included: Chris Funk, Superintendent of the East Side Union High School; Jennifer Peck, Executive Director of the Partnership for Children and Youth; and Sunne McPeak, Executive Director of the California Emerging Technology Fund. Linda Mandolini also served as a panelist.

This discussion panel was intended as the first discussion of many to come making the connections between housing, education, and after-school programs.

RESOURCES

For additional information on this topic, visit:
http://EdenHousing.org
http://svefoundation.org
http://citiesandschools.berkeley.edu/
http://edenhousing.org
http://www.esuhsd.org
http://partnerforchildren.org/
http://www.cetfund.org/investments/initiative-smart-housing

Jun 16, 2015
How the Tax Code Leads to the Creation of Affordable Housing
19:03

The statistics are daunting. California has 13 of the 14 least affordable metropolitan housing markets in the nation. Currently, more than 34 percent of working renters pay more than 50 percent of their income toward housing, and the State Department of Housing and Community Development estimates that California needs to build 220,000 new homes a year to keep up with population growth.

In this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, host Joanne Greene speaks to Mark Stivers, Executive Director of the California Tax Credit Allocation Committee (TCAC), which allocates tax credits for affordable housing development. Prior to joining TCAC in January of 2015, Mark served the California legislature for 18 years including 16 years as the lead housing staffer for the Senate.

RESOURCES

For additional information on this topic, visit:
http://treasurer.ca.gov/ctcac/
http://calhsng.org/affordable-housing-101/how-is-it-built/

Apr 15, 2015
Older Adults: The New Homeless
21:17

It’s a trend that no one likes to see - an ever increasing number of older Americans who find themselves homeless after a lifetime of honest work and supporting themselves.

Joining host Joanne Greene is Dr. Margot Kushel of UCSF who is studying older adult homelessness and its impacts as Principal Investigator for the HOPE-HOME research study (Health Outcomes of People Experiencing Homelessness in Older Middle Age).

RESOURCES

For additional information on this topic, visit:
http://profiles.ucsf.edu/margot.kushel
http://www.contracostatimes.com/tri-valley-times/ci_27224378/alameda-county-among-new-homeless-growing-number-seniors
Listen to this and prior episodes of the Affordable Housing Podcast at EdenHousing.org/affordable-housing-podcasts

Mar 06, 2015
What If You Could Not Access the Internet? 80 Million Americans Cannot Afford to be Connected
27:26

While the majority of Americans have access to high speed broadband connections, nearly one third of Americans--low-income families, seniors, and persons with disabilities--have no broadband internet at all, limiting their ability to engage in the 21st century. On this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, brought to you by Eden Housing, we’ll be focusing on what it will take to bridge the Digital Divide and get more low-income households online in a way that can significantly enhance their lives and increase opportunities.

Joining our host Joanne Greene are Sunne Wright McPeak, President and CEO of the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF) , and Chris Estes, President and CEO of the National Housing Conference (NHC).

RESOURCES

* For additional information on this topic, visit:
http://InternetForAllNow.org
http://CETFund.org
http://NHC.org
* Listen to this and prior episodes of the Affordable Housing Podcast at EdenHousing.org/affordable-housing-podcasts

Jan 30, 2015
2014 Resident Success Stories
10:13

Eden Housing doesn’t just provide roofs for people in need of affordable housing, Eden opens doors to new lives. In our 2014 year end episode, hosted by Joanne Greene, we’ll be hearing from Cassandra Phelps Robinson and Bill Nguyen, two residents whose lives have been impacted in countless positive ways through the opportunities provided by Eden Housing.

RESOURCES

* Listen to this and prior episodes of the Affordable Housing Podcast at EdenHousing.org
* Free subscriptions to the monthly Affordable Housing Podcast are available in iTunes

Dec 16, 2014
California's Cap & Trade Program to Help Affordable Housing
16:28

Under California’s Cap and Trade program, large companies that emit a certain amount of greenhouse gas are assigned a cap or limit on the their emissions. Those that exceed their cap must either ratchet down their emissions over time by making improvements to their facilities OR they can buy “allowances to pollute” thru a quarterly state auction. Companies that produce LESS than their allocated greenhouse gas emissions can “trade” or sell their allowances to other companies. On this episode of the Affordable Housing podcast, brought to you by Eden Housing, host Joanne Greene speaks to Susan Riggs; Deputy Secretary for Housing, California Business, Consumer Services and Housing Agency about how this program is helping to fund affordable homes.

RESOURCES

* Listen to this and prior episodes of the Affordable Housing Podcast at EdenHousing.org
* Free subscriptions to the monthly Affordable Housing Podcast are available in iTunes
* For additional information on this topic, visit: BCSH.ca.gov

Oct 21, 2014
Homeward Bound of Marin
38:39

The mission of Homeward Bound of Marin is of “opening doors to safety, dignity, hope and independence” and the numbers speak for themselves. 80% of the families and 81% of adults who complete Homeward Bound programs move on to stable housing. In this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, brought to you by Eden Housing, host Joanne Greene sits down with Homeward Bound of Marin's Executive Director; Dr. Mary Kay Sweeney, and Program Director; Micha Berman. The misconception is that Marin County, with the highest median income in California, and the only California county ranked in the top 20 counties of the nation, is that homelessness is not an issue. But in fact, there are nearly 1,000 homeless, and 4,000 precariously housed here who remain invisible because Marin's large geographic footprint with 80% dedicated Open Space. Homeward Bound is Marin County's chief provider of shelter and residential services serving as many as 450 people each night.

RESOURCES

* Listen to this and prior episodes of the Affordable Housing Podcast at EdenHousing.org
* Free subscriptions to the monthly Affordable Housing Podcast are available in iTunes
* For additional information on this topic, visit:
* https://HBofM.org

Sep 12, 2014
The Youth All Stars Project of the SF Bay Area
24:57

The All Stars Project of the SF Bay Area is a program that transform the lives of youth ages 5-25 from poor communities using the developmental power of performance, in partnership with caring adults. This organization was started in NY and now has 7 locations across the U.S., and one in Uganda. In this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, host Joanne Greene welcomes the San Francisco/Oakland Director Joyce Dattner, and Program Director Dr. Elouise Joseph to discuss their programs, successes, and future.

This summer Eden hosted three youth from the Development School for Youth, a program of the All Stars Project; Addrell Coleman, Antonisha Crosley and Adriana Vazquez. Youth were able to gain hands-on experience while shadowing Eden staff in their day-to-day roles at Eden. Eden’s goal was to expose our DSY interns to multiple aspects of affordable housing and provide them with an educational and fulfilling work experience during the summer months. During a recent focus group with our interns, all three reported that their understanding and impression of affordable housing has changed for the positive as a result of their experience at Eden. They were impressed with not only the quality of the buildings, but also by our level of customer service, our amenities and our resident services programs. All three would also like to work at Eden in the future! We’d like to thank all of them for their great work, their dedication and their contributions this summer!

RESOURCES

* Listen to this and prior episodes of the Affordable Housing Podcast at EdenHousing.org
* Free subscriptions to the monthly Affordable Housing Podcast are available in iTunes
* For additional information on this topic, visit:
- http://AllStars.org

Aug 20, 2014
The Devastating Impacts of Concentrated Poverty – And What Can Be Done to Reverse the Trend
22:58

In August 2013, Dr. Lisa Sturtevant was named Executive Director of the Center for Housing Policy, the research division of the National Housing Conference. She's our featured guest on this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, brought to you by Eden Housing.

Host Joanne Greene discusses Dr. Sturtevant's research focusing on housing demographics, economic development & planning, and how those findings dictate her work.

RESOURCES

* Listen to this and prior episodes of the Affordable Housing Podcast at EdenHousing.org
* Free subscriptions to the monthly Affordable Housing Podcast are available in iTunes
* For additional information on this topic, visit:
- National Housing Conference http://www.nhc.org

May 06, 2014
How California's Housing Market is Failing to Meet the Needs of Low-Income Families
20:21

Since 1988, the California Housing Partnership Corporation - CHPC, has helped create and preserve more than 20,000 affordable homes in California and provided training and technical assistance to more than 10,000 individuals.

In this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast brought to you by Eden Housing, our guest is Matt Schwartz, President and CEO of CHPC.

Host Joanne Greene speaks with Matt about CHPC's recent report, "How California's Housing Market is Failing to Meet the Needs of Low-Income Families", his 20 years involved in the development, planning and financing of affordable housing in both the private and public sector, and his work with local government and nonprofit organizations on policy advocacy, technical assistance and training.

RESOURCES

* Listen to this and prior episodes of the Affordable Housing Podcast at EdenHousing.org
* Free subscriptions to the monthly Affordable Housing Podcast are available in iTunes
* For additional information on this topic, visit:
- California Housing Partnership Corporation http://www.chpc.net/
- The full report published in Feb2014:
http://www.chpc.net/dnld/CHPCHousingNeedReport020814FINAL.pdf

Feb 27, 2014
Children's Health and Affordable Housing
19:09

"A safe, decent, affordable home is like a vaccine -- it literally keeps children healthy," says Dr. Megan Sandel, Co-Principal Investigator at Children's Health Watch; Associate Professor of Pediatrics & Public Health at Boston University Schools for Medicine and Public Health; and Medical Director of the National Center for Medical-Legal Partnership. In this month's episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, Dr. Sandel joins host Joanne Greene in a lively and informative discussion on the impacts of what Dr. Sandel calls "housing insecurity"-- overcrowded conditions, frequent moves, unsafe or unsanitary conditions, and inability to keep up with rents--on the health of children, particularly those between the ages of zero and three.

RESOURCES

* Listen to this and prior episodes of the Affordable Housing Podcast at EdenHousing.org
* For additional information on this topic, visit:
* ChildrensHealthwatch.org
* Medical-LegalPartnership.org
* Free subscriptions to the monthly Affordable Housing Podcast are available in iTunes

Oct 10, 2013
Partnership for Children & Youth
20:56

Jennifer Peck, founding member and Executive Director of the Oakland, CA based Partnership for Children & Youth joins Affordable Housing Podcast host Joanne Greene to discuss this organization's services and accomplishments that started in 1997. Their primary goal is to connect schools and their community partners in underserved Bay Area communities with available public and private resources. They're also committed to improving the effectiveness of funding streams and services for low-income children so that all children have the learning, health and social support they need to succeed in school and in life.


RESOURCES
* Listen to this and prior episodes of the Affordable Housing Podcast on Eden Housing's website.
* For more information on Partnership for Children & Youth, please visit PartnerForChildren.org.
* For resources on back to school services you may also visit SummerMatters2You.net
* Free subscriptions to the monthly Affordable Housing Podcast are available on iTunes

Aug 28, 2013
The Needs of Low Income Seniors for Affordable Housing, Care and Supportive Services
29:12

Larry Minnix, President and CEO of Leading Age, a Washington, D.C. based association dedicated to making America a better place to grow old. LeadingAge focuses on advocacy, education and applied research, promoting adult day services, home health, hospice, community-based services, and Programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly, known as PAC. Host Joanne Greene invites Larry to discuss their work on senior housing, assisted living, continuing care communities, & nursing homes as well as technology solutions and practices that support the health and well-being of seniors, children and those with special needs.
LeadingAge members comprise 6,000 not-for-profit organizations, 39 state partners, hundreds of businesses, research partners, consumer organizations, foundations and a broad global network of aging services organizations that reach more than 30 countries.
Eden Housing has promoted senior housing and aging in place throughout its history.

RESOURCES
* Listen to this and prior episodes of the Affordable Housing Podcast on Eden Housing's website.
* For more information on Leading Age, please visit LeadingAge.org.
* Free subscriptions to the monthly Affordable Housing Podcast are available on iTunes

Jul 30, 2013
Challenges and Opportunities for Inclusionary Housing in California
29:17

Dianne Spaulding, Executive Director of the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California (NPH) returns to discuss the challenges and opportunities of inclusionary housing in California. Creatively implemented by cities and counties throughout the Country, inclusionary housing policies are an innovative solution to fund the development of greatly needed affordable housing for lower-income residents. These policies, tailored by local jurisdictions to meet their unique community needs, require developers to offer lower-priced units in otherwise market-rate developments, or encourage their inclusion through incentives.

NPH has gained a national reputation for many of its capacity building initiatives including the areas of technical assistance and training, inclusionary zoning, housing element campaigns, community acceptance strategies planning and other groundbreaking approaches to boosting the supply of affordable housing production.

RESOURCES
* Listen to this and prior episodes of the Affordable Housing Podcast on Eden Housing's website.
* For more information on Inclusionary Housing, please visit www.nhc.org.
* Free subscriptions to the monthly Affordable Housing Podcast are available on iTunes

May 24, 2013
California Housing Policy in the Post-Redevelopment Landscape with California Senator Mark DeSaulnier
13:49

When California's redevelopment agencies were eliminated, affordable housing took a crushing blow. Advocates throughout the State are mobilizing to create a new dedicated funding source for affordable housing through the California Homes and Jobs Act. On this episode of the Affordable Housing podcast, brought to you by Eden Housing, host Joanne Greene speaks to our guest California Senator Mark DeSaulnier, Chairman of the Housing and Transportation Subcommittee and sponsor of SB 391, the California Homes and Jobs Act. SB 391 is scheduled to be heard in the Senate Transportation and Housing Committee on April 9, 2013.

As chair of Transportation and Housing, Senator DeSaulnier has fought for greater accountability on the state's transportation infrastructure projects. Through other committee assignments Senator DeSaulnier has been a strong advocate for California's more vulnerable populations, introducing legislation to support underserved, homeless and foster youth.

In late 2011 - early 2012, the California Supreme Court rendered a set of decisions that resulted in the elimination of redevelopment agencies. That effectively eliminated a billion dollars a year that local governments were using to help create and preserve affordable housing. Senator DeSaulnier was a leader in efforts to save housing funding.

RESOURCES
* Listen to this and prior episodes of the Affordable Housing Podcast on Eden Housing's website.
* For more information on SB 391, please visit www.cahomesandjobsact.org.
* Free subscriptions to the monthly Affordable Housing Podcast are available on iTunes.

What topics and special guests would you like to see featured on the Affordable Housing Podcast? We want to hear from you! Send your ideas to Eden Housing's Communications Department.

Thank you for your continued support and partnership!

Mar 15, 2013
Sentinels of Freedom - Assisting Today's Veterans
22:51

Severely wounded American Veterans are returning home from years of service to our Country and facing huge challenges with housing, employment, and support services. Our guest on this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast is Mike Conklin, founder of the nonprofit organization Sentinels of Freedom. Mike, the father of three Army Rangers, describes to host Joanne Greene how Sentinels of Freedom connects permanently disabled Veterans with caring community volunteers who pool their resources to provide four years of housing, an accessible vehicle, a suitable job, ongoing community support, and self-sufficiency services.

For information on how to get involved, please visit http://SentinelsOfFreedom.org

Free subscriptions to the monthly Affordable Housing Podcast are available on iTunes.

For more information on the Affordable Housing Podcast, and to access our archives dating back to 2008, please visit http://EdenHousing.org.

Mar 11, 2013
State of Federal Housing Policy, with David Gasson of the Housing Advisory Group
23:30

This episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast kicks off our sixth year of podcasting with a look at the current state of federal housing policy and the challenges we face now and in the future. Our guest is David Gasson, Executive Director of the Housing Advisory Group, an organization founded in 1993 to advocate on behalf of affordable housing issues in Washington, D.C. Federal housing programs such as those administered by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), the mortgage interest deduction, and Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program (LIHTC) are discussed. Gasson is also the VP and Director of Corporate Communications for Boston Capital, a diversified, real estate investment and advisory firm, serving clients nationwide and internationally.

For more information on how you can help protect and preserve the Housing Credit, visit http://rentalhousingaction.org.

For more information on the Affordable Housing Podcast, and to hear past episodes, please visit http://EdenHousing.org

Jan 29, 2013
National Housing Conference with CEO Chris Estes
26:59

The National Housing Conference (NHC) has helped to ensure safe, decent and affordable housing for all people in the United States since 1931. This episode features a conversation with the new NHC President and CEO, Chris Estes. Chris speaks with host Joanne Greene about his new role, the current state of housing issues and challenges, and how we can all work toward more effective housing policy and improved federal funding.

http://www.nhc.org

For more information on the Affordable Housing Podcast, and to hear past episodes, please visit http://EdenHousing.org

Oct 30, 2012
Closing California's Digital Divide, with California Emerging Technology Fund, Comcast, and Eden Housing
43:45

The world has gone digital, and like everything else, access to digital technology and adoption isn't as accessible in low income communities. It is becoming increasingly imperative for educational advancement, health improvement, employment, and well-being to have access to a computer and the Internet. Nearly three of four California households have broadband Internet connections at home, which represents a 33 percent increase in home adoptions since 2008. California is leading the nation, but there is more work to do to connect unserved and underserved communities.

This special edition of the Affordable Housing Podcast brings you a panel discussion that highlights critical efforts and bold successes in bridging the digital divide. Guests include Luis Arteaga, Director of Emerging Markets of the California Emerging Technology Fund (CETF); Rachelle Chong, Regional Vice President of Government Affairs for Comcast's California region; Linda Mandolini, President of Eden Housing; and host Joanne Greene.


RESOURCES

· Learn more about CETF at CETF.org

· For more information about Internet Essentials which provides affordable Internet access, a low-cost computer, and free Internet training for eligible families,

o Call 1.855.846.8376 or visit internetessentials.com

o For Spanish speakers, call 1.855.765.6995 or visit Internetbasico.com

Sep 25, 2012
Affordable Housing in Australia, pt2
33:09

In this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, we travel back down under for part 2 of "Affordable Housing in Australia". We welcome back Ken Marchingo in a engaging discussion with host Joanne Greene about the Australia's housing landscape, the cost of not providing affordable housing, and how Haven; Home Safe partners with the government as a solution in affordable housing. Ken, founder and CEO of Haven; Home, Safe, is a pioneer in the field of social housing and housing affordability. Haven; Home, Safe is Australia's only vertically integrated affordable housing association and homelessness services provider.

For more information, visit:

www.ahuri.edu.au
www.haven.org.au
www.powerhousingaustralia.com

For more information about the Affordable Housing Podcast, please visit EdenHousing.org.

Aug 24, 2012
Improving Affordable Housing in the U.S.A., with David Smith
33:47

On this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, David Smith, founder and Chairman of Recap Real Estate Advisors shares his insights on current and potential initiatives to improve the health of affordable housing in the U.S.A. Smith is also founder of the global non-profit Affordable Housing Institute, which develops sustainable housing financial ecosystems worldwide.

For more information, visit:

* Recap Real Estate Advisors
* Affordable Housing Institute

For more information about the Affordable Housing Podcast, please visit http://EdenHousing.org.

Jul 23, 2012
Affordable Housing in Australia with Ken Marchingo
27:28

In this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast we travel down under to learn about affordable housing in Australia. Joining us is Ken Marchingo, founder and CEO of Haven; Home, Safe. Marchingo is a pioneer in the field of social housing and housing affordability. Haven; Home, Safe is Australia's only vertically integrated affordable housing association and homelessness services provider.

For more information about affordable housing in Australia, visit www.ahuri.edu.au.

To learn more about Haven; Home, Safe, visit haven.org.au.

For more information about the Affordable Housing Podcast, please visit EdenHousing.org.

Jun 20, 2012
Changing Behavior in Buildings for Climate Change, with Dr. Karen Ehrhardt-Martinez
25:31

Buildings account for 42% of all U.S. GHG emissions. Reducing occupant energy consumption through behavior change can significantly reduce the carbon footprint of buildings. Behavioral changes have little to no cost and require no regulation to achieve. Recent studies show that simply giving office building occupants a web page where they can track their energy usage can lead to a 15% reduction in individual usage. Also, it has been shown that when given feedback, college students reduce their energy usage by between 12-40%.

The Climate, Buildings, and Behavior (CBB) Project, a component of the Climate, Mind and Behavior (CMB) program at the Garrison Institute in New York, helps real estate developers, managers and owners to utilize knowledge from the neuro, behavioral and social sciences to design effective energy consumption behavior change programs. Karen Ehrhardt-Martinez, Ph.D discusses the work of the CMB with host Joanne Greene.

For more information on the CMB, visit:

http://www.garrisoninstitute.org/cmb-video
http://www.garrisoninstitute.org/cbb-video
http://www.garrisoninstitute.org/ccb-video

For more information about the Affordable Housing Podcast, please visit http://EdenHousing.org.

Apr 10, 2012
The 2012 Federal Budget and its Impact on Affordable Housing
17:15

In February 2012, President Obama submitted a $3.8 trillion budget to Congress with $4 trillion in long-term deficit reduction measures that included spending cuts, tax increases and other measures of tax reform. The President called for $44.76 billion to be spent on programs in the Department of Housing and Urban Development, a 3.2% increase over the previous year's budget.

Affordable Housing Podcast host Joanne Greene discusses the potential impact of these budgets with Ali Solis, Senior Vice President and Public Policy and Corporate Affairs Executive for Enterprise Community Partners.

For more information, visit http://EnterpriseCommunity.org or http://RentalHousingAction.org.

For more information about the Affordable Housing Podcast, please visit http://EdenHousing.org.

Feb 28, 2012
America's Youngest Outcasts 2010: The State of Childhood Homelessness in America with Dr. Ellen Bassuk
18:29

Homelessness is one of the sadder outcomes of our economic crisis. Child homelessness is, perhaps, the most tragic result. According to America's Youngest Outcasts 2010, a report by The National Center on Family Homelessness (NCFH), more than 1.6 million American children, or one in 45 children, are homeless each year - a 38% increase in child homelessness from 2007 to 2010.

On this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, we welcome back Dr. Ellen Bassuk, founder and president of NCFH and discuss highlights from this groundbreaking report, including trends in child and family homelessness across America and state and federal policy priorities for 2012.

For more information, visit
http://www.familyhomelessness.org.

Download a copy of the report and details regarding each state
http://www.homelesschildrenamerica.org/reportcard.php

For more information about the Affordable Housing Podcast, please visit http://EdenHousing.org.

Feb 08, 2012
Redevelopment Agencies - The Aftermath of the Supreme Court Decision
21:07

As part of its effort to balance the budget in 2011, the Governor and the State Legislature voted to eliminate local Redevelopment Agencies throughout the State of California. The legislation passed two trailer bills along with the budget - AB 1x26 eliminated redevelopment agencies and AB 1x27 would have allowed them to continue to exist if they made payments to the State to help balance the budget in this fiscal year and future years. The Redevelopment Agencies sued the State of California in an effort to strike down both pieces of legislation. On December 29th, the Supreme Court ruled that AB 26, the bill to eliminate redevelopment agencies is legal and struck down AB 27, ruling that under Proposition 22, it is illegal to force the localities to pay the State. This is the worst possible outcome for affordable housing because 20% of Redevelopment Funding, nearly $1 billion a year, was dedicated to affordable housing production in 400 jurisdictions throughout the State.

The Affordable Housing podcast has been following this issue closely and we have invited back Lynn Hutchins, a partner at Goldfarb and Lipman LLP, a leading redevelopment law firm in California, to discuss the short and long term implications of the Court's decision.

Previous Affordable Housing Podcast episodes on this subject can be listened to on Eden Housing's website at http://www.edenhousing.org/podcast.asp.

For more information, visit:

- Senator President Pro tem Darrell Steinberg's website http://sd06.senate.ca.gov/,
- Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California http://nonprofithousing.org,
- Housing California http://www.housingca.org, or
- Goldfarb and Lipman LLP http://goldfarblipman.com

For more information about the Affordable Housing Podcast, please visit http://EdenHousing.org.

Jan 28, 2012
Redevelopment Agencies Update, with Attorney Michael Kiely
19:20

Earlier this year, California passed two pieces of legislation - ABX 126 and 127 - that could have major consequences for affordable housing. On this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, we focus on the pending State Supreme Court decisions on the legality of these bills and, more generally, how the future looks for redevelopment agency financing. Host Joanne Greene speaks with Michael Kiely, a partner in the Real Estate and Land Use and Natural Resources Practice Groups of the firm Sheppard Mullin in Los Angeles. Michael has extensive experience in real estate development transactions with a public/private emphasis, including redevelopment, relocation, mixed-use and transit-oriented development projects, and public finance, including tax increment financing.

Michael is a regular blog contributor at http://SheppardMullin.com

For more information about the Affordable Housing Podcast, please visit http://EdenHousing.org

Dec 07, 2011
NeighborWorks America, with CEO Eileen Fitzgerald
24:51

Since 1968, NeighborWorks America has been a national leader in affordable housing and community development with a great track record of creating opportunities for lower income people to live in affordable homes in safe, sustainable neighborhoods. On this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, NeighborWorks Chief Executive Officer Eileen Fitzgerald discusses the organization's history, the housing challenges around the country, and how NeighborWorks is helping to revitalize and strengthen communities.

NeighborWorks America can be found at http://nw.org

For more information about the Affordable Housing Podcast, please visit http://EdenHousing.org

Oct 28, 2011
The Future of California's Low Income Lending and Housing with Claudia Cappio of CalHFA
18:42

Since 1975 California Housing Finance Agency (Cal HFA) has served first-time homebuyers by creating loans that meet the needs of lower income buyers and financing multi-family housing. In this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast from Eden Housing, host Joanne Greene speaks with Cal HFA Executive Director Claudio Cappio, recently appointed by Governor Brown, about the Cal HFA's programs, the housing challenges in California and her views on the current administration's thoughts on moving forward in the State's housing policies.

Visit http://calhfa.ca.gov.
For more information about the Affordable Housing Podcast, please visit http://EdenHousing.org

Sep 01, 2011
The Elimination of California Redevelopment Agencies with Lynn Hutchins
18:04

The State of California approved a budget that eliminates redevelopment agencies throughout the State. Agencies can "opt" to stay alive by making payments to the State that help fill the budget deficit. Lynn Hutchins of Goldfarb and Lipman, one of California's leading real estate law firms in affordable housing and redevelopment, joins host Joanne Greene to discuss the details.

For more information, visit http://www.calredevelop.org/, or http://goldfarblipman.com/.

For more information about the Affordable Housing Podcast, please visit http://EdenHousing.org.

Jul 26, 2011
Greening The Affordable Housing Portfolio - Panel Discussion
1:31:01

This month on the Affordable Housing Podcast, we present to you "Greening the Affordable Housing Portfolio: Upgrading Multi-Family Housing and Encouraging Tenant Involvement". This engaging panel discussion was held on May 13, 2011 during the San Francisco Bay Area's Affordable Housing Week, and was sponsored by Eden Housing, Enterprise Community Partners and StopWaste.org in coordination with the U.S. Dept of Housing and Urban Development and East Bay Housing Organizations. The event was hosted at Eden Housing's Eden Issei Terrace in Hayward, California, in order to highlight the 27 year old property's recent green and solar upgrades that have not only increased tenant comfort and reduced operations expenses, but will also help to sustain the property for the long term.

The Keynote address and panel moderation are provided by Ophelia Basgal, HUD Regional Director. Panelists included are Linda Mandolini, Executive Director of Eden Housing. Maryann Leshin, Director, Northern California Programs of Enterprise Community Partners, Inc., and Karen Kho, Senior Program Manager for StopWaste.Org.

Jun 24, 2011
Employment: A Remedy for Poverty and Homelessness
18:56

It is difficult to address affordable housing without considering the issues of poverty and unemployment. They're inextricably connected and, often, the most successful programs are those that address more than one aspect of the vicious cycle that prevents so many people from being able to attain the dignity and security that make for a productive life. This episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast features a conversation with Carla Javits, President of REDF - Roberts Enterprise Development Fund - which has pioneered a model to employ individuals who are overcoming chronic poverty, homelessness, criminal history, substance abuse or mental illness. REDF helps to create and grow "double bottom line" enterprises that earn income while employing people with high barriers.

For more information about REDF, please visit http://www.redf.org.

For more information about the Affordable Housing Podcast, please visit http://EdenHousing.org

May 18, 2011
The Future of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac
17:18

In this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, Barry Zigas, Director of Housing Policy for Consumer Federation of America, addresses President Obama's call for the unwinding of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac and the future of Government Sponsored Entities (GSEs).

For more information, visit the Housing page at http://consumerfed.org .

For more information about the Affordable Housing Podcast, http://EdenHousing.org .

Apr 29, 2011
Federal Housing Programs face Budget Cuts
22:29

EH#45 As we work to protect housing funding here in California, the Federal Government is working on the budget for Federal Housing Programs, many of which will also face cuts in the coming year. The ripple effects on affordable housing production look to be severe. In this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, Barbara Burnham, Vice President of Federal Policy for Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) in Washington DC, offers an overview of the 2011 and 2012 Federal Housing budgets being proposed by the House of Representatives and the Obama Administration.

More information can be found at LISC.org. A list of helpful websites can be found at http://edenhousing.org/library/helpfulwebsites.pdf

Listen to the Affordable Housing Podcast at edenhousing.org or subscribe for free on iTunes.

Mar 11, 2011
Green Buildings: It's not just the buildings, it's how we live in them that matters! A panel discussion on engaging residents and staff in creating greener communities
40:17

EH#44

How can we shift people's behavior in buildings to be greener? Three of the nation's leading experts in the field of affordable housing and green building, Linda Mandolini, Executive Director of Eden Housing; Dana Bourland, VP of Green Initiatives for Enterprise Community Partners; and Jonathon Rose, CEO and Founder of the Jonathon Rose Companies join host Joanne Greene for a lively panel discussion on engaging residents and staff to change their behavior to create healthier and greener buildings.

More information can be found at GarrisonInstitute.org and EnterpriseCommunity.org

Listen to the Affordable Housing Podcast at edenhousing.org or subscribe for free on iTunes.

Feb 25, 2011
New housing construction has positive economic impact
14:31

The nonprofit National Housing Conference helps ensure safe, decent and affordable housing for all by advocating for effective housing policy solutions at the local, state and national levels. Its research arm, the Center for Housing Policy, develops solutions. Keith Wardrip, Senior Research Associate at the Center for Housing Policy discusses with host Joanne Greene a recent report, “Building California’s Future”, that analyzed housing construction and its economic impact in California. The findings overall, indicated that California's economy benefits substantially when a new home is built even with the economic downturn and declining home values. For more information or to access the full report, visit the National Housing Conference website at www.nhc.org.

Listen to the Affordable Housing Podcast at edenhousing.org or subscribe for free on iTunes.

Jan 13, 2011
Update from HUD with Ophelia Basgal, Western Region Administrator
14:59

Ophelia Basgal, Regional Director for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Western Region, talks to host Joanne Greene about the mission of HUD mission and their priorities in the SF Bay Area and country, including sustainability, foreclosure prevention, and affordable housing preservation. For more information, go to www.HUD.gov.

Listen to current and prior episodes of the Affordable Housing Podcast at www.edenhousing.org or subscribe for free on iTunes.

Nov 30, 2010
Providing Comprehensive Care for Low Income Elderly
16:45

Executive Director of On Lok, Robert Edmondson, talks with host Joanne Greene about the PACE program which provides comprehensive care for low income elderly including medical, social and supportive services to frail seniors. Eden Housing is partnering with On Lok Lifeways on Peralta Senior Housing, a new community in Fremont that will provide 98 new affordable apartments for seniors. The project will also include 9,035 sq. ft. of clinic and day center space for On Lok Lifeways where the PACE program will be offered.

The Affordable Housing Podcast is a production of Eden Housing

Oct 29, 2010
HUD's proposed PETRA initiative
13:12

Chris Gouig, Executive Director of the Alameda County Housing Authority and host Joanne Greene discuss PETRA- the Preservation, Enhancement and Transformation of Rental Assistance Act - as proposed by the Obama Administration. Through PETRA, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development aims to preserve and renovate thousands of public housing units throughout the country For more go to www.HUD.org/petra.

The Affordable Housing Podcast is a production of Eden Housing

Sep 08, 2010
The Impact on Local Affordable Housing Issues by a Housing Trust Fund
20:44

Kevin Zwick, Executive Director of the Housing Trust of Santa Clara County (HTSCC) discusses with host Joanne Greene how HTSCC has invested over $33 million and leveraged more than $1.7 billion to create more than 7,800 housing opportunities. HTSCC's Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP2), funded by a $25 million federal grant, is helping to stabilize neighborhoods affected by the foreclosure crisis and helping low to moderate income earners purchase a home. Find out more at http://housingtrustscc.org/

The Affordable Housing Podcast is a production of Eden Housing

Jul 14, 2010
Preserving Over 2,000 Affordable Homes with Citizens Housing, Eden Housing, and Tenderloin Neighborhood Development
36:08

The downturn in the economy has created significant strain on many non-profit organizations, including non-profits that develop affordable housing. The economic situation that non-profit affordable housing developers face nationally and in the State of California is unprecedented. The single largest program that developers use, the Low Income Housing Tax Credit Program, has seen a drop in investment from $9 billion to $4 billion and the State’s primary funding program Proposition 1C is scheduled to run out of bond funds by year end. In the fall of 2009, Citizens Housing, a Bay Area based housing developer that owned more than 2,000 apartment units looked out at the challenges in the funding environment and decided that the long-term prospects for expansion were limited.

Rather than shrinking its operations to subsistence level or waiting for crisis, the Board made a difficult decision to go out of business while at the same time meeting the ultimate goal of assuring the long-term affordability and quality of their portfolio. They reached out to two local non-profits, Eden Housing and Tenderloin Neighborhood Development Corporation (TNDC) to help with the transition.

In this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, leaders from Citizens Housing, Eden Housing, and TNDC join host Joanne Greene in a panel discussion regarding Citizens’ recent transition that preserves over 2,000 affordable homes. They include:

-Noreen Beiro, Former Interim CEO for Citizens
-Don Falk, Executive Director of TNDC
-Dan Lopez, Interim CEO for Citizens and served 15 years on the Citizens Board, with the last 10 years as Board Chair
-Linda Mandolini, Executive Director of Eden Housing

The Affordable Housing Podcast is a production of Eden Housing

Jun 04, 2010
Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing "MASH" by PG&E
14:04

Pacific Gas and Electric Company is investing in a program that will help facilitate the adoption of solar technology in the multifamily affordable housing sector. Host Joanne Greene speaks to Andrew Yip, Supervisor of PG&E's Solar and Customer Generation Group about MASH, an acronym that stands for Multifamily Affordable Solar Housing Program. For more information on MASH, visit http://www.pge.com/csi/.

The Affordable Housing Podcast is a production of Eden Housing

Apr 26, 2010
Is there life after Proposition 1C, California's $2.1 Billion housing bond? A discussion of possible future options for state and local funding for affordable housing.
22:33

Years ago, California voters wisely passed two ballot initiatives - Props 46 and 1C - and the result was aa $4.1 Billion of affordable housing production. That funding is scheduled to run out at the end of 2010. This episode's guest is Dianne Spaulding, Executive Director of the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California, talks with host Joanne Greene about efforts to create another funding program.

The Affordable Housing Podcast is a production of Eden Housing

Mar 26, 2010
Deciphering the proposed 2011 HUD budget with Paul Weech
18:11

The proposed FY2011 Obama Administration's budget include strengthening the housing market, meeting affordable RENTAL housing needs, improving quality of life, continuing the Choice Neighborhood’s Initiative, and transforming the way HUD does business. Paul Weech, Senior Vice President for Policy, at the Housing Partnership Network and Stewards of Affordable Housing joins Joanne Greene of the Affordable Housing Podcast to help decipher what the new budget has in store for affordable housing advocates and nonprofit developers like Eden Housing. Paul is a federal housing policy advocate with more than 25 yrs of experience in housing & financial services. He was a consultant for Innovative Housing Strategies, served as VP for mission strategy & execution at Fannie Mae, chief of staff at the Small Business Administration, & staff director for the Subcommittee on Housing & Community Development for the Senate committee on Banking, Housing and Urban Affairs. For more information on the budget go to http://www.budget.gov or http://www.hud.gov

The Affordable Housing Podcast is a production of Eden Housing

Feb 12, 2010
Success Starts at Home
8:14

The American Dream as defined by Chinese immigrant Bailin Zheng consists of educating your children and having your own home. Scholarships have enabled Miriam Torres to graduate college and contribute enough for her family live in a safe environment. 94 year old Josephine Lopez believes that affordable housing has been a blessing to help her maintain independence.

These are a few of the Eden Housing residents you'll meet in this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast.

The success of Eden Housing would not be possible without the tireless efforts and generous contributions of our supporters. Please consider an annual gift to help us continue to improve the lives of countless people in need who seek nothing more than a safe home and a better life for themselves and their families. http://EdenHousing.org

Dec 17, 2009
HUD Multifamily Programs with Deputy Assistant Secretary Carol Galante
19:38

We are pleased this month to bring you an interview with Carol Galante, the Deputy Assistant Secretary for Multifamily Housing Programs of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Carol is also the former President and CEO of BRIDGE Housing and served as the second Executive Director of Eden Housing from 1982 to 1987. In this edition of the Affordable Housing Podcast, Carol talks about the Obama Administration’s efforts to promote and preserve affordable housing, the improvement of existing programs and new programs on the horizon.

The Affordable Housing Podcast is a production of Eden Housing

Nov 23, 2009
Promoting healthy, energy- and resource-efficient building practices
14:13

Bruce Mast, Program Director for Build It Green joins host Joanne Greene to talk about this membership supported, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting healthy, energy and resource-efficient building practices in California and beyond.

The Affordable Housing Podcast is a production of Eden Housing

Oct 21, 2009
Affordable housing for moderate income workers with Janine Cuneo
8:55
Affordable housing for moderate income workers, including teachers, nurses, firefighters, government workers and police officers affects about 40% of the population in high cost cities like Washington D.C, Boston, and San Francisco. Janine Cuneo, VP of Urban Land Institute Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing discusses their research on the relationship between the transportation costs and housing in the Washington DC area. They invite you to try the Terwilliger Housing + Transportation Calculator, which is a new tool designed to calculate combined housing and transportation costs in the greater Washington, D.C. region.
Sep 22, 2009
The California deficit impact on Redevelopment Agencies
13:27
California's Redevelopment Agencies quietly and effectively revitalize neighborhoods and are a vital tool for creating thousands of affordable housing units in California. Redevelopment Agencies stand to lose more than $2 billion over the next two years under the latest state budget. Host Joanne Greene talks to John Shirey, Executive Director of the California Redevelopment Association about the long term impact of these budget cuts on California's residents and communities.
Aug 18, 2009
Homeless Count 2009. Promising survey results over 2007 numbers
13:37
Elaine de Coligny, Executive Director of EveryOneHome shares the results of the 2009 Homeless Count for Alameda County with Joanne Greene. 200 volunteers surveyed over 1,200 individuals in January to update local data on how many people and the characteristics of those who are homeless and at-risk of homelessness. Their findings also examine housing situations ranging from on the streets, in shelters, at imminent risk of eviction, staying with friends or relatives on a temporary basis, and in permanent housing using local safety net services.
Aug 05, 2009
The impact of affordable housing on the well being of children and frail elderly
17:19
The negative impact of substandard housing on children and the frail elderly is tremendous. On the is episode of the Affordable Housing podcast, Joanne Greene speaks with Dr. Sandra Newman, Director and Professor of Policy Studies at John Hopkins University about her research on affordable housing and its impact on these two important elements of society.
Jun 16, 2009
Creating Energy Efficient Buildings through Stimulus Package with Dvora Lovinger
11:18
The federal economic recovery bill, also known as the Stimulus Package, provides unprecedented funding for building energy retrofits. On this episode of the Affordable Housing podcast, Joanne Greene speaks with Dvora Lovinger, Senior Director of Government Affairs for Enterprise Community Partners, about the specific programs that will help to rehabilitate public housing units, provide grants or loans to owners of "HUD-assisted" housing, help low income homeowners to weatherize their homes, and more.
Jun 01, 2009
How Banks Help Customers Facing Foreclosure
9:24
Partnerships are key to the development of affordable housing and lenders like Wells Fargo Bank play an indispensable role in insuring that projects are completed and services are provided to residents. These days, banks also play an important role in helping customers to understand their options when they're unable to make payments on their mortgage loans. In this episode of the Affordable Housing podcast, host Joanne Greene speaks with Eden Housing Board member Tim Silva, Senior Vice President and Regional Director of Community Development for Wells Fargo Bank, who explains what the bank is doing to assist customers in avoiding foreclosure.
May 18, 2009
Stimulus Money for Broadband Access
15:10
Internet access and computer education are key components to the services provided to residents of affordable housing developments. In this episode of the Affordable Housing podcast, Joanne Greene speaks with Alan Greenlee, Vice President of One Economy California, an organization that helps to provide broadband access to low income individuals and other underserved populations. Alan speaks about the funds allocated to broadband in the federal economic stimulus package approved by Congress.
May 04, 2009
Lessons from the Housing Crisis
10:51
There's much to be learned from the current housing crisis, according to Wellesley College Economist Karl Case. In this episode of the Affordable Housing podcast, he and host Joanne Greene discuss how we can move forward and take advantage of some of what's happened to create more affordable housing. Case say the primary lessons are that markets don't solve all problems, housing prices don't always go up, and the use of leverage must be controlled.
Apr 20, 2009
"America's Youngest Outcasts" - Report on Child Homelessness
9:48
California ranks 48th in the new state report card on child homelessness, "America's Youngest Outcasts". In this episode of the Affordable Housing podcast, Joanne Greene speaks with Ellen Bassuk, president of the National Council on Family Homelessness, about the new study, how homelessness impacts children adversely, and what is being done throughout the country to address this growing problem, particularly in view of the increased number of home foreclosures.
Apr 06, 2009
Impact of Economy on SF Bay Area Real Estate
11:03
Though credit has been extremely tight, there has been plenty of activity of late in the San Francisco Bay Area real estate market. In this episode of the Affordable Housing podcast, Joanne Greene speaks with David Stark, Public Affairs Director for the Bay East Association of Realtors, a trade association serving over 5000 real estate professionals throughout the Bay Area. With a special focus on central and southern Alameda County, Stark assesses the market, what we can anticipate in the months to come, and the impact of foreclosures on the sale of homes.
Mar 23, 2009
Fannie / Freddie Foreclosure Relief Plan
12:02
Details of President Obama's foreclosure relief plan have been announced and on this episode of the Affordable Housing podcast, George Duarte, Vice Chairman of the California Association of Mortgage Brokers, explains how the plan will assist some homeowners in avoiding foreclosure. From his vantage point as both a mortgage and real estate broker, Duarte offers an assessment of where we are in the credit crunch and how things are moving.
Mar 09, 2009
Foreclosures: Local Impact/Local Strategies
10:32
There's much that can be done on the county and city level to aid those who face foreclosure. In this episode of the Affordable Housing podcast, Contra Costa County Supervisor John Gioia talks about counseling to help residents to maintain their homes as well as efforts to deal with the numerous homes that have been lost in the crisis and are now empty. Supervisor Gioia addresses short term as well as long term solutions to the problem and shares his optimism that things will improve in the new presidential administration.
Feb 24, 2009
The impact of affordable housing on children's health
9:32
In her work leading the Child Health Impact Assessment Working Group, Dr. Lauren Smith, Medical Director of the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, has uncovered many links between safe, appropriate affordable housing and children's health. In this episode of the Affordable Housing podcast, Dr. Smith explains the ways in which children's health suffers when they're denied stable housing and how connecting the dots will hopefully inform policy to improve access to acceptable affordable housing for low income families.
Feb 09, 2009
Affordable Housing in the Economic Stimulus package
11:46
Substantial investment in affordable housing constitutes economic stimulus that would create not only housing but jobs. In California alone, there are more than 32,000 shovel ready affordable homes that could be started this year, leading to the creation of an estimated 37,000 badly needed jobs. Matt Schwartz, President of the California Housing Partnership Corporation, explains the provisions in the stimulus package that would be most beneficial for affordable housing and asks all advocates to contact their representatives and senators as soon as possible to ask that these funding measures be included.
Jan 22, 2009
Destination: Home - Efforts to End Homelessness
13:51
While an increasing number of families face foreclosure, Santa Clara County's Blue Ribbon Commission to End Homelessness is doing all it can to provide coordinated services to get people into transitional and permanent housing. Santa Clara County Supervisor Don Gage describes how they've made significant progress is getting access to free transportation for homeless community members, lowering the turnaround time for getting food stamps, and providing job counseling and assistance. Visit destinationhome.ning.com to learn more.
Jan 12, 2009
Strategies for ending affordable housing crisis
10:03
In an effort to end America's affordable housing crisis, the National Low Income Housing Coalition has set an ambitious goal: to build, rehabilitate and preserve 1.5 million affordable rental units. Its president, Sheila Crowley, shares the history of the affordable housing crisis in America, her perspective on the progress made in addressing the problem, and ways in which her organization plans to help the incoming Obama administration develop housing trust fund regulations and protect Freddie Mac and Fannie Mae as initial sources of funding.
Dec 29, 2008
Andre Shashaty, Founder and 15 year editor, Affordable Housing Finance
11:30
The subprime and foreclosure crises are clues to the deep-rooted housing crisis that has plagued our nation for decades. In this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, Andre Shashaty, founder and editor for 15 years of Affordable Housing Finance, shares the advice given to the Obama administration about housing and HUD, the federal department of Housing and Urban Development. Shashaty concludes that HUD needs to be made a much higher priority and be overhauled in order to address fundamental issues. He addresses the Low Income Tax Credit program and the need for more rental and affordable housing in the U.S.
Dec 15, 2008
Help for Homeowners Fearing Foreclosure
13:32
With proper guidance and assistance, many homeowners can avoid foreclosure even when all signs point to losing their homes. Ken Wade, CEO of NeighborWorks America, supports a network of more than 240 affordable housing and community development organizations serving over 4,000 communities. In this podcast episode, he addresses the state of the housing crisis in the U.S. and what's being done, with the help of $4 million in grants from HUD, to help existing and prospective homeowners understand the mine fields and navigate their way through to successful home ownership.
Nov 17, 2008
Dianne Spaulding, Executive Director Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California
18:18
One of the major policy tools to address the affordable housing crisis is inclusionary housing, also called inclusionary zoning. These ordinances require or encourage market rate developers to include a percentage of homes in their projects - often 10-20% - that will be affordable to low and moderate income households.On this episode of the Affordable Housing podcast, Joanne speaks with Dianne J. Spauling, Executive Director of the NonProfit Housing Association of Northern California (NPH), about the history of inclusionary housing, what works and what doesn't, and how it is helping to increase the supply of affordable housing in California.
Nov 03, 2008
Foreclosure Impact and Permanent Funding with Lynne Jacobs, Dir., CA Housing & Community Develop.
10:46
Prior to the current foreclosure crisis, countless working Californians were not earning enough money to afford decent housing. While Proposition 1C created bonds to fund affordable housing, that money will run out. Lynne Jacobs, Director of the California Department of Housing and Community Development, discusses efforts to secure a permanent source of funding on this episode of the Affordable Housing podcast. Once a permanent funding source is in place, housing advocates won't have to return to the voters every few years to make their case. In conversation with host Joanne Greene, Jacobs also describes the successful programs currently funded through Proposition 1C and administered by the State.
Oct 20, 2008
Transit Based Development with James Corless, Senior Planner with the Metropolitan Transit Commission
17:43
Those who build and manage affordable housing developments for low income families, seniors, and adults with disabilities prioritize locating this housing near good public transit. In the nine-county San Francisco Bay Area, the Metropolitan Transit Commission (MTC) studies, develops and finances transit systems and is a key player in advocating for the development of transit-based housing. On this episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, MTC Senior Planner James Corless describes how the Bay Area's transit systems stack up against other areas around the country, how those systems can be improved, and what's being done to encourage transit-based affordable housing development. He and host, Joanne Greene, also discuss the upcoming Rail Volution conference, October 26-30, 2008 in San Francisco.
Oct 06, 2008
Government Funding with California State Assembly Member Alberto Torrico
8:57
With a pervasive budget crisis in the state of California filtering down to the counties and cities, it's hard to be hopeful about the continued funding of affordable housing projects. Yet state Assembly member Alberto Torrico is very optimistic. In this episode of the "Affordable Housing" podcast, Torrico proposes an alternative method to secure a continuous flow of funding that would involve a flat fee on all real estate transactions in the state. Torrico authored a bill that was signed by Governor Schwarzenegger last year that defers fees for developments where at least 49% of the units are low or very low income housing. Deferring these fees improves the feasibility of affordable housing projects by reducing the amount of money the develop must borrow during construction.
Sep 22, 2008
Green Building with Eden Housing Senior Project Developer Katie Lamont
15:44
In the eight years that Senior Project Developer Katie Lamont has been developing affordable housing in California, environmental responsibility has been at the forefront of priorities. The challenge is that building "green" is often more expensive and funders want to stretch their investment dollars as far as possible. On all projects developed by Eden Housing, certain measures are a given - double pane windows are installed, for instance, and faucets, toilets and shower heads conserve water. While energy efficiency is a prime concern, indoor air quality is equally important in building design. Learn what it takes to design cost effective, environmentally responsible affordable housing on this episode.
Sep 08, 2008
S.F. Bay Area Housing Crisis — Phase 1
11:54
Cultural journalist Carol Lloyd began writing her "Surreal Estate" column on the Bay Area housing crisis in the SF Chronicle during the dot.com bust. As she completed her final column recently and was interviewed for the "Affordable Housing" podcast, she spoke about the unique challenges faced by home buyers and renters in SF, how the local market is more resilient than in other areas, and why she anticipates a second phase of the housing crisis where building will be stalled and there will too little available housing.
Aug 25, 2008
Changes to the Tax Credit Program with Ronne Thielen, President of the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition
16:49
The new landmark federal legislation known as the Foreclosure Relief and Prevention Act includes major changes to the low-income tax credit program that fuels affordable housing. On this episode, Ronne Thielen, President of the Affordable Housing Tax Credit Coalition and Managing Director of Centerline Capital Corporation, explains the basics of the tax credit program, the changes that have now been passed, how the current financial market impacts tax credits, and how new provisions will make it easier to build and manage tax credit properties.
Aug 08, 2008
Bridging the Digital Divide with Sunne McPeak, President of CETF
17:41
Providing a roof and a stable home is step one. These days, affordable housing advocates are going beyond that and providing additional services to help residents improve their economic standing and broaden their options. As the former California State Secretary of Business, Transportation and Housing, Sunne Wright McPeak is all too familiar with the challenges of affordable housing. In her current role as President and CEO of the California Emerging Technology Fund, McPeak is leading an effort to bridge the digital divide and bring broadband access across all demographic groups in California in the next five years. In this episode of the "Affordable Housing Podcast", McPeak addresses programs, like Eden Housing's Digital Connectors, that teach residents in low income housing developments about computers and the Internet. She cites research that unequivocally demonstrates how teaching computer literacy to young people empowers their families to be able to take advantage of what our digital economy has to offer.
Jul 28, 2008
Funding Models with Carol Galante, President of Bridge Housing
10:56
Having co-chaired California's successful bond measure campaign which allocated $2.85B for affordable housing, Carol Galante, President of Bridge Housing, understands the need for a permanent funding source. In this episode of the Affordable Housing podcast, Carol explains how the current model is complex and inefficient, with funding provided by multiple sources on a per project basis. She explores potential approaches for creating a permanent funding source including adding statewide recording fees when properties are sold and/or increasing the fees that local redevelopment agencies pay to the state.
Jul 14, 2008
Role of Business with Carl Guardino, President of SVLG
13:52
CEOs interested in preserving their workforce are motivated to impact public policy in the area of affordable housing. Carl Guardino, President of the Silicon Valley Leadership Group, believes that business leaders can play a pivotal role both at the grass roots level and as well at raising funds that can support development. In this episode of the "Affordable Housing" podcast, Guardino talks about how important an available housing pool is to the business community and how various strategies are developed to help projects receive approval. He speaks, about the Housing Leadership Council and the first ever volunteer funded Housing Trust Fund, which has amassed $30 million of funds for home ownership, affordable rentals, and housing for the homeless.
Jun 30, 2008
A Developer's Perspective with Rick Holliday, President of Holliday Development
12:27
Affordable housing has come a long way since the late 1970's when Rick Holliday served as the first paid Executive Director of Eden Housing. These days, he's a successful for-profit developer in the San Francisco region, well respected for bringing NY style lofts to the Bay Area. In this episode, Rick discusses the evolution of affordable housing and the kinds of partnerships that are necessary to fund and build developments that provide low income and workforce housing. He talks about the unique role of non-profit organizations and how they interface with government agencies. Finally, Rick addresses the role of for-profit developers now and moving forward in supporting the growth and sustainability of affordable housing.
Jun 16, 2008
Activist Roots with Eden Housing Board member William Vandenburgh
13:37
The roots of the affordable housing movement, at least in the San Francisco Bay Area, are found in activist circles. Back in the 1960's a group of ministers and concerned lay people gathered to see what they could do to protect low income families from being victimized by housing discrimination. They embarked on a few projects, hiring minority contractors to renovate homes and then helped a few families to purchase those homes. It was a bold experiment that paved the way for Eden Housing to accomplish much in its first forty years. In this episode of the Affordable Housing podcast, William Vandenburgh, a current and original board member of Eden Housing, describes the roots of the movement and what the issues are that currently need attention.
Jun 02, 2008
Affordable Housing and the Subprime Crisis with Linda Mandolini, Eden Housing E.D.
13:30
Even in a booming economy, there are many who fall through the cracks and need assistance in procuring appropriate, affordable housing. In this inaugural episode of the Affordable Housing Podcast, brought to you by Eden Housing, Eden's Executive Director, Linda Mandolini, describes why such housing is critically important, who is eligible, and how the recent subprime mortgage crisis is impacting the industry. Home ownership clearly isn't for everyone and it's important for people to be financially literate so that they won't fall prey to unrealistic loan products and those who sell them. Part of what Eden and other affordable housing nonprofits do is to counsel tenants and provide a range of support services to help people enhance their lives and increase their options for success.
May 20, 2008