The Holistic Housing Podcast
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The Holistic Housing Podcast Connecting community. Sharing ideas. Finding solutions. The Holistic Housing Podcast brings together thought leaders, policy makers and program implementers across the affordable housing, community development and economic development field. Guests discuss their experiences and solutions on topics like gentrification, workforce development, homelessness, urban revitalization, sustainability, placemaking, the American Dream and so much more. Through these conversations, we illustrate how housing affects quality of life and in turn, every individual’s ability to lead a successful life.
||CleanRock 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. Plus, he teaches us new words like “sniglets” and “metropollyanna.” The Angels receive more fan mail, discuss first jobs and favorite home appliances, and debut brand new, hard-hitting questions (Which would you rather fight in hand-to-hand combat – an alien or a zombie?). Follow us on Twitter at @HousingPodcast and subscribe and rate the show wherever you listen. And send us a note at firstname.lastname@example.org!||1/18/2019||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanContested 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 stagnation. Her book asks, how can we create a public planning ecosystem where people can disagree, with respect? Visit ContestedCityBook.com to learn more and check out her work with Buscada. Plus, we read a hand-typed letter from podcast superfan David Sacks; divulge almost too much information about our mysterious friend @AnimalHoPo (who gave us a goats-in-trees 2019 calendar, naturally); reflect on a great year, and debut a few new questions for our guests (When you see a dog, what do you say?). Follow the show on Twitter at @HousingPodcast. And don’t forget to subscribe and give us a good rating – even if that means sending us a letter in the mail (thanks, David!).||12/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanExpanding 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 Americans, including overcoming NIMBYism, restrictive zoning and generational divides that lead to a lack of housing. Also, learn the answer to, why the heck is it called the “Tenderloin District?” And, in this special election week episode, find out which NACCED member won her city council race (oh yeah!) and what movie taglines Laura, Sarah and Heather can claim as their life’s theme (and you can, too!). Follow us on Twitter at @HousingPodcast and don’t forget to subscribe and give us a big ol’ 5 star rating!||11/9/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA 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 auspicious beginning as President of the student housing co-op at his undergrad alma mater, UC Berkley. Plus, learn whether Peter can do a South African accent; who his extremely well-known mentor at the University of Chicago was (and whether this person offered him a stay in the Lincoln bedroom in later years); his work founding the ACTION campaign; and what tax credit programs, beyond LIHTC, could ameliorate America’s affordable housing needs. Special thanks to Novogradac & Company LLC for sponsoring this episode!||10/12/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPublic 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 excitement about the show’s mention in a recent Washington Post article about White House staffer Ja’Ron Smith, which was based almost entirely on the show we did with him last fall. Hey-o! Then, Charlie’s Angels discuss not one, but two pickle-based seasoning methods (thanks, KFC). And anyway, does Ben think a hot dog is a sandwich – or maybe it’s a hand-wich? At the very least, we know where the best dog in Chicago is – Portillo’s, started by a former Cabrini-Green resident. Be sure to catch Ben at NACCED’s annual conference coming up Sept. 23-26 in Minneapolis, MN, where he will be the keynote speaker and signing books. While there, you’ll have a chance to bid on a special Holistic Housing Show bundle during the silent auction – including a $50 gift certificate and t-shirt from our studio/restaurant, Chatter, and the opportunity to call into the show on a future episode!||9/7/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDoug 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 cream) Whale? And is Doug a punk rock guy at heart? Bonus game time: Charlie’s Angels try to stump Doug with true and false facts about manufactured housing (does Kid Rock live in a manufactured home? Should you visit the RV hall of fame? Tune in to find out!). The Angels also mark the podcast’s one-year anniversary and regale the audience with tales of taking former #housingpodcast guests out to eat hot dogs at Ben’s Chili Bowl to celebrate. Many shameless plugs for the upcoming annual conference (#NACCED18!) are made. Register for the 2018 NACCED Conference, Sept. 23-26 in Minneapolis, MN: https://www.nacced.org/page/Annual2018 Follow us on Twitter: @HousingPodcast||8/10/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanBuilding 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 the grocery store yell at you), her life-changing experience riding a train cross country for the “Millenial Train Project” and how everyone has the ability to change the world they live in, right where they are. Also, Charlie’s Angels dish on NACCED’s cowboy-tastic summer meeting in Nashville and give you tips on what to do if a wild cougar takes a nap in your living room (don’t try to remove it via telepathy). Special thanks to our sponsor, the Regional Development Funding Corporation of Pittsburgh! https://rdfcpgh.wordpress.com/about/ Register for the 2018 NACCED Conference, Sept. 23-26 in Minneapolis, MN: https://www.nacced.org/page/Annual2018 Follow us on Twitter: @HousingPodcast||7/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanJack 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 world. Plus, learn about his teenage years in Miami where he may or may not have worn shoulder pads and pink blazers, and if, given a magic wand, what he’d do to CDBG (spoiler alert: double it). Plus Charlie’s Angels discuss the absurdity of “IHOB” and other marketing campaign failures, the discovery that a Seattle hot dog includes cream cheese and grilled vegetables, and a shout out to a very special listener who has been inspired to see what she can do to address housing issues in her community. Don’t forget to subscribe to the show, rate us, and follow us on Twitter at @HousingPodcast!||6/15/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe 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 tackle issues like whether ketchup ice cream is worth trying and whether Harry and Meghan are going to last. And don’t forget to listen all the way to the end for a special bonus conversation with one of Pittsburgh’s favorite sons, NACCED Board Member Jim Johnston, who is, as it turns out, highly superstitious when it comes to hockey.||5/18/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanDon’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 coming up with a theme song on the spot. Plus, find out what Diane’s TED talk would be about, hear Laura do a terrible impression of a robot, and Sarah reveals she has an alternate personality that only comes out at the beach. As usual, Heather asks all the smart questions. What a show!||4/27/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA 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 profession (because it’s everything from rehabilitating inmates to improving sidewalks), the importance of understanding each communities’ culture, and most importantly, why we’re all in this together. Plus, Heather and Laura reveal their new theme songs, the team debates the merits of Sonic’s new pickle juice slushie, everyone celebrates the increase in CDBG funding, and we roll out some new and surprising questions, like – is ravioli a pop tart? This episode feels like a conversation with friends – typical of this great, big NACCED family!||3/23/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanPutting 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 exports (donuts and tobacco), and how Jon may be a “Simple Man” (according to his theme song) but according to her Chinese zodiac, Laura is just “simple-minded.” The NACCED team also tries to stump Jon with a game of “Trump Quotes: Real or Fake?” Also discussed: why it’s generally good advice to avoid “ecstatic love traps,” no matter your Chinese zodiac sign.||2/16/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||Clean“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||1/19/2018||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA 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 and why a NACCED conference after party is the best after party around.||12/14/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanR-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?||11/17/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanThe Ja’Ron Smith Guide to Self-Actualization||On this episode, Sarah and Laura are joined by Ja’Ron Smith, the Director of Urban Affairs and Revitalization at the Executive Office of the President. Ja’Ron shares how his experience growing up amidst poverty in Cleveland shaped his determination to make a difference in Washington, where he now works in the White House on domestic policy issues ranging from infrastructure to prison reform. Learn about the administration’s goal to bring all voices to the table when it comes to developing affordable housing policy that works, what Tupac can teach you about self-actualization, and just how desperate Laura is to attend the White House Christmas party.||10/27/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanKaty Perry, Meditation, and Tax Reform||On this episode of the Holistic Housing Show, the NACCED team is joined by Eric Enderlin and Elizabeth Strojan from the New York City Housing Development Corporation. Eric, NYCHDC's President, and Elizabeth, NYHCD's Director of Government Affairs, share what led them to work in affordable housing, why access to fair housing matters for all people, and what's so great about the LIHTC program. Plus, find out what their theme song is! And why does Elizabeth like jazzercise so much?||9/29/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanCliff Taffet Kicks it Off||The Holistic Housing Podcast Connecting community. Sharing ideas. Finding solutions. In the Holistic Housing Podcast’s inaugural episode, Laura, Heather and Sarah are joined by Cliff Taffet, who recently retired after 26 years at HUD, where he served as General Deputy Assistant Secretary. We asked what led him to HUD (spoiler alert: avocado farming), what he’d do with a magic wand and his advice for a younger generation. You don’t want to miss it! The Holistic Housing Podcast brings together thought leaders, policy makers and program implementers across the affordable housing, community development and economic development field. Guests discuss their experiences and solutions on topics like gentrification, workforce development, homelessness, urban revitalization, sustainability, placemaking, the American Dream and so much more. Through these conversations, we illustrate how housing affects quality of life and in turn, every individual’s ability to lead a successful life.||8/18/2017||Free||View in iTunes|
Informative and entertaining. Looking forward to more.
Great first podcast, can't wait to hear more.
Love the conversation! In depth, but also fun and funny. Good job, Laura, Heather, and Sarah!! Looking forward to more.