Housing News Roundup: November 22, 2017
New Primary Care Clinic Will Serve Public Housing Residents
A new primary care clinic in Topeka, Kansas, will serve the city’s largest housing authority site, with Washburn University’s School of Nursing partnering to provide the medical staff. Residents will now have easy access to care, and the clinic will be mutually beneficial to them and to nursing students in training. “We know of no other such clinic in the nation,” said Shirley Dinkel, a professor at the school. “Now, we have a true community and academic partnership that’s co-creating a new culture of health for the people who live here.”
Source: The Topeka Capital-Journal
Are Land Contracts Being Used as a Tool for Segregation?
Land contracts, or “rent-to-own” arrangements that some economists consider to be a form of predatory lending, are common in Cleveland neighborhoods where African Americans have historically been concentrated because of race-based housing policy. Many homes are being sold on land contract in Cuyahoga County, which Cleveland advocates view as a growing problem. The scope is difficult to measure, as there are no legal consequences for failing to record land contracts.
Connecting the Homeless to Needed Services
This winter, El Dorado County’s Continuum of Care will put in place a “coordinated entry process” for agencies involved in addressing homelessness. A new registration process will allow agencies to collect more information about the homeless seeking help and will prioritize them based on specific needs. “I think the more information we can gather on painting an individual’s story or the collective story of the issues that are facing homeless individuals in our community, we can, one, assist them better and, two, provide opportunities better,” said Nicole Zaborsky, a board member on the Tahoe Coalition for the Homeless.
Source: Tahoe Daily Tribune