Jeff Smith to Speak on Affordable Housing

Former Missouri state senator Jeff Smith, Executive Director of the Missouri Workforce Housing Association (MOWHA), is the special guest speaker for the August 11 meeting of Empower Missouri’s Affordable Housing and Homelessness Task Force. MOWHA fights to preserve and strengthen Missouri affordable housing programs, and Smith will share some of the successful strategies being used by this 175-organization coalition.

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In addition to his work at MOWHA, Smith is Professor of Politics and Advocacy The New School’s Urban Policy graduate program. He has also taught at Washington University (where he received the Dean’s Award for Teaching Excellence) and Dartmouth College.

Jeff represented St. Louis City in the Missouri Senate from 2006-2009. He has written three books: Trading Places, his Ph.D. thesis on modern U.S. partisan realignment, Mr. Smith Goes to Prison (St. Martin’s, 2015), a call for prison reform based on his incarceration, and Ferguson in Black and White, an historical analysis of the roots of Ferguson, Missouri’s unrest. His writing has been published in various political science journals, including Political Research Quarterly, Political Science Quarterly, and The Forum, as well as in The New York Times, New York Magazine, Politico Magazine, The AtlanticThe New Republic, CNN.com, Inc.National JournalSalon, and the Chicago Tribune. He lives outside New York City with his wife & two toddlers.

Additional agenda items for August 11, include:

  • Update on HOME and the National Housing Trust Fund from the National Low-Income Housing Coalition (we anticipate Dan Emanuel of NLIHC will join us by phone or video)
  • Regulation on Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing and its impact on our task force
  • HUD study on Section 8 vouchers as the best tool to address homelessness
  • HUD Inspector General Report stating that higher income public housing residents should be encouraged to leave – is this a good idea?

The meeting will be held 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. at the Empower Missouri Headquarters, 308 E. High Street, Suite 100, Jefferson City, MO. Those unable to travel to Jefferson City may join in two different ways:

  • By telephone – dial 712-432-1500 and then enter the passcode 167856#
  • By Google Talk-  http://bit.ly/1K4rngb

Please RSVP regarding your attendance to jeanette@empowermissouri.org.

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