Philanthropy Now podcast: Why we need to think about housing differently

Scholar, teacher and activist Alex Schafran tells a powerful story of "the suburbanization of poverty, the failures of regional planning, urban sprawl, NIMBYism and political fragmentation between middle class white environmentalists and communities of color," in his recent book The Road to Resegregation: Northern California and the Failure of Politics.

In this episode, Schafran and SVCF Housing and Transportation Program Officer Vinita Goyal share their thoughts on recent housing successes, including legislative wins at the state level. They also discuss the well known "3 Ps" housing framework which focuses on protection, preservation and production, and tackle big questions like what to prioritize and how to incorporate diverse perspectives.

In our Philanthropy Now podcast series, we explore trends in the world of philanthropy, social impact initiatives in Silicon Valley and beyond, and we look at how SVCF promotes innovative philanthropic solutions to challenging problems.

Vinita Goyal, SVCF Housing and Transportation Program Officer,
and Alex Schafran, scholar, teacher and activist.


What you will learn:

  • How “protection, preservation and production” compares to “reduce, reuse and recycle”.
  • How Schafran views the current crisis as an opportunity for the real estate industry, lenders, housing and land use regulators, elected officials and others to think about how we can produce housing differently and embed the value of protection into new housing.
  • Why there is intense division around some housing legislation, even among people who share similar values.

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