Intersections in Public Service

Intersections in Public Service

By Weldon Cooper Center
Produced by the Weldon Cooper Center Media Team, this monthly podcast takes a look at the most pressing issues facing our community, how public servants of all kinds are trying to address them, and what you can do to help.
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Affordable Housing pt. 3 - Episode 3
In episodes 1 and 2 of 'Intersections in Public Service', we established some key causes and effects of the affordable housing crisis. We aimed to put on spotlight on public servants providing solutions. In this episode, we find out how people like you can get involved in helping address the housing crisis. We went back and found out how you can help out with the Salvation Army and Habitat for Humanity.  We also explore the Center for Survey Research's brand new project to help Central Virginians get involved in serving their community. In order for governments to make the best decisions, they need to have the best possible data. Survey research has become more and more expensive as traditional means of reaching people has become more difficult. That’s where Tom Guterbock comes in. He’s creating a new way for governments to get survey data: BeHeardCVA. Residents of Central Virginia are able to sign up, and later BeHeard will send them surveys with incentives. This allows residents to have their voices heard and allows the Cooper Center to collect accurate data quickly and cheaply. Website Youtube Music: bensound.com
22:57
May 30, 2019
Affordable Housing pt. 2 - Episode 2
In this episode we’re continuing our multi-part series on how public servants are addressing the massive issue of affordable housing in Central Virginia. In episode one, Ed Olsen discussed one of the major causes of the problem, while Antonio Rice showed us the effects. For episode two, we talked with a public servant who had a vision to be a huge part of the solution: Dan Rosensweig. Dan Rosensweig is the executive director at Habitat for Humanity of Greater Charlottesville, which is one of the largest and most forward thinking branches of Habitat in the country. Dan is leading the Charlottesville Habitat in an entirely new direction. Rather than addressing housing one home at a time, they’re now beginning to impact Central Virginia housing on a larger scale. Under its "New Paradigm" program, Habitat is renovating entire communities and taking a much more holistic approach to addressing the needs of the families that they partner with. Terry Rephann, regional economist at the Center for Economic Policy Studies, also joins us to discuss his economic impact study on Habitat, which confirms the very positive results of Habitat. Website Youtube Research for this episode: Daily Progress Cavalier Daily  National Low Income Housing Coalition  Charlottesville Habitat for Humanity Economic Impact Study Further Reading: Cooper Center's Center for Economic Policy Studies Music: bensound.com
36:52
May 30, 2019
Affordable Housing pt. 1 - Episode 1
This episode starts a multi-part series on how public servants are addressing the massive issue of affordable housing in Central Virginia. Throughout the series, the podcast will dive into what’s causing the problem, what its effects have been, what the solutions are, and how you can get involved. On this episode, we discuss the cause of the problem with UVa Economics Professor Ed Olsen, while Antonio Rice of the Charlottesville Salvation Army gives us a look into some of its effects. Ed Olsen breaks down the challenges with current affordable housing policy. His research shows that unit-based housing assistance is drastically less efficient than household-based housing assistance. Olsen argues for switching to an entitlement-based voucher program and to include more homeowners. He claims that with a few simple changes, we can serve upwards of 72% more people. Antonio Rice has seen many of the effects of the housing problem first hand as the Director or Operations at the Charlottesville Salvation Army. The biggest problem with a lack of affordable housing is homelessness, and that's what Antonio seeks to address at his shelter. With an exceptionally holistic approach, Antonio's shelter and other like it have managed to reduce the amount of time people are staying in emergency housing.   Website  Weldon Cooper Center Youtube Channel Research for this episode:  National Low Income Housing Coalition Department of Housing and Urban Development Experimental Housing Allowance Study Department of Housing and Urban Development EHAS Article Charlottesville Shelter Listings Further Reading: Healthcare Triage Music: bensound.com
30:45
May 30, 2019
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