ARTICLES IN SHELTERFORCE since jan 08
- Community Organizing: Integrating a Woman’s Approach
“In closed or structured societies, it is the marginal or ‘inferior’ person . . . who often comes to symbolize . . . ‘communitas.’” —Victor Turner
- Interview, Rinku Sen, president and executive director of Race Forward & publisher of Colorlines.com
In those exhausting and frightening days right after the election in November, I had the good fortune to catch Rinku Sen for a few minutes at the end of a long day of her organization’s biannual Facing Race conference. Though she must have been running on next to no sleep by that point, Sen was insightful, earnest, and eager to talk about the road ahead.
- Looking at Places Through Artists’ Eyes
How an Alaskan housing authority plans to focus on creative placemaking as a development strategy to better reflect the communities it serves.
- An Appetite for Art in Small Town Minnesota
In rapidly diversifying rural Minnesota, an ArtPlace grant is seen as a resource for celebrating cultures and creating bridges between them.
- A Resource for Well-Meaning Landlords
The Good Landlord: A Guide to Making a Profit While Making a Difference
By Peter Gilman Shapiro. The Good Landlord Publishing, 2016, 284 pp., $19.95 (paperback); $8.99 (Kindle)
Purchase a copy here.
- Bringing Together Arts and Community Development
Who has been behind the large increase in financial support for and attention to what has been termed “creative placemaking” over the past couple years, and why?
- Preserving the Character of Little Tokyo
In the wake of rapid gentrification, an organization in Los Angeles leverages the arts to celebrate a community’s rich heritage and keep social equity as a priority.
- Keeping Your Artists Close to Home
New Orleans relies on its artists as a core part of its economy. What can be done when those artists can no longer afford to call the city home?
- Q: Is scattered-site rehab always more expensive than new construction?
- Creating Miles of Art in the Mile High City
How a Denver organization intends to create a 9-mile art-, health-, and heritage-themed bike and pedestrian trail that will feature authentic cultural expression.
- Affordable Housing and . . . a Museum
For over 30 years, Broadway Housing Communities has developed its own formula for meeting the housing needs of West Harlem’s lowest-income residents. One of its unorthodox ingredients has been art galleries, and now, there’s a children’s museum in its newest building.
- A Tale of Two Murals
Having had the experience of public art with no public involvement, a community organization set out to show there could be another way.
- Working with Local Artists
In response to an influx of high-profile street art, one Brooklyn community development organization decided to invest in homegrown art and artists, and learn how to support them.
- Poetry on the Panel
Attendees at the 2015 PolicyLink Equity Summit experienced something unexpected when they walked into many of the panels and workshops—a poetry performance.
- Poem: “Tires Stacked in the Hallways of Civilization”
- Poem: “What Must Be Done”
- Flipping the Script
A nonprofit forgoes the typical community meeting for a “living charrette,” which leads to greater neighborhood feedback about a proposed 24-acre development.
- Art Just Became Even More Essential
- Exploring Foreclosure Through Art
In Minneapolis and Boston, artists help explore the losses (and gains) of foreclosure with work that supports advocacy and community building.
- Poem: “This Yes”
- Interview with Rip Rapson, president and CEO of the Kresge Foundation
Rip Rapson is the quintessential mid-westerner: quiet, modest, the last person in the world to toot his own horn. But if you look at what he’s accomplished and the insight he brings to his current work, you’ll get a much better picture of who he is and the challenging, important work he spearheads at the Kresge Foundation.
A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to speak with him, trace his experiences and the projects he conceived or championed over the years (some of which we’ve written about, but, not surprisingly, without his name attached to them) and drill into the opportunities and difficulties faced by a large philanthropic organization as it works to integrate its grant making interests with the way real communities operate—as dynamic entities with systems that fully integrate, even if they do so in a seriously dysfunctional way.
One interest Kresge has is in arts and culture, and we spent some extra time talking with him about the importance and role of arts and culture in community health and development.
- New Lenses on Economic Development
- Making a Success of Local Hire Work
Local hire policies are among the strongest strategies for bringing good job opportunities to disadvantaged communities—but adding more provisions to specifically target those with the most barriers to employment can make local hiring practices even more effective.
- Why Your Community Should Kick the Subsidy Habit
Corporate incentives won’t help communities thrive, even distressed ones. But nurturing local businesses will save municipalities money and promote the growth of income, wealth, and jobs.
- In the World of Community Wealth-Building, Ownership Has Its Privileges
What local government can do to support new, more inclusive economic models.
- Who Will Benefit from Port Covington?
Advocates, city leaders, and Under Armour’s real estate arm negotiate a $660 million tax deal and a vision for economic development in Baltimore.
- Making Community Benefits Agreements Count
CBAs can be extremely difficult to implement and enforce, which is why a detailed agreement in the early stages of the community-developer relationship is so important.
- Connecting Companies to Business
A Chicago organization is bringing together local businesses and large institutions to promote economic growth.
- Using Business as a Force For Good
B Corps are for-profit businesses that focus strongly on their social and environmental impact. The movement has grown to 1,800-plus worldwide and now cities, economic authorities, and activists are trying to attract more of these mission-driven and worker-friendly companies to help spur economic growth.
- Continuing the Dream
Arc of Justice, directed and produced by Helen S. Cohen and Mark Lipman.
Open Studio Productions, 2016, 22 minutes. Price varies for home and institutional use.
Purchase the DVD at nhi.org/go/84444
- Keeping Everyone Afloat: Is Universal Basic Income the Answer?
Advocates and organizers who deal with the needs of the poor often say it’s not really a housing/food/training issue, it’s an income issue. So what would happen if we just addressed income?
- A New Way to Finance Equitable Economic Development?
Big companies discovered the long-stagnant Immigrant Investor Program EB-5 after the 2008 financial crisis. Can community developers bend the program toward their goals too?
- Interview: Michael Rubinger, former CEO of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation
LISC, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, is one of the central community development intermediaries, financing and supporting community development work for decades. Michael Rubinger was there at LISC’s founding. And from 1999 to June 2016, he headed the organization, steering it most recently on a path toward comprehensive community development rather than just housing work. In a video marking his retirement, colleagues spoke of Michael as someone who remained intensely engaged with community organizations and their work, even after so many years overseeing a much bigger picture. We’ve known Michael since he became the CEO of LISC as a dedicated, persistent, pragmatic leader who encourages new thinking and finds ways to mine the promise of older ideas. And he’s got a pretty sharp sense of humor. Just before Michael left LISC, Shelterforce spoke with him to get his thoughts on the field he devoted his life’s work to.
- Q: Do economic development incentives support small businesses?
- Think Scattered Site Rehab Is Too Expensive? Think Again.
Vacant properties are so persistent in part because it’s too expensive to do anything with them. At least that’s the assumption. It’s much simpler, goes this reasoning, and more cost-effective, to construct and manage a new multifamily building than to try to rehab and manage single-family homes spread over a wide area. But what if that’s just not true?
- In Pursuit of Financial Well-Being: A Conversation on Fairness, Accessibility, and Empowerment
In a world of growing financial complexity, predatory products, stagnating wages, and escalating inequality, financial insecurity is a dramatic problem. To kick off our focus on this topic, we gathered a group of leaders who are combating financial insecurity by both working with individuals and changing systems for a conversation on how it all relates and how to balance the big picture and the household-level work.
Taking part in this conversation with Shelterforce editor Miriam Axel-Lute and NHI executive director Harold Simon, were Holly Frindell, senior program manager, National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders; Andrea Levere, president, CFED; Andrea Luquetta-Kern, director of policy and research, California Reinvestment Coalition; Ann Solomon, strategic initiatives manager, Federation of Community Development Credit Unions; and Woody Widrow, executive director, RAISE Texas and NHI board member.
- Is Financial Unsteadiness the New Normal?
A yearlong analysis of 200-plus households suggests that we should add a third leg to the financial security stool along with income and assets—cash flow.
- The Ripple Effects of Income Volatility
Research shows a connection between the financial instability of families and the economic health of communities.
- Fight for Full Time
Unpredictable hours lead to unpredictable cash flow, which is a barrier to budgeting and saving. One response to this—the Opportunity to Work Initiative—would require that San Jose employers give more hours to part-time employees before hiring new staff.
- Challenging the Almighty Credit Score
A majority of mainstream lenders base loan approvals on a hotly debated three-digit score. Are there better, fairer ways to assess risk?
- Being “Well,” Financially
- Well Worth the Read
What It’s Worth— Strengthening the Financial Future of Families, Communities and the Nation.
Edited by Laura Choi, David Erickson, Kate Griffin, Andrea Levere, and Ellen Seidman. The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco/CFED, 2015, 393 pp., Free.
Download a copy at nhi.org/go/77173
- Getting New Jersey to Divest from Payday Lending
NJ Citizen Action says having a state pension fund invested—even indirectly—in a form of lending illegal in the state cannot stand.
- Q: Why don’t low-income families save?
- College Bound
Children’s savings accounts for higher education, even those that have accumulated only small amounts of money, can change expectations for low-income students—and they might also provide a vehicle for larger wealth transfers.
- Financial Inclusion Begins With Our Tax Code
Changes to tax programs that support low-wage earners will strengthen gains made in the asset-building field.
- Why Financial Education Should Get Political
Financial curricula for low-income households often focus on personal choices about budgeting and saving—but if they don’t also address systemic problems, exploitation, and discrimination, they aren’t speaking to their audience’s reality.
- The Catalyzing Power of Art
Art can be an economic engine for neighborhoods—but sometimes locally-based artists need some support to kick their “businesses” into gear, and community-based organizations are stepping up.
- Interview: Sheila Crowley, Past President of the National Low Income Housing Coalition
When word came that Sheila Crowley was intending to step down from her longtime role at the head of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, we knew immediately that we wanted to do an exit interview with her. Crowley has led the organization through dramatic times, keeping a focus on those with the most pressing housing need when many wanted to just talk homeownership, staying the course with the National Housing Trust Fund, and modeling how to do national advocacy that leads with the voices of those directly affected. Shortly before Crowley’s actual departure, we spoke with her about how she got where she is, the state of the field, and what’s coming next.
- Getting Beyond the Developer Fee
In tough financial times, community developers are hanging on to their developer fees despite competition, but many are also diversifying their programs and revenue streams.
- Housing Authority Eliminates Ban of Ex-Offenders
With the approval of new background check procedures, a criminal conviction won’t automatically disqualify a person from receiving public housing or voucher assistance in New Orleans.
- An Artist’s Way of Seeing: Community Engagement in Creative Placemaking
How are artists converting the power and creativity of art into community-led change?
- The Challenges of Economic Integration
Is it more important to have mixed-income buildings, or to give more people access to mixed-income neighborhoods?
- Making Mixed-Income Developments Work
A single development with an intentional income mix involves very specific challenges—both in its design and its management.
- Can San Francisco Get Mixed-Income Public Housing Redevelopment Right?
The HOPE SF program is aiming to explicitly avoid many of the problems mixed-income public housing redevelopments have faced, to create a truly inclusive process.
- Addressing Social Segregation in Mixed-Income Communities
Living next to each other does not necessarily mean getting to know each other. But it could.
- Don’t Build Mixed-Income Communities, Buy Them
Building when you could buy is inefficient—and contributes to economic segregation.
- Build Mixed-Income Housing–But Not in Isolation
A focus on housing connected to education and wellness will be needed to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.
- Bigger Forces at Play
Mixed-income housing alone won’t solve economic segregation.
- “Inclusive Communities” Are Inadequate for the World’s Housing Crises
Mixed-income housing policies are essentially “trickle-down” affordable housing.
- Integrating Whitman
A long-forgotten battle over a set of row houses in South Philadelphia makes current day NIMBYism look tame. What can housing advocates learn about how they finally got built anyway?
- A Voyeur’s View
Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads by Paul Theroux, Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015, 441 pp. Purchase at nhi.org/go/56968
- Q: What’s the difference between community economic development…
- Mixing It Up
- A New Way to Do Affirmative Action?
Place, Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America. by Sheryll Cashin. Beacon Press, 2014, 176 pp. $18 (paper). Purchase at nhi.org/go/33629
- Voices From the Field: Mixed Income
Do we need more mixed-income housing? Why or why not? The following data and observations were collected via a survey we conducted from late January through mid-February, distributed via Shelterforce Weekly and social media. Add your own thoughts in the comments below.
- Community Building Despite Trauma
The trauma caused by poverty and the systems that reinforce it can short-circuit standard efforts to build community. A new method called “trauma-informed community building” aims to change that.
- The Next Boom for Worker Co-ops?
Baby boomers are the largest percentage of business owners, and they’re headed toward retirement. The worker cooperative movement wants to keep the jobs they’ve created from disappearing.
- Exclusive: Interview, Chester Hartman, Poverty & Race Research Action Council
Chester Hartman was the first executive director of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council, and has been a leader in housing equity work for decades. His keen intellect and deep convictions, coupled with his writing, advocacy, scholarship, and leadership, have had a major effect on the field. Shelterforce is honored to have worked with him for many years as a member of our editorial board. His contributions to fair housing are extensive, and we’re sure those contributions will continue into his retirement. Right after his retirement from PRRAC as its director of research, Shelterforce had the opportunity to chat with him about his life, work, retirement, and hopes for the future.
- Government-Funded Organizing?
Public funding for community organizing would strengthen our democracy and relegitmize a beleaguered public sector. It’s time to stop writing off the idea.
- Why We Must Build
We can’t build our way out of the housing crisis . . . but we won’t get out without building.
- New Jersey Divests from Payday Lending
Advocates in New Jersey mobilize to make a state pension fund put its money where its state regulations are.
- Q: Isn’t the foreclosure crisis over?
- Shelterforce Exclusive: Interview with HUD Secretary Julián Castro
In September 2015, on the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the bill that created HUD, Julián Castro, the agency’s 16th secretary, spoke at the University of Texas. In his speech he noted how the agency was formed partially in response to the Watts Rebellion in Los Angeles a month prior, situating the agency’s mission firmly in a social justice context, and he praised President Johnson as someone who believed in the potential for government to be a force for good. On September 3rd, Shelterforce got a chance to speak with Secretary Castro about some of the current ways in which he’s working to make HUD a force for good in people’s lives, and what steps there are left to be taken.
- The Charter School Lenders
Despite the controversy surrounding them, charter schools have become a major segment of the CDFI field’s business, requiring new assessment tools to keep the lending mission-focused.
- Why Are Community Development Lenders Financing Charter Schools?
The choice to support privately-operated, publicly-funded schools puts these lenders at odds with many of their usual political allies and constituencies. So what’s the motivation?
- Above the Fray?
As the school reform debates rage on, community groups struggle to stay out of the politics and yet keep influencing the quality of education in their neighborhoods.
- Schools that Support Students’ Whole Lives
Community schools support kids, families, and neighborhoods in their mission to improve education.
- Charter Schools, Gentrification, and Weighted Lotteries
Charter schools in gentrifying neighborhoods have the power to exacerbate the inequity that exists between low-income residents and wealthier newcomers. How can they use their power to instead ensure their student populations are as diverse as the neighborhoods they operate in?
- The Place-Based Charter School?
What is the relationship between charter schools and neighborhoods—and what could it be?
- Don’t Call It a Comeback for Neighborhood Schools
In the face of widespread school choice, some D.C. residents are advocating for an equitable system of neighborhood schools. But what’s the chance that will become a reality?
- Gentrification and Public Schools: It’s Complicated
An influx of more affluent families and their resources and advocacy is just what every struggling school needs, right? Well . . .
- More Bang for the Buck?
Austin, with prodding from advocates, pushes its economic development policy to go beyond big deal chasing.
- Have We Been Wasting Affordable Housing Money?
It might seem like 10, or even 30, years is a long time to require affordability—until it’s over and your public investment is lost.
- Community Development and the School Reform Fight
- Interview: Gordon Chin, Founding Executive Director of the Chinatown Community Development Center
Gordon Chin started San Francisco Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC), a longstanding CDC well-known in the field, in the mid-1970s. In June 2015, he released Building Community, Chinatown Style, a book about his professional life, the founding and evolution of CCDC, and the future of community development. Josh Ishimatsu, director of Research and Capacity Building at the National Coalition for Asian-Pacific American Community Development, and a regular Shelterforce contributor, spoke with Chin about where community development is going, and where it should go.
- Q: Do inclusionary housing requirements make housing prices go up for everyone else?
- Filmmaker Needs to Look at the Whole Picture
I Got Schooled: The Unlikely Story of How a Moonlighting Moviemaker Learned the Five Keys to Closing America’s Achievement Gap, by M. Night Shyamalan. Simon & Schuster. 306 pp. $25.00 (hardcover). Purchase here.
- On Beyond Anniversaries
- Fighting Gentrification Through Collective Bargaining
For the past two years, the Crown Heights Tenant Union of Brooklyn has turned collective bargaining strategies on landlords—and policymakers.
- Fair Housing and Community Developers Can Work Together
Two organizations in New Jersey show that with a good working relationship, a balanced approach to healthy communities and housing choice for all can be more than pretty words.
- Organizing and the Community Land Trust Model
What happens when organizers win a campaign for community control of land? That depends a lot on the choices they make about how to exercise that control.
- Joy and Justice
Community Projects as Social Activism: From Direct Action to Direct Services, by Benjamin Shepard. Sage Publications, 2014. 253pp.
Reviewed by Matthew Borus. Purchase here.
- Dispatches from Whose City?
City by City: Dispatches from the American Metropolis, edited by Keith Gessen and Stephen Squibb. N + 1. 2015, 496pp, $18 (paper). Purchase here.
- The Justice Gap
The post-Katrina work of legal services lawyers shows that if you care about equity, legal aid belongs high on the list of crucial disaster recovery programs.
- Detours on the Road Home
Serious flaws in the Road Home program have kept many hard-working homeowners from coming back to the Lower 9th Ward. Let’s not repeat them after the next disaster.
- Rising Tides, Rising Costs
In the face of climate change, flood insurance rates are rising. But program rules, and the history of who has been shunted into the floodplains, means the brunt is being bore by those least able to absorb it.
- The Revitalization Trap
Place-based initiatives won’t address the kinds of injustice and poverty that community development was formed to fight.
With responses by Brentin Mock and Miriam Axel-Lute.
- Interview with Richard Baron, CEO of McCormack Baron Salazar
While moving from tenant organizing to affordable housing development and comprehensive community revitalization seems perfectly natural to us here at Shelterforce, since we were founded by tenant organizers and legal services lawyers, it still surprises many people that Richard Baron, the CEO of one of the largest for-profit affordable housing developers, McCormack Baron Salazar, got his start in the field supporting public housing tenants in a rent strike. We talked with him about how he got started, what he’s learned from his journey, and directions for the field.
- Building the Cars of the Future . . . in Detroit
How the nonprofit Focus: HOPE is helping to bring manufacturing jobs back to Detroit, and the Detroiters who need them.
- How to Prevent the Next Mortgage Crisis
Yes, we need to finally achieve certainty in our housing finance system. But not the way most people are suggesting.
- Learning to Stretch
Community development corporations find ways to embrace new immigrant communities and new challenges.
- Serving the Community, In Their Language
From hiring priorities to translation headsets to special requests of the phone company—the exciting and important work of serving multicultural, multilingual populations.
- Building Multiculturally
One culture’s idea of the ideal house is different from another. Luckily, floor plans are adaptable.
- Citizenship Is an Asset
Naturalizing is a great way to improve opportunity, but it’s expensive. How can we open that door to more of the immigrants who qualify?
- Immigrant Integration Services Must Aim to Build Assets
Financial coaching and small business development services should be right up there next to learning English.
- Protecting Immigrant Workers
The Texas construction industry is a good example of what happens when immigrant workers’ rights are not respected. But this organization is fighting back.
- It’s Not Actually About Ownership
Private Property and Public Power: Eminent Domain in Philadelphia,
by Debbie Becher. Oxford University Press, 2014. 334pp. $30.50 (paper)
- Q: Do Immigrants “Take Our Jobs”?
- Public Housing Residents as Activists
More Than Shelter: Activism and Community in San Francisco Public Housing,
by Amy L. Howard. University of Minnesota Press, 2014. 320 pp. $33.95 (paper).
- Cross-Community Collaboration on NYC’s Municipal ID Program
Lack of identification hurts many different groups in different ways—from the homeless to immigrants, and they all need to be considered in the fight for an alternative.
- Profile of the Immigrant Population
Knowing who is immigrating here, and where they are settling, has implications for policy.
- English Required for a Mortgage?
Language barriers pose an obstacle to fair access to credit, but this population is overlooked in fair credit discussions.
- Vulnerable Workers Mean Vulnerable Communities
Anti-immigrant laws and the lack of a solid path to citizenship leave immigrant workers vulnerable to exploitation—and harm the whole community.
- Tenant Solidarity in Oakland
Q&A with Kitzia Esteva-Martinez, Causa Justa/Just Cause
- Not Just Any Job
Community lenders and local governments wrestle with how to encourage—or simply require—that jobs created with their support provide real pathways to opportunity for those who need them most.
- Staying Afloat by Branching Out
As the surge of crisis-level funding recedes from housing counseling agencies, they are looking to technology, fee-for-service arrangements, new partners, and types of counseling to keep themselves going. But can the tricky and highly detailed business of foreclosure counseling in particular survive the transition?
- A Nation—and Neighborhoods—of Immigrants
- Q: Do inclusionary zoning requirements halt development?
- It’s Not Actually About Ownership
Private Property and Public Power: Eminent Domain in Philadelphia
by Debbie Becher, Oxford University Press 2014.
- Staying Ahead of the Age Wave
Groups working with older adults, including many community developers, are crafting a range of creative interventions, from home modifications to service-enriched housing models, to allow seniors to age in place. Will it be enough?
- Thinking Gray—And Positive
- The Benefits of Aging in Manufactured Housing Communities
As places for low- and moderate-income Americans to age in place, manufactured housing communities present an impressive array of advantages—and some financial risks.
- Safe Banking for Seniors
To support older adults to safely age in community, we need to consider what they need out of banking—and what they need to be protected from.
- Renovating Senior Complexes to Be Green, Healthy, and Connected
- Affordable, But for Whom?
How a box of felt pieces helps organizers help New York communities advocate for their real affordable housing needs
- Meeting the Housing Needs of an Aging Population
Our aging population is more economically and ethnically diverse than any before, and will require a greater and more varied inventory of housing stock.
- Leaving Grandma Out in the Cold
The demise of the federal program that funded senior housing construction bodes ill for the increasing numbers of low-income seniors who struggle to afford a decent place to live.
- Keeping Seniors Healthy by Fostering Connections and Community
For high needs seniors with chronic illnesses, health is not merely—or even mostly—a matter for medical professionals.
- Housing Beyond the Nuclear Family
As multigenerational households increase, some community groups are rethinking how to design homes and developments to bring generations together.
- Interview with Ai-Jen Poo
Ai-Jen Poo has been organizing with domestic workers for over 15 years, helping in New York to win some of the first statewide labor protections for occupations often exempt from labor laws, and expanding this campaign to a nationwide vision for a strong caregiving workforce and infrastructure for elder care. In 2014 she became a MacArthur Fellow, but this was hardly her first award. This visionary leader has, to name just a few, received the Open Society Institute Community Fellowship, the Ernest de Maio Award from the Labor Research Association, the Woman of Vision Award from Ms. Foundation for Women, the Alston Bannerman Fellowship for Organizers of Color, and the Twink Frey Visiting Scholar Fellowship at University of Michigan Center for the Education of Women. In 2012, she was listed as one of the Time magazine Time 100, and one of Newsweek’s “150 Women Who Shake the World.” We caught up with Poo by phone on a Saturday while her children played in the background to talk about her work and how the community development world might connect with it.
- Capital Catch-up
Community lenders try to address the capital crunch faced by small businesses of color.
- A New Remedy for America’s Complicated Immigration History
Public and private will—not politics—will change the national immigration conversation
- Interview with John Henneberger, Texas Low Income Housing Information Service
It’s not every year (or even every decade) that community developers and housers see themselves represented in the ranks of the coveted MacArthur Fellows (or “genius grant” recipients). That in and of itself would be sufficiently exciting, but when Shelterforce staff sat down to talk to John Henneberger of the Texas Low Income Housing Information Service, one of the 2014 MacArthur geniuses, we certainly found ourselves impressed and excited. Driven by a sense of justice since college, he has been on the frontlines of the fight for equality and equity since those years. Henneberger has extensive knowledge of the field, an ability to clearly relate many of our most basic concerns to each other, and a clear-eyed focus on end goals above interim measures. In this two part interview, he talks about expansive definitions of “fair housing,” exciting organizing work in Texas that the rest of the country should keep an eye on, the role of a state-level advocacy organization, and much more.
- Interview with Mayor Ivy Taylor, San Antonio, TX
When Julian Castro, then-mayor of San Antonio, Texas, was picked to be the new Secretary of the Dept. of Housing and Urban Development last year, the city council voted in Ivy Taylor from among their ranks to replace him. The first African-American mayor of the largely Latino and Anglo city, and strongly identified as an urban planner, Taylor casts herself as someone interested more in getting work done than leaving a political legacy. However, she has not shied away from controversial positions, and her initial position that she would not be running for re-election fell by the wayside as she announced her candidacy on February 16, less than two weeks after this interview. We spoke with Mayor Taylor, who has a background in affordable housing, about what it’s like to move between the community development sphere and city government, some of her difficult decisions, and her vision for stable, mixed-income neighborhoods in the city she is serving.
- This Book Changes Everything
Book Review: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein
- Review: More Than Shelter: Activism and Community in San Francisco Public Housing by Amy L. Howard
- Interview: Jay Williams
Jay Williams was the mayor of Youngstown, Ohio, from 2006 to 2011, at a time when Youngstown was attracting notoriety for making the unusual assertion that, rather than longing for its bygone glory days before the steel mills closed, it was going to embrace a vision of becoming a smaller, yet more vibrant city. (See Shelterforce’s “Small Is Beautiful, Again”, for more on this approach and how it affects low-income residents.) Williams is now assistant secretary of commerce for economic development, and administrator of the Economic Development Administration. Prior to joining the U.S. Department of Commerce, Williams served as the executive director of the Office of Recovery for Auto Communities and Workers, and he also served in the White House as deputy director for the White House Office of Intergovernmental Affairs. In this position, he led efforts to engage mayors, city council members, and county officials around the country.
Shelterforce spoke with Williams at the conference of the National Alliance of Economic Development Associations last fall in San Antonio.
- Close to Home
- Ending Veteran Homelessness: A Goal with a Plan
The Obama administration’s campaign to end veteran homelessness involves unprecedented cross-agency collaboration, a willingness to embrace new methods, and substantial resources. It’s a combination that just might work.
- Interview: Wayne Meyer, President, New Jersey Community Capital
New Jersey Community Capital shakes up our ideas of how nonprofit housers can and should approach neighborhood stabilization
- Q: Do Section 8 voucher holders increase crime in a neighborhood?
- Serving Those Who Served
Community organizations, including some that are not veteran-specific, are figuring out how best to reach and serve an increasing number of veterans in need.
- Clearing a Path to Employment for Veterans
Veterans tend to have many job skills—but translating that into civilian employment is often harder than it should be.
- Without More Affordable Housing, Veteran Homelessness Will Return
Federal funding to end veteran homelessness has had a real impact, but a nationwide shortage of affordable housing could make its success temporary.
- Short-Term Funds With Long-Term Impact
The changes that stimulus funding made in Lane County, Oregon’s homelessness prevention will last past the funds themselves—but they could have a lot more effect, especially for veterans, if federal funding continued.
- Don’t Call Them Homeless Veterans
Surprising insights on messaging from the front lines of NIMBY
- Vets Get Access to Land Trust Homeownership
VA home loan guaranties and community land trusts are perfect partners—but not everyone knows that yet.
- Economic Security First
Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much, by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir. Times Books, 2013
- We May Be Small, But…
Small, Gritty, and Green: The Promise of America’s Smaller Industrial Cities in a Low-Carbon World, by Catherine Tumber. MIT Press, 2012
- Veterans By the Numbers
Some statistics about the state of veterans in America.
- Salt Lake City Walks the Collaboration Talk to Serve Vets
When Salt Lake City committed to ending veteran homelessness, its agencies had to be willing to change and work together in ways that weren’t always easy—but were always worth it.
- One Mission, One Stop for Veterans in Denver
By Brenton Hutson, Jay Krammes, Melanie Lewis Dickerson, Heather Powers, and Daleena Scott.
Service providers come together around an ambitious goal to end veteran homelessness in the Denver metro area.
- How Can We End Homelessness? Let’s Start—and Finish—With Veterans
We are so close to this goal. We should not change our focus before we meet it.
- Implementing Vouchers for Veterans
A look at what HUD-VASH supportive housing vouchers can do, from the perspective of one of the agencies administering them.
- We Served Too
Women are an increasing percentage of veterans, and of homeless veterans—but their experiences of homelessness differ from their male counterparts, and so must the solutions.
- One Veteran’s Story
Michael Powell’s journey from childhood poverty to military service and subsequent struggle with addiction is probably not unlike thousands of others who have served; but in listening to his story, you realize that somewhere along the way it may have become more complicated than it needed to be. For people who are struggling with these demons, a clear lifeline to help is often the key that can be the difference between a struggle that lasts one year, five years, or a lifetime.
- Homeownership Counselors—And Organizers, Too!
Northwest Side Housing Center combines counseling and organizing to empower homeowners facing foreclosure.
- Interview: George McCarthy, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
After 14 years at the Ford Foundation, most recently as the director of the Metropolitan Opportunities Unit, George “Mac” McCarthy became the fifth president of the 41-year-old Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, trading in his long daily commute to New York City and returning to Boston, where he grew up. McCarthy brings to the job that critical and nuanced eye for detail that comes with being an accomplished housing economist with the mission of bringing social justice to those denied it around the world. Well-known for his blunt and honest views and his ability to challenge as well as inspire those he works with, McCarthy has long seen land use policy as a means to reach the equity goals he’s worked for in his roles as a teacher, researcher, and funder.
- Sprawl vs. Unions
The three very different stories of the building trades in Atlanta, Denver, and Portland, Ore., show just how much urban development patterns affect workers.
- Out from Under the Table
An enterpreneurial training program in Detroit has an unexpected side benefit—legitimizing existing but unofficial businesses, and poising them for growth.
- Interview: Senator Mel Martinez and Mayor Henry Cisneros
- Industry News
- All Grown Up—And Still Fighting
- Placemaking for, and by, Whom?
Place-Making in Legacy Cities: Opportunities and Good Practices, prepared by New Solution Group LLC in partnership with Center for Community Progress, December 2013.
- Winning a Land Bank We Can Trust
Lessons from Philadelphia’s Campaign to Take Back Vacant Land
- Q: Is a land bank the same thing as a land trust?
A: No!! They are totally different, though complementary, tools.
- Forging a Transformative Vision
Building economic power through community ownership is the antidote to the systemic failures of our current system.
- Thinking Outside the Big Box
Urban centers need to come up with creative solutions
to keep their local economies safe from the crushing
force of big-box retailers.
- The Cooperative Solution
Cooperatives align closely with the goals and values of community developers and deserve more attention as an economic development strategy.
- To Build a Community Economy, Start With Solidarity
How residents who can’t afford to buy in can still get the benefits of co-op work and housing.
- Getting Rid of the Middleman
A Brooklyn organization discovers that helping its constituents form worker cooperatives tackles poverty and social isolation in a way traditional job readiness training can’t.
- Winning a Land Bank We Can Trust
Lessons from Philadelphia’s Campaign to Take Back Vacant Land
- Focus on Scale Up, Not Start-up
To truly transform local neighborhoods, we must shift our attention to invest in enterprise scale, not start-ups, as a long-lasting solution for creating good jobs.
- Keeping the Jobs in House
Humboldt Construction Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of a Chicago CDC, has been providing local employment and high-quality work for over 30 years.
- Lifting the Fog on Section 3
When it’s more appealing to circumvent the law requiring that jobs in public housing construction go to qualified residents than to follow it, something needs to change.
- Beyond the Box
A movement for second chances takes root.
- Hitting Construction Hiring Goals
How do you ensure that the jobs a new development is supposed to bring to a community actually go to underrepresented populations?
- Building Bridges, Building Muscle, Building Momentum
Two cities show how community-based organizations and labor can overcome their historical divide to work together.
- An Organizer’s Work Is Never Done
An unprecedented local hiring win is a stepping stone in a trajectory to turn workforce development on its head.
- We Should Be Working Less
Changing our assumptions about what constitutes “normal” full time work could help address all sorts of social problems, from unemployment to civic disengagement.
- Put Your Spending Where Your Goals Are
Local procurement policies take money already being spent and direct it to local businesses to get more economic development benefit for the buck.
- Let’s Talk About Jobs—And Ownership
- Are You Subsidizing Big Business?
Massive corporations, not start-ups or local job creators, get the lion’s share of state and local development incentives.
- Manufactured Locally
While there is much debate about the state of large-scale domestic manufacturing, a few places are quietly supporting local manufacturing for items that have been made overseas for some time, from jewelry to jeans.
- Interview With Tom Szaky, Founder, Terracycle
We spoke with Tom Szaky, TerraCycle’s founder and CEO, about social enterprise, locating in a distressed community, and what he as an employer would want out of workforce development programs.
- Residents Need to Own Community Change
To get beyond superficial “input,” involve residents in a development from start to finish, from planning to implementation to ownership.
- On Board
How do you make a community development organization’s board welcoming to residents and low-income members, and ensure that once there, they are more than window dressing?
- Coming to Consensus
When and how can consensus decision making work for community-based organizations?
- Power to the Members
Community development and planning organizations with a voting membership are rare, but the ones that do prioritize a democratic structure say it’s well worth the additional work.
- INTERVIEW: Tony Pickett, Denver’s Urban Land Conservancy
Probably no one in the country is in a better position than Tony Pickett to talk about efforts to include long-term affordable housing in two of the nation’s largest Transit Oriented Development (TOD) ventures: Denver’s FasTracks plan, and Atlanta’s Beltline project.
- Fleeced Again… Plundering Our Elders
Review of Fleeced: Speaking Out Against Senior Financial Abuse
- Phillip Henderson, President, Surdna Foundation
Phillip Henderson was only 38 when he took the helm at the Surdna Foundation seven years ago, becoming Surdna’s second director in what he calls its “modern era.” Henderson came to the family foundation from a career that had been focused on international philanthropy, but he applied many of the lessons he learned fostering civic engagement in post-Communist Europe to Surdna’s domestic grantmaking. Henderson sat down with Shelterforce to talk about aligning program with mission, cross-pollination between programs, and Surdna’s recent launch into the impact investing world.
- Urban Art or Graffiti Vandalism?
Review of Stations of the Elevated, by Manfred Kirchheimer, 1981.
- Hungry for Housing
New Deal Ruins: Race, Economic Justice and Public Housing Policy, by Edward G. Goetz. Cornell University Press, 2013, 256 pp. $23.95 (paperback).
Purging the Poorest: Public Housing and the Design Politics of Twice-Cleared Communities, by Lawrence J. Vale. The University of Chicago Press, 2013, 448 pp. $27.50 (paperback).
- Stories of Change
The Architecture of Change: Building a Better World, edited by Jerilou Hammett and Maggie Wrigley. University of New Mexico Press, November 2013, 328 pp. $49.95 (hardcover).
- Fighting for the Right to Remain in Southwest Yonkers
- When The Tired, Poor, Huddled Masses Fought Back
Financial Justice: The People’s Campaign to Stop Lender Abuse, by Larry Kirsch and Robert N. Mayer, Praeger, May 2013. 236 pp. $48.00 (Hardcover). Available on Amazon.
- Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation
We first met Darren Walker about 15 years ago while planning an issue on faith-based development. Darren was the chief operating officer of the Abyssinian Development Corporation, the storied community development arm of the Abyssinian Baptist Church in New York City. We asked Darren to write an article that was not simply a cheerleader’s promotion of church-based CDCs, but a realistic assessment of the benefits and challenges to an institution embarking on that path.
Darren was optimistic and enthusiastic about the work he was doing at Abyssinian creating hundreds of units of affordable housing in Harlem. But he was pragmatic and realistic also. His article encouraged organizations to temper the enthusiasm necessary to even consider this work with a realistic analysis of an organization’s capacities and a clear-eyed examination of their assumptions about the rewards of creating a CDC.
Darren approached his work enthusiastically, I think, because he had visceral understanding of the challenges low-income folks had and the opportunities that were available to them with the right help. The kind of help that the stability of an affordable home could provide. His understanding came from personal experience that would inform his work wherever it took him, from law school to international finance, from a storefront afterschool program and Abyssinian to the Rockefeller and Ford foundations.
When we sat down with Darren on March 18 to conduct this interview, we were glad to see that enthusiasm, optimism, and pragmatism were as strong as ever as he starts his leadership of one of the world’s largest foundations.
- Impact Investing Resources
If you want to explore impact investing further, here are some places to start.
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- 23 Jan 17 · CFPB: Government for the People
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- 4 Jan 17 · Worker Co-ops: Hope in the Desert
- 29 Dec 16 · Take the Best of Public Housing, And Make More
- 28 Dec 16 · Advocates, Have You Created A Judgment-Free Zone?
- 22 Dec 16 · You’ve Seen This Movie Before. You Know What to Do
- 21 Dec 16 · In the Delta, Homeownership Strategies Need Innovation
- 19 Dec 16 · How CRA Can Promote Integration in Gentrifying Neighborhoods
- 15 Dec 16 · All the Fury Over CFPB Ignores Its Modest Mission
- 14 Dec 16 · Fighting Community Opposition in the Age of…Opposition
- 13 Dec 16 · Indivisible: How We Fight This—Together
- 12 Dec 16 · America’s Vote
- 8 Dec 16 · Gentrification Was the Killer in Oakland Fire
- 7 Dec 16 · The Foreclosure King Ascends to Treasury
- 5 Dec 16 · No, Housing Policy Really *Could* Get Done Next Year
- 1 Dec 16 · Airbnb, Test Your Hosts for Bias
- 30 Nov 16 · Come Together: Reweaving America’s Social Fabric Using the Arts
- 29 Nov 16 · Who Is Still Unbanked, And What Can We Do About it?
- 28 Nov 16 · Malign Neglect? Urban Policy in the Trump Era
- 25 Nov 16 · On Clinton, Obama, Trump, and the Failures of Liberal Urban Policy
- 23 Nov 16 · Some HUD Secretary Possibilities Are Serious—Others Laughable
- 22 Nov 16 · Stop Subsidizing Bad Landlords
- 21 Nov 16 · An Opportunity to Shed Sunlight on Lender Legal Compliance is Missed
- 18 Nov 16 · Building Community Power in the Age of Trump
- 16 Nov 16 · Housing Assistance for *All* Is a Matter of Racial Justice—and It’s Achievable
- 15 Nov 16 · Interview with Lisa Mensah, Under Secretary for Rural Development, USDA
- 15 Nov 16 · Top Racial Justice Leaders Give Post-Election Thoughts
- 11 Nov 16 · CDFIs “Rethink” Systems, But (Hopefully) Not Identity
- 10 Nov 16 · To Move or to Improve?
- 9 Nov 16 · Land Banks & Community Land Trusts: Not Synonyms or Antonyms. Complements
- 8 Nov 16 · echo: an autobiographical journey of the power of the ballot
- 4 Nov 16 · Homeownership Is a Culprit in The Racial Wealth Divide
- 4 Nov 16 · Housing Doesn’t Filter, Neighborhoods Do
- 2 Nov 16 · What If a Community Art Project Were Never Done?
- 31 Oct 16 · Where Is Housing on the Ballot in California?
- 28 Oct 16 · A Presidential Agenda Requires a Racial Equity Lens
- 27 Oct 16 · On Optimism and Space: The Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference
- 25 Oct 16 · Television’s Antidote to Trump
- 21 Oct 16 · Putting the “Public” Back into Public Housing: A Justice-oriented Agenda
- 21 Oct 16 · 4 Ways a President Clinton Could Help Cities Thrive in Her First 100 Days
- 20 Oct 16 · A Strong Rule and Reforms Are Needed to Combat Payday Loans
- 18 Oct 16 · Gramm Wrong, Again, on CRA
- 14 Oct 16 · How Could Homelessness Have Barely Budged During the Recession?
- 13 Oct 16 · Stopping Declining Homeownership Requires More than Affordability
- 12 Oct 16 · The ‘Filtering’ Fallacy
- 10 Oct 16 · #Renters Day of Action—Our Demands
- 6 Oct 16 · NIMBY, or Not? What’s Going on in New York City?
- 4 Oct 16 · The Danger of Middle-Income People Feeling the Affordability Crisis
- 29 Sep 16 · How *Not* To Do Economic Development
- 27 Sep 16 · A New Perspective on Housing Tenure
- 26 Sep 16 · No Going Back to Segregation After Landmark Texas Fair Housing Case
- 23 Sep 16 · Tweaks to CRA Q&A Document Miss the Larger Picture
- 22 Sep 16 · “Your Lease Should Be Next to Your Bible,” #RentersDayofAction
- 21 Sep 16 · The Politics of Dis-Belonging
- 15 Sep 16 · California Transit Agencies Bring Affordable Housing to Scale
- 13 Sep 16 · Cleveland–East Cleveland Merger Plan Overlooks Main Issue
- 12 Sep 16 · Let’s Get Rid of the Words “Property” and “Manager”
- 8 Sep 16 · At the Table…and Being Heard
- 7 Sep 16 · How Does Mobile Banking Affect the Unbanked?
- 2 Sep 16 · Not All Community Organizations Have the “Next Big Idea.” Yet.
- 30 Aug 16 · A New Paradigm for California Transit: Equity, Sustainability, and Housing
- 26 Aug 16 · Foundations Shrugged
- 25 Aug 16 · From Barracks to Apartments: Serving Vets in Transition
- 23 Aug 16 · Universities Step Up and Commit to Challenging Inequality
- 22 Aug 16 · A Non-Profit Housing Acquisition Program Could Protect The Displaced
- 19 Aug 16 · As Affordability Worsens, State and Local Governments Act on their Own
- 17 Aug 16 · Starting a Social Enterprise? You Need to Know This
- 16 Aug 16 · Earned Income Should Not Replace Public Funding for Community Development
- 15 Aug 16 · Housing Groups Should Expand to Repair Work to Help Seniors Age in Place
- 11 Aug 16 · Homelessness Is Falling Despite Worsening Conditions. Why?
- 11 Aug 16 · Say What, Washington Post? Declining Homeownership Rates Aren’t a Good Thing
- 9 Aug 16 · In Which a Skeptic Is Won Over to Child Savings Accounts
- 8 Aug 16 · Under One Roof: Health Care and Social Services in the Same Place
- 4 Aug 16 · How the Major Party Platforms Approach Housing
- 3 Aug 16 · Does Place Matter Anymore? Cities and the 2016 Election
- 1 Aug 16 · Could an Anti-Homelessness Program Also Stabilize Affordable Housing Supply?
- 1 Aug 16 · Does the Disability Rights Movement Offer A Model for Housing Activists?
- 29 Jul 16 · Our Denial and Inaction On the Issue of Lead
- 26 Jul 16 · It’s Time to Talk about Cops
- 21 Jul 16 · Why Are Biased Banks Getting High CRA Marks from Regulators?
- 19 Jul 16 · Embedding Equity Into Economic Development
- 15 Jul 16 · Give Housing Vouchers Their Full Power
- 13 Jul 16 · Don’t Rush to Judge These Three Artist’s Lofts in The Twin Cities
- 12 Jul 16 · Who Is It For?
- 11 Jul 16 · FHA Sends Mixed Signals to Nonprofits on Sales of Delinquent Loans
- 8 Jul 16 · Fairness and The Financial System
- 7 Jul 16 · Co-ops Gain Ground in Communities of Color
- 5 Jul 16 · Need Capital For Your Creative Placemaking Project? There’s a Loan for That
- 5 Jul 16 · The Devils in the Details: Key Issues in Implementing the New AFFH Rule
- 30 Jun 16 · The Ups (and Downs) of Mixed-Income Transformation in Toronto
- 29 Jun 16 · In LA, A New Resource to Pull Families Back From the Financial Brink
- 24 Jun 16 · Why Can’t Harlem Stop Gentrification?
- 23 Jun 16 · True Financial Capability Requires Expanding the Definition of Wealth
- 21 Jun 16 · The Real Reasons Affordable Housing Isn’t Being Built in California
- 16 Jun 16 · The Romance and Reality of the New Financial Technology (Fintech) Companies
- 15 Jun 16 · To Reduce Recidivism Rates, Turn to Housing Policy
- 13 Jun 16 · Poetry Is Not a Luxury to Achieving Racial, Social, and Economic Equity
- 9 Jun 16 · The Costs of “Moving On”
- 7 Jun 16 · Millennials, Revisited
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- 3 Jun 16 · Housing for Which Artists?
- 31 May 16 · Out of Reach 2016: Much More than Bad News
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- 18 May 16 · Advocates: Let’s Get These Details Right From the Beginning
- 13 May 16 · Why Should “Community Development” Only Be Urban?
- 10 May 16 · Washington, DC and the Future of Equitable Development
- 9 May 16 · Jane Jacobs: Defender of Cities and their People
- 6 May 16 · Putting the Impact in Impact Investing
- 5 May 16 · 4 Groups That Need to Change to Make Mixed-Income Communities Work
- 4 May 16 · The Complexity of Compliance
- 29 Apr 16 · Does Screening for Eviction Records Violate the Fair Housing Act?
- 29 Apr 16 · Is a Meritocracy Really What We Want?
- 28 Apr 16 · In Memoriam: Marva Smith Battle-Bey
- 27 Apr 16 · Out of Homelessness, A Mom Turns Advocate
- 22 Apr 16 · Leveling the Playing Field for Tenants Facing Eviction
- 21 Apr 16 · CRA on a State Level Makes Sense
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- 12 Apr 16 · There’s No Shortage of Low Quality Housing
- 8 Apr 16 · How to Make Housing Affordable for All the Working Poor
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- 5 Apr 16 · Can We Build a Movement for Structural Economic Change? We Must
- 31 Mar 16 · The “Supply-Side” Arguments, and Why Geography, Scale, and Migration Matter
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- 22 Mar 16 · The Next Step in Supportive Housing
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- 26 Feb 16 · Four Lessons Learned from Collaboration
- 24 Feb 16 · Address Merger Concerns Before the Merger
- 22 Feb 16 · For Cities, Industrial Land Matters
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- 18 Feb 16 · How the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Can Help Flint
- 16 Feb 16 · Interview with Gabriel Metcalf, author of Democratic by Design
- 11 Feb 16 · Scoring Homeownership: Looking at the Long Game
- 9 Feb 16 · Socially-Blind Urban Planning
- 8 Feb 16 · So, About That Anti-Inclusionary “Study”
- 8 Feb 16 · The Danger in Restricting Our Definition of “Preservation”
- 5 Feb 16 · Stop Talking About Displacement
- 4 Feb 16 · Why the Presidential Race Ignores Urban America
- 3 Feb 16 · Duty to Serve = Your Duty to Comment
- 1 Feb 16 · The REAL Rental Housing Issue
- 29 Jan 16 · Attitudes Toward Exploited Cities Helped Poison Flint
- 27 Jan 16 · Flint: Tainted Choices, Tainted Water
- 26 Jan 16 · Unsafe, Segregated Housing is Never “Fair”
- 25 Jan 16 · Building Children Out of Our Cities
- 21 Jan 16 · CRA Exams Aren’t Cutting It For Communities in Need
- 20 Jan 16 · When Work Creates Insecurity
- 19 Jan 16 · Health Care Confronts Challenge to Shift from “Volume to Value”
- 18 Jan 16 · Dr. King and The Poor People’s Campaign
- 15 Jan 16 · Seeking True “Multifamily” Housing
- 13 Jan 16 · Data Systems for Social Change
- 12 Jan 16 · How Are We Responsible for Baltimore?
- 11 Jan 16 · Rich Neighborhood in NYC Actually Gets a “Noxious” Use
- 8 Jan 16 · FHFA’s Proposed Duty to Serve Rule – New Opportunities for Community Builders
- 7 Jan 16 · A Response to ‘A New Gospel of Wealth,’ Part Two
- 6 Jan 16 · Policy Victory Means Millions for Lower 9th Ward
- 5 Jan 16 · Even Homer Nods: Paul Krugman Gets It Wrong on Housing
- 4 Jan 16 · A Stubborn Gap
- 22 Dec 15 · Gentrification and the “Slums of Beverly Hills”
- 21 Dec 15 · How Did We Manage Stress, Media, and Technology in 2015?
- 17 Dec 15 · Filling Vacancies with Food
- 16 Dec 15 · Public Benefits and Bank Mergers
- 15 Dec 15 · Paying for Success in Permanent Supportive Housing
- 14 Dec 15 · Remembering Debby Visser
- 11 Dec 15 · Looking for Solid Returns? Invest in Criminal Justice Reform
- 10 Dec 15 · A Community is Organized, But Where’s Superfund?
- 9 Dec 15 · Equitable Development in Shaw
- 8 Dec 15 · The “Both/And” of the Housing Debate
- 4 Dec 15 · Remembering Rick Cohen
- 4 Dec 15 · Government on the Ropes—Nonprofits Step In
- 2 Dec 15 · Anchoring “The Community” to the Community Building Movement
- 25 Nov 15 · Review of The Tenderloin: Sex, Crime & Resistance in the Heart Of San Francisco
- 24 Nov 15 · Some Forms of Displacement Are Beyond Criminal
- 20 Nov 15 · The New Rent Control Wars
- 19 Nov 15 · Doubling Down on Community Resilience
- 17 Nov 15 · Gentrification Is More Widespread Than We Think
- 16 Nov 15 · Can Community Wealth Building Redefine City Economic Development?
- 13 Nov 15 · Uber-noxious
- 12 Nov 15 · At Last, Apprenticeships Will Be for All People
- 10 Nov 15 · Conflict and Placemaking: Tactical Urbanism on Nicollet Mall
- 6 Nov 15 · Place Matters, But Place Changes
- 5 Nov 15 · Response to Darren Walker’s New Gospel of Wealth
- 2 Nov 15 · The Demolishing of Buildings, and Political Communities
- 1 Nov 15 · Is Rags to Riches the Right Measure?
- 29 Oct 15 · Engaging the Public Schools: Are You Ready?
- 27 Oct 15 · A Disastrous Week for Housing
- 25 Oct 15 · Common Sense Is Community Development’s Most Powerful Ally
- 22 Oct 15 · The Best Thing I Didn’t Hear All Week
- 21 Oct 15 · A Fair Approach to Fair Housing
- 20 Oct 15 · Oakland, CA Adopts Roadmap to Promote Housing Equity
- 16 Oct 15 · Affordable Housing Preservation of the Past and How It Can be Relearned
- 15 Oct 15 · Social Enterprise Movement Faces Growth and New Challenges
- 14 Oct 15 · In Defense of the ‘Poor Door’
- 11 Oct 15 · Community Development and School Reform: Odd Bedfellows?
- 9 Oct 15 · What the “New” Housing Advocates Miss
- 8 Oct 15 · Tackling Uncomfortable Issues, With Enthusiasm
- 2 Oct 15 · Have We Forgotten How to Fight?
- 29 Sep 15 · NAACP’s Journey for Justice And Voting Rights
- 28 Sep 15 · Leveling the Information Playing Field Between Advocates and Developers
- 25 Sep 15 · The Perfect Solution to Homelessness
- 24 Sep 15 · EPA Should Make Environmental Justice Job One
- 23 Sep 15 · Community Development and Faith
- 16 Sep 15 · Unfriend Your Neighbor to Get a Loan?
- 15 Sep 15 · Skipping “Placed-Based” Work Leaves Cities Vulnerable to Climate Change
- 14 Sep 15 · Neighborhood Investment Doesn’t Have to Mean Displacement
- 11 Sep 15 · Suing the Suburbs
- 9 Sep 15 · Why CDFIs Should Go To College
- 8 Sep 15 · Conflict and Placemaking in Humboldt Park: La Crucifixion
- 3 Sep 15 · Three Ways Your City Can Prosper by Embracing Equity
- 1 Sep 15 · How *To* Connect Health and Community Development
- 31 Aug 15 · Segregation 101
- 28 Aug 15 · Can’t Be in the Gulf for the Katrina Anniversary? Watch These Films Instead
- 25 Aug 15 · Better Loans, Better Laws: Showing Communities What “Home” Looks Like
- 24 Aug 15 · The State of Transit in New Orleans
- 19 Aug 15 · Segregation Conversation Goes National
- 17 Aug 15 · Employee Ownership: A Solution that Preserves Retiring Owners’ Businesses
- 14 Aug 15 · Conflict and Placemaking in Humboldt Park: Paseo Boricua
- 13 Aug 15 · The Gentrification Vaccine
- 12 Aug 15 · A Historic Partnership in Creative Placemaking
- 10 Aug 15 · Same-sex Couples Can Love, But Where Can They Live?
- 6 Aug 15 · Do Developers Know They’ll Get Old, Too?
- 3 Aug 15 · Are You Hindering Your Organization’s Potential?
- 31 Jul 15 · Seattle Eyes Zoning’s Third Rail—Single Family Neighborhoods
- 30 Jul 15 · Community Groups’ Role Vanishes Under New Federal Workforce Legislation
- 29 Jul 15 · REO to Rental: Wall Street’s Latest Idea Hurts California Communities
- 28 Jul 15 · Industry and Advocates: To Truly Help Homeowners, Work Together
- 27 Jul 15 · Fair Housing’s Giant Two Steps Forward
- 23 Jul 15 · We Know Whose Fault Poverty Is—So Why Do Our Terms Blame the Poor?
- 21 Jul 15 · The Puzzle of Turning Vision into Action
- 20 Jul 15 · Affordable Housing Advocates Need to be Strong TOD Advocates
- 17 Jul 15 · Breaking Up the Pipeline to Prison
- 16 Jul 15 · What Have We Learned a Decade after the Gulf Coast Hurricanes?
- 15 Jul 15 · A Clear SCOTUS Statement on Disparate Impact and AFFH
- 14 Jul 15 · Can D.C.’s Bridge Park Work for Everyone?
- 13 Jul 15 · Rich Train Station Neighborhoods Need More Apartments
- 10 Jul 15 · 2 Easy Ways HUD Could Bring More NOLA Homeowners Home—With Money It Already Has
- 7 Jul 15 · Braiding Resources, Place, and Opportunity
- 29 Jun 15 · How *Not* to Connect Health and Community Development
- 26 Jun 15 · Detroit Future City’s Plan for Revitalization Pushes Job Creation
- 22 Jun 15 · Cooking With Health, and Heritage, in Mind
- 19 Jun 15 · Reframing Government’s—And Our Own—Role in Affordable Housing
- 17 Jun 15 · Big Sky, Big Opportunity?
- 16 Jun 15 · CA’s Surprisingly Strong Stand in Support of Inclusionary Housing
- 12 Jun 15 · Tenant Solidarity in Oakland
- 11 Jun 15 · The Ripple Effects of Having a Stable Home
- 10 Jun 15 · Community Development of Tomorrow
- 9 Jun 15 · What An Affordable Housing Victory Looks Like in DC