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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.  · 

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    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.  · 

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    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.  · 

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    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.


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    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.  · 

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    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.

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    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.  · 

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    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.  · 

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    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.  · 

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    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.

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