In Charleston, South Carolina's historically significant Eastside neighborhood, the city is trying new approaches to improving energy efficiency and flood protection.
Dripping faucet.

The Connection Between Water, Justice, and Health

Our talk with Radhika Fox, the CEO of the US Water Alliance, about water justice and ways to build stronger communities.

When a Renter with Disabilities is Denied Housing

Renters with disabilities are often unable to meet the kinds of admission criteria that landlords establish for their properties.

Conflict and Placemaking in Humboldt Park: Paseo Boricua

The area surrounding Paseo Boricua is not exclusive space, but in a gentrifying part of the city, it is undeniably—and perhaps unavoidably—contested space. 

Q: Do inclusionary housing requirements make housing prices go up for...

A: No, they do not. Market-rate developers are business people. They charge as much as the market will bear. When housing prices go up . . .

Reawakening “Courageous Philanthropy”

A review of Courageous Philanthropy: Going Public in a Closely Held World, by Jennifer Vanica.
affordable housing woman in hard hat

Opinion: Make the Cost of Home Something We Can All Afford

Two former HUD secretaries come together to help launch a national housing affordability advocacy campaign that calls on local, state, and federal officials (and candidates) to come up with credible solutions to solve the nation’s housing emergency.

Using Theater to Envision Racial Equity Solutions

Techniques from the arts world can help us envision and re-envision relationships and systems to spot stress points and opportunities within communities.
In Dublin, Ireland, a sign that reads "Housing is a Human Right."

U.N. to U.S. Government: Do Better on Housing

In blistering letter, U.N. special rapporteur slams the U.S. government and international companies for violating human rights through the excessive financialization of the housing market.
Guadelupe Neighborhood

The Guadalupe Neighborhood in Austin: 40 Years of Pushing Back Against Displacement

The community of Guadalupe’s 40-year struggle to fight displacement in the face of development pressure is instructive for other communities facing similar challenges.

Building Healthy Housing Through Health Action Plans

A pilot program required CDCs to collaborate with public health professionals in order to discover—and address—a community’s pressing health issues. What the collaboration uncovered were issues that the participating CDCs hadn't even considered.
B. Ruppe drugstore in the Barelas neighborhood of Albuquerque, NM

Regenerating a Place of Cultural Pride and Healing in Albuquerque’s Barelas Neighborhood

Restoring a community's culturally significant site in Albuquerque to be a true economic resource as well as a source of healing.
A liquor store in Baltimore.

Closing Liquor Stores, Hoping to Gain Public Health

A new code in Baltimore will reduce the number of liquor stores in the city. Will the change result in a drop in violence? What will happen to store owners?
redlining map and racial equity

Can Using a Racial Equity Lens Increase Capital in Communities of Color?

If CDFIs adopted traditional appraisal standards to determine loan amounts, they'd make very few loans in the communities they were founded to serve.
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“So, what do you do?” How to Have Conversations about Homelessness

Conversations about homelessness with those outside the field’s bubble can be exhausting, but there are several strategies and techniques that can help steer the conversation in a productive way.
A man helps put together solar-powered generators in rural Puerto Rico.

The Rural Difference in Natural Disasters

There are distinct differences between natural disaster response and recovery in rural and urban communities. How can community-based organizations better respond to disasters and help rural communities prepare before disaster strikes?

Shelter Shorts

Flooding in North Charleston, South Carolina

The Week in Community Development—June 14

News from—and affecting—the community development world. This week: The CDFI Fund's Big Win | Landmark Tenant Protections Pass in NY State | Relief In Sight for Flood Zones? | Mortgage Bank Fined by CFPB | More...