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.
If CDFIs adopt the standard of using appraisals to determine our loan amounts, we would make very few loans in the communities we were founded to serve.
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.
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?
My first reaction to the emergence of “resilience” as a lens for viewing community development was mostly informed by skepticism.
Community development fits well within the growing resilience movement—and connecting the two more explicitly could make their work even more powerful.
Communities need accurate maps and more access to data to increase flood resilience—but right now FEMA's not providing that.
Cities cannot weather the effects of climate change without going beyond infrastructure to address institutional racism, historical inequities, and access to physical and mental health services.
How can affordable housing be more resilient to extreme weather and better prepared to deal with the consequences of climate change?
By building energy-efficient properties, Habitat reduces heating costs and frees up more than $100 each month for homeowners.