Part of the Housing and Community Development Act that went into effect in January 1975, the CDBG program is a key funding source for neighborhood revitalization in the most vulnerable communities. The formula-based grants are issued to over 1,200 state and local governments.
HMDA requires banks to disclose demographic data on home purchasing and lending and was a key win in the community reinvestment fight. HMDA has been expanded several times over the years, most recently in 2010, when the Dodd-Frank financial reform act extended HMDA to include predatory lending indicators.
New Jersey’s currently beleaguered inclusionary zoning law, which requires towns to produce their “fair share” of low- and moderate-income housing, stems from a 1975 New Jersey Supreme Court case, which ruled that a zoning ordinance in Mount Laurel Township was exclusionary.
A Coney Island-based organization committed to revitalizing the neighborhood’s famous amusement park, creating mixed use neighborhoods, and increasing affordable housing.
A Christiansburg, Virginia-based developer of affordable, green, sustainable housing for a wide range of vulnerable, low-income and low-wealth populations the Southeast.
Growing out of an Asian resource center, now an organization that promotes and develops sustainable communities, healthy neighborhoods, and affordable housing in California’s East Bay Area.
A Cambridge, Mass., organization that develops and manages affordable housing for the elderly and disabled adults.
An affordable housing developer first created to focus on Chicago’s Latino neighborhoods and now operating citywide.
A sweat equity program in rural Florida that purchases land and allows qualifying low- and very low-income applicants to construct about 65 percent of their own homes under supervision.
A community center providing a range of resources for newly immigrated and economically disadvantaged families in Los Angeles.
A California-based affordable housing developer that has expanded into self-help housing and property management.
A CDC whose portfolio includes senior services, affordable housing development, economic development, and community outreach programs.
A prominent church-based CDC in Brooklyn, N.Y., formerly known as the St. Nicholas Preservation Corporation.
A New York City-wide group that develops, trains leaders of, and supports low-income limited-equity co-ops.
A national anti-hunger, anti-poverty advocacy organization whose flagship programs include the National Hunger Hotline, the Grassroots Action Network, and Artists Against Hunger & Poverty.
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