A significant reduction in attention paid to home mortgage lending on CRA exams would be neither economically efficient nor equitable.

Shifting our Thinking About Rural Coverage

Shelterforce has had its comfort zones, and we’ve largely stayed within them. But it was time to shift our thinking so rural areas were more clearly part of the fold.

A Health Insurer and a CDC Collaborate to Move the Needle...

David Adame of Chicanos Por La Causa, and Joe Guadio of UnitedHealthcare talk about the value of addressing social determinants and lessons they’ve learned.

Let’s Turn this Old Barn into a Theater…Part II

Moving into a newly adapted space usually entails a leap in operations—not a slow, steady climb.

Q: Is It Time to Bury Racially Loaded Planning and Development...

Shelterforce has gathered some racially loaded terms that are common in our field. We suggest you use these sparingly and carefully, if at all.

Building Prosperity—A Review of ‘The Making of a Democratic Economy’

A review of "The Making of a Democratic Economy: Building Prosperity for the Many, Not Just the Few," by Marjorie Kelly and Ted Howard
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What is the Future of the Black Urban Middle Neighborhood?

What does the future hold for urban Black middle and working class neighborhoods in cities, and is there any way to shape it?

Changing the Way We Think About Poor Rural Communities

Rural communities are very different places—separated by climate, geography, and often race. But in many other ways, these communities are far more similar than different.
A young man repairs a bike as part of a program in Hawaii that offers young men and boys healing spaces.

Informal Gathering Spaces for Healing Community Trauma

All communities—especially those carrying heavy burdens of trauma and inequity—deserve the transformation and resilience that healing spaces can provide.
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Behind the Scenes of NCRC’s Gentrification Report

A conversation with an NCRC senior research analyst about the organization's report on gentrification, what its findings show and don’t show, and what the policy implications might be.
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How to Temper the Influence of Private Equity in Manufactured Housing

The risk of onerous lot rent increases and the fear of eviction are more threatening than ever as private equity enters the manufactured housing market.
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It Doesn’t Matter if Your Neighborhood Is Going to Eventually Gentrify

“We could use some gentrification here.” Let's never say this—we must refrain from debating the long-term likelihood of gentrification in distressed places.
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HUD Approves Vouchers for Housing After Foster Care

A group of former foster youths and advocates recently convinced top federal housing officials about how best to legislate new federal support for housing for youth after they exit foster care.
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HUD Finally Puts a Landlord on Notice for Interfering with the Right to Organize

There must be actual, meaningful penalties for landlords that retaliate against tenants who fight for safe, standard home conditions.
An affordable housing complex under construction. We musn't forget about housing that already exists, like naturally occurring affordable housing.

Opinion: Naturally Occurring Affordable Housing is Hiding in Plain Sight

As we think about future housing policy, we shouldn’t lose sight of available affordable housing that can be preserved.
CSI’s former space at 215 Spadina in Toronto

Nonprofit Centers: Hubs for Connection and Collaboration

To understand nonprofit centers and how they achieve their impact, it’s helpful to think of them in layers: the building as an asset, the building as a program, and the building as a platform for collaboration.

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The Week in Community Development—Aug. 9

Los Angeles Reaches Historic Settlement with HUD | Austin's Innovative Affordable Housing Strategy | Report Finds NYC Arts Orgs Need More Diversity | Another HUD Fight on the Horizon | What We're Reading | More...