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Comprehensive Community Initiatives: Redefining Community Development

Part I: New Partnerships Driving through the Germantown neighborhood in Northwest Philadelphia is a study in contrasts. Huge stone mansions stand side-by-side with boarded and...

Comprehensive Community Initiatives: Lessons in Neighborhood Transformation

In the September/October 1995 issue of Shelterforce, William Traynor wrote that the principle of "community building" is gaining prominence among community-based organizations and their...

Comprehensive Community Initiatives: Resources and Contacts

Publications There seems to be an unavoidable tension between community groups and foundations in CCIs, according to a study of six case CCIs, included in...

Redefining Community Development

Part II: Collaborating for Change (Click here for Part 1: New Partnerships) Willie Mae Gaskin can't walk through the halls of the Warren/Conner Development Coalition (WCDC)...

Comprehensive Community Initiatives: Selected Initiatives

Neighborhood Partners Initiative The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation's Neighborhood Partners Initiative supports community building and neighborhood stabilization projects in one- to five-block neighborhoods in...

Residents Need to Own Community Change

To get beyond superficial input, involve residents in a development from start to finish, from planning to implementation to ownership.

The Past, Present, and Future of Community Development

The changing face of achieving equity in health, education, and housing in the United States.

Comprehensive Community Initiatives

The report examines how community groups work together toward the common purpose of changing the way their local systems (housing, schools, welfare) work and the way community groups work within those systems.

And The World Keeps Changing

Twenty-five years ago, in the midst of a growing tenant movement, I chaired a meeting at Pat Morrissy's old wood frame house in East...

Twenty-Five Years of Building Power and Capacity

The first issue of Shelterforce was published during an era of reaction and retrenchment after a period of profound social movement among poor people....

We Build the Road as We Travel

Twenty five years ago, Chicago's west side had suffered rapid racial change, disinvestment, five riots (quelled by National Guard troops), and disintegration of community...

The United Way’s New Business Plan for Community Development

These cannot be fun times at the United Way of America (UW). An astonishing scandal at the National Capital chapter, covering Washington, DC, and...

Restoring Confidence in the CDC Model

Have we lost faith in our friends? Results driven standards killed a system meant to help in ways beyond the quantifiable. We need trust to revive the model.

Network Organizing: A Strategy for Building Community Engagement

Across the country there is a fundamental condition that consistently undercuts even the most successful community development efforts: chronic disengagement. In most cities, public...

Community Control Without Tears

Organizing for Community Controlled Development: Renewing Civil Society, by Patricia Watkins Murphy and James V. Cunningham. Sage Publications. 2003. 360 pp. $42.95 (paperback). ...

Comprehensive Community Initiatives: Executive Director Profiles

Emanuel Freeman Emanuel Freeman's organizing career began in the mid-1960s, soon after he graduated from high school in Philadelphia's Germantown neighborhood. In working to make...

Comprehensive Community Initiatives: Getting the Most from Independent Evaluations

Most of the CCIs now underway in cities and regions around the country have been launched as foundation-sponsored demonstrations; as such they usually include...

Never Give Up on a Good Idea

In the 1960s, a small group of well-meaning government officials had a great notion: empower the poor to guide their own economic recovery by...

Comprehensive Community Initiatives: Words Not Whacks

You've had it! You've tried your best to remain calm and reasonable in a conflict, but your last nerve has been plucked. What now? WAIT....

Regional Solutions and Community Empowerment

Signs of a thriving economy abound – a booming stock market, millions of new jobs, and the first balanced budget presented to Congress in...