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Fall 2017

The front cover of the Fall 2017 edition of Shelterforce magazine.

The Fall 2017 issue of Shelterforce magazine represents a great cross-section of the variety of what community development is. In here we have stories of organizing, housing, health, and arts. Stories of affordable housing challenges in strong markets and weak markets. We have policy, program, and resistance; fighting homelessness and lending to for-profit developers; stories and data, partnerships and individuals; and people and place.

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A graphic for Shelterforce's, "The Answer." This time, we ask: Do rent regulations make the housing crisis worse?

Q: Do Rent Regulations Make the Housing Crisis Worse?

A: No! Despite common fears, decades of evidence shows that rent regulation doesn’t restrict housing supply and quality. Feel free to print and distribute! Click on the image above to […]

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Community Development Field

Why Food-Oriented Development Is Easier to Implement

You’ve heard of transit-oriented development. But food-oriented development might be easier to generate. 

A group of people stand in front of a Chicago home that was rehabbed.
CDFIs

Back in the Game: CDFIs Help 1- to 4-Unit Rental Housing Rebound in Chicago

After the housing crash, Chicago’s 1- to 4-unit rentals weren’t bouncing back in many neighborhoods. Three CDFIs came together to make it happen.

The front cover of the Fall 2017 edition of Shelterforce magazine.
Editor’s Note

Community Development Potpourri

This issue represents a great cross-section of what community development is. We have stories of organizing, housing, health, and arts. Stories of affordable housing challenges in strong and weak markets; we have pieces on policy, program, and resistance; and more.

An abandoned home in Cleveland.
Housing

Myths and Misconceptions About Demolition in Cleveland

Demolition can generate emotional reactions, especially in places with a history of urban renewal. But critics of demolishing any vacant homes are ignoring the evidence.

Pedestrians and bicyclists are shown on the left with new development in the background along the Atlanta Beltline.
Housing

Housing on the Political Agenda in U.S. Elections

No longer an issue that’s hard to rally people around, affordable housing—especially inclusionary housing—is getting talked about in local elections across the country.

Three Minneapolis residents chat while sitting at a table outdoors.
Arts & Culture

Artists as Organizers

Creative placemaking means more than merely adding public art into the mix. To be sustainable it needs to build relationships—and power.

An exterior view of a rowhouse in Philadelphia, Pennslyvania that appears to have some water damage.
Health

Rowhouse Repairs for Health in Philadelphia

In Philadelphia, health care professionals and housing advocates are working together to deliver home repairs to low-income homeowners.

A historical photo of a burned cross with the word "Freedom" in white across it.
Interview

“You’re Not Colored”: The Story of Two Civil Rights Activists of Japanese Descent

We heard about Ed Nakawatase and Tamio Wakayama’s experiences as volunteers with the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee during the American civil rights movement, and the extraordinariness of their witness to the history happening at the time compelled us to pursue a conversation.

A group of people stand outside a home used for transitional housing after it lost funds due to the City of Seattle diverting resources to rapid re-housing.
Opinion

The Overselling of Rapid Re-housing  

Rapid re-housing, originally a strategy to prevent homelessness for households experiencing a temporary financial crisis, is now being promoted widely as a broad solution. But in a high-cost area, it’s possible it might do more harm than good.

Man with a cane stands at the top of set of stairs in a park .
Poetry

Poem: “Gentrification”

I have seen a neighborhood eat itself for dinner

Boarded window with "Resist Immigration Raids" sprayed.
Communities

What to Do When ICE Comes to Your Buildings

If you own and/or manage affordable housing, do you know what to do if ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) shows up on your doorstep looking for someone? If you haven’t thought it through yet, now’s the time.

Mural on wall with faces of girls looking into the distance.
Arts & Culture

Art in the Face of Gentrification

Four representatives of New York City organizations discuss their employment of art and artists to empower residents in the face of gentrification.