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Spring 2019

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From Sustainability to Resilience

My first reaction to the emergence of “resilience” as a lens for viewing community development was mostly informed by skepticism.

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A child stands in front of a sign that reads "Low Water Landscape." Photo by 100 Resilient Cities
Community Development Field

Resilience 101

Community development fits well within the growing resilience movement—and connecting the two more explicitly could make their work even more powerful.

Equity

Disaster Aid Perpetuates Inequality

After natural disasters, recovery efforts tend to lift up those who have resources to bounce back quickly, but cement poverty for those with modest means.

Flooding in North Charleston, South Carolina
Policy

The Uncertain Flood Zone

Communities need accurate maps and more access to data to increase flood resilience—but right now FEMA’s not providing that.

Several groups gather at the Bayou Bienvenue to rid the area of water hyacinths. Joint efforts like this help build neighborhood resilience.
Community Development Field

NOLA Brings a Holistic Focus to Resilience

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.

Parks can be a key component of building resilience. Two women walk adjacent to Buffalo Bayou Park in downtown Houston, Texas.
Community Development Field

Designing for Climate Change

How can affordable housing be more resilient to extreme weather and better prepared to deal with the consequences of climate change?

People work to build a home using an approach to create a passive house.
Housing

To Build Affordable and Green, Consider Passive Houses

By building energy-efficient properties, Habitat reduces heating costs and frees up more than $100 each month for homeowners.

A rendering of the Restore Oakland building, which will be a 12,000-square-foot community advocacy and training center.
Community Development Field

Buying Power: Why Nonprofits Should Own Their Space

Four reasons why organizations should consider owning property in the neighborhood they work in.

A man, who is surrounded by people holding signs, speaks at a podium in in New York.
Organizing Strategy

Moving Beyond Place-Based Community Organizing

How to train organizers to work across various communities, not just neighborhoods.

Q: Can Including Rent and Utility Payments in Credit Scores Reduce Racial Disparities in Lending?

Including rent and utility payments in credit reports and scoring models can increase credit scores, and reduce racial disparities in credit scores.

detroit skyline
Organizing

Organizing for Water Security in Detroit

A coalition’s comprehensive study on the Detroit region’s water ills also acts as a road map to organizers’ work around water justice.

Dripping faucet.
Health

The Connection Between Water, Justice, and Health

Our talk with Radhika Fox, the CEO of the US Water Alliance, about water justice and ways to build stronger communities.

Health

Why We Must First Be Well Before We Can Do the Work of the People

An Alaskan collective’s perspective on taking care of oneself can apply to organizations that work with communities that have experienced trauma. After all, organizations should make the mental and physical health of their staff a top priority, too.