Alice Chasan

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Alice Chasan served as editor and associate publisher of Shelterforce from 2007 to 2008.

News in the Future Tense

What a great attention-grabber.Dated July 4, 2009, the lead story in the edition of The New York Times handed out to commuters in...

After Nov. 4: Bringing It All Back Home

Interviewed on “The Takeaway” this morning, Emory University psychology professor Drew Westen, author of The Political Brain, had this to say about how President-elect...

They Heard the News Today

My first email of the first day after the election of Barack Obama as president came from Serbia.Its sender is a longtime colleague,...

The Vote Rocked Me

I arrived at my polling place this morning, not knowing what kind of scene to expect.After days of TV images of snaking lines,...

Frayed Democratic Fabric? Try Tissue of Lies

In his post today on Rooflines, my colleague Matthew Hersh lays out the “What If” scenarios aswirl in the zeitgeist in the weeks leading...

Lions and Lambs or Vultures: Who’ll Prevail?

The House Financial Services Committee met this morning to begin, ever so tentatively, to redraw the regulatory landscape for the financial services industry in...

McCain’s Nashville Flatline

John McCain’s newly unveiled idea — a buyout of “bad mortgages” to the tune of $300 million — left a lot of viewers bemused...

McCain’s Bad-Mortgage Buyout

The second presidential debate just ended.John McCain threw out a new policy proposal tonight that came as a surprise: He announced that he’d direct...

Left Behind by the “Rescue”

At week’s end, there’s not much good news, but instead a world of pain to report.As of today, Americans have a “rescue plan” that...

Does HUD’s “Hope” Float?

Today’s New York Times editorial titled “Show Us the Hope” slams the inadequacies of both the Bush administration’s and Congress’s attention to the plight...

Disappearing Ink: Why No Coverage of the Demonstrations?

CNN this morning reported that grass-roots groups are organizing demonstrations across the country against what they’re calling the Bush administration’s “cash for trash” bailout...

Congress Can’t Give House Room to Paulson’s Section 8

Listening to Secretary of the Treasury Henry Paulson testify before the Senate Banking Committee, I’m marveling at his insistence to Republican Sen. Mel Martinez,...

Toxic Assets: The Diagnosis Comes Too Late for Foreclosed Homeowners

From AFP today: The 700-billion dollar Wall Street bailout plan, put together last week by the U.S. administration, would allow the U.S .Treasury to sell...

When Worldviews Collide

John McCain reinvented himself — again — this morning. And the latest avatar is the reincarnation of Sen. Joseph McCarthy.Speaking in Green Bay, Wisc....

Why Has Palin Cooled Toward ARDOR?

Let’s take a closer look at GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin’s record on community organizing.It seems, as I said in my previous...

North to Alaska—Where Organizers Roam

Very enlightening :I came across an article today on the Minnesota Independent, an online news source, titled Palin’s Maligning Aside, Alaska’s Rife with Community...

Who You Gonna Call?

Hurricane Gustav blew into the Gulf Coast on Labor Day weekend, almost three years to the day that Katrina brought its misery to New...

Service Forum: McCain’s Moment of Truthiness

Just finished watching ServiceNation’s presidential forum on national service, and I’m here to give credit where it’s due: Judy Woodruff asked John McCain to...

Making Lemonade

Here’s a great example of the law of unintended consequences:The McCain campaign’s sour, distortive targeting of community organizing in an attempt to marginalize Barack...

McCain’s Service Problems

I hope the moderators press McCain on his campaign’s assault on community organizing and how it jibes with the convention’s theme of “service.”

What Palin Could Have Said…

The pushback from around the country is bracing.No sooner did NHI president John Atlas post on Rooflines, setting the record straight on community...

Alinsky’s Organizing Writ Large

I came across a letter to the editor of the Boston Globe written by L. David Alinsky, son of community-organizing pioneer Saul Alinsky. It’s...

Reintroducing America to Itself

Tonight, the first evening of the Democratic convention, America was reintroduced to its grass roots. Some memorable moments: Jimmy Carter addressed the hall via video...

One Less Truth-Teller

Congresswoman Stephanie Tubbs Jones, Democrat of Ohio, died yesterday after suffering a burst brain aneurysm.Tubbs Jones, 58, was the first black woman to...

Housing Bill: Look Past the “Bailout” Blather

Invisible amid all of the media talk of a congressional “bailout” for Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac is a triumph for affordable housing advocates...

Housing, Credit Woes: When Can We Exhale?

After a week of dizzying feints by the White House, the Treasury Secretary, the head of the Federal Reserve, and some members of Congress,...

No Sense of Decency?

Kari Lydersen has been posting on Rooflines from New Orleans this week, offering first-person witness to the sorry plight of the city’s poor and...

Moving at Warp Speed

I don’t know much about physics or math. My claim to Einsteinian expertise pretty much begins and ends with The Photo. It hangs on...

Drops in the Bucket on Racial Inequality

Check out Greg Squires’ challenge in yesterday’s article on The Nation’s Web site to talk about race in a way that matters during...

What’s the Take-Away of the Jim Johnson Saga?

So James A. Johnson has resigned from Barack Obama’s vice president search committee in the aftermath of the Wall Street Journal’s revelations that Johnson,...

Sleaze Gramm for Sen. McCain

Now that the Democratic primary race is over, will the mainstream media start to scrutinize John McCain?Let’s hope they begin looking beyond the “maverick”...

Nathan, Obama’s Got What It Takes

Nathan— You’re talking about attachment to a particular candidate, the kind of personalization of the process that’s led Hillary Clinton supporters to vow they’ll vote...

Obama’s the One: Are You Really Surprised?

I’m not.Call me smug, but I’ve been saying since Barack Obama’s 2007 announcement of his candidacy in Springfield, Ill., that he would take the...

Time for Righteous Indignation

Have you heard of Stan Brock?If not, watch the video below — it will help you to work up a good ration of righteous...

Putting Our Heads Together vs. Knocking Heads

Read Rob McKay and Ori Brafman’s recent post at Huffington Post and you’re likely to feel your pulse race over the transformative possibilities of...

Measuring the Millennials’ Ups and Downs

It’s still the most popular show on television, but “American Idol” has seen its ratings plummet this season.While a record number of Idolators texted...

Signs of the End Times

The end of attack politics, that is.Could it be? Ask Mark McKinnon, who resigned from the McCain campaign Tuesday, fulfilling a vow he’d made...

Master of Low Expectations

<a href="http://www.robertreich.org>Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich offers faint praise for the foreclosure fixes working their way through Congress, calling them <a href=">better than...

Collective Efficacy: The Key to Community Change?

Nandinee Kutty, who, with James Carr, is co-editor of the newly released book Segregation: The Rising Costs For America, comments on my previous...

“Stop Killing People” in Chicago

It’s a national scandal that we’re failing to protect our children.

Make It Better

Welcome to Rooflines, the new group blog of the National Housing Institute.At the risk of going all biblical on you, Rooflines’ launch is one...

Blinded by the Light

These days, it seems like everybody’s talking about housing. That should be good news for advocates working to focus the federal government and the...

Promises in the Rose Garden

Edward Gramlich, who died in early September, spent years as the lone voice on the Federal Reserve board of governors warning about the dangers...

Building a Better Housing Policy

Shelterforce editor Alice Chasan talks to Jonathan F. Fanton, president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, about an ambitious new project aimed at reframing the national conversation about why housing matters.

Conversation Starter

How do we take care of our own? It’s a deceptively simple question that’s so fraught with contention in the American public discourse that...