Interview with Senator Robert Menendez
Shelterforce talks with Sen. Robert Menendez about the ongoing federal response to the housing crisis, the Sustainable Communities Initiative, the Occupy movement, and more.
Shelterforce authors discuss the roles of place, mobility, and displacement on health and neighborhoods.
Interview with Ron Faris, Ocwen CEO
We speak with Ocwen CEO Ron Faris about why principal reduction makes business sense and some of the myths that get perpetuated about it.
Interview with Sister Lillian Murphy, CEO of Mercy Housing
For Sister Lillian Murphy of Mercy Housing, your mission must not be an excuse to make bad business decisions.
In 1975, the founders of Shelterforce took a leap of faith. They understood the profound problems facing distressed communities struggling to find decent housing...
Shelterforce Interview: Mercedes Márquez
HUD Assistant Secretary of Community Planning and Development Mercedes Márquez spoke with Shelterforce about NSP, technical assistance, and the importance of leveraging resources.
Shelterforce Interview: Sandra Henriquez
HUD Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing Sandra Henriquez spoke with Shelterforce to discuss the administration’s Preservation, Enhancement, and Transformation of Rental Assistance initiative and address some of the concerns regarding PETRA’s push to allow public housing authorities to leverage private investments.
Changes, Big and Small
Things keep changing; sometimes for the better, sometimes worse. When President Obama nominated Shaun Donovan as HUD secretary, many of us cheered. Donovan is...
Who Knew? Oh Yeah, We Did
In the November 1999 issue of Shelterforce, Ralph Nader wrote: A study released by the Federal Deposit Insurance Corp. (FDIC) last month found that consolidation...
The Barney Frank Challenge
Barney Frank, the Massachusetts Democrat and chairman of the house Financial Services Committee, sits down with Shelterforce to discuss consumer protection, the future of Fannie and Freddie, the role of FHA, and rental housing and offers a challenge to advocates looking to effect change on the federal level.
Interview with HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan
Plucked from New York City's Department of Housing Preservation & Development, Shaun Donovan is leading the effort to make the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development into a relevant, powerful agency.
Interview with Xavier de Souza Briggs, Associate Director for General Government Programs at the...
Xavier de Souza Briggs, Associate Director for General Government Programs at the White House Office of Management and Budget has a portfolio that includes HUD, Treasury, Commerce, Justice, Transportation, and Homeland Security departments, as well as the U.S. Postal Service and Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. All of these make a direct and profound impact in the community development world.
More than Words
Over the past few months we’ve gotten a clear indication of how the Obama administration approaches community development. They have articulated a comprehensive placed-based...
In Making Home Affordable, Banks that Helped Create the Foreclosure Crisis Continue to Profit
In February, the Obama administration launched the Home Affordable Modification Program, an ambitious program that will use up to $75 billion dollars to prevent...
Hope, Action, Change
Reading David Moberg’s article on presidential candidate Barack Obama’s days as a community organizer, I was struck by a quote from an Obama fundraising...
The Struggle for Fairness
On November 7 voters around the nation expressed their disdain for the current Congressional leadership. In January, both Houses will change hands. As the...
Season of Change
At the apex of the civil rights and social justice movements, a new type of organization, the community development corporation (CDC), was created. CDCs...
Hallmarks of Success
In Lawrence, MA, a group of residents had what should have been a simple request: that the city improve its trash collection in their...
In 1990, Atlanta’s per capita income was below that of its metro area. But in 2004, after years of encouraging professionals to move to...
New Movements for a New Era
Three decades ago, a group of activists came together to create a social justice movement to organize poor and working-class people around the issues...