Harold Simon

Harold Simon
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Harold Simon is executive director of the National Housing Institute and publisher of Shelterforce.

Planning for Success

In an essay last month, John Norquist, president of the Congress for the New Urbanism and former mayor of Milwaukee, asked, “Is Gentrification Really...

Learning Lessons

Two seemingly disparate events occurred in the past few weeks. In LA Antonio Villaraigosa just became the first Latino mayor of that city in...

Challenging Ourselves

Let’s start by saying what isn’t said often enough. Affordable housing and community development practitioners and advocates have done extraordinary work for many decades....

It’s the Mission, Stupid

For the past four years, the Bush administration has been working hard to turn HUD into the Cheshire Cat – all grin, no programs....

Restoring the Commonwealth

Public housing is not a gift to those who cannot find shelter: it is an obligation of the commonwealth that asserts no person living...

The Road to Power

This year, we’ve had to remove our blinders to the notion of “these united states” – a sentiment prescribed by our government since 9/11....

Human and Political Consequences

Not that long ago, Congress decided that, if times got tough financially, some hard decisions would have to be made. If a federal program...

Real Life

The latest variation in “reality” TV shows was announced this summer. Take a couple of privileged young women who are more familiar with charity...

HUD’s Exit Strategy?

“All of the truly needy will not get vouchers. I’ll say that in a minute,” the HUD secretary bluntly told editors of the Washington...

What Lies Ahead

Over the past year, we’ve had the opportunity to meet with many of our readers and colleagues – community builders, advocates, researchers and funders,...

Old Story – New Twist

Thankfully, it’s not 1991 all over again. Despite similarities and some setbacks, there are hopeful signs ahead. Most of our readers know that the...

Dispelling Myths, Offering Thanks, and Saying Goodbye

Although this issue’s focus is at the top of the news, we honestly didn’t know who would be in the White House today when...

Empowerment – From Rhetoric to Reality?

At its outset, the community development field was about resident empowerment. From the War on Poverty to the forging of the community development corporation...

Uniting the Poor and Working Class for Housing, Living Wages and Justice

Social Security is politically sacrosanct for two reasons. First, it serves the elderly, and the elderly vote. Second, even though Social Security (like Medicare)...

Everything Old is New Again

With this issue, we celebrate Shelterforce's 25th anniversary. Shelterforce has come far during this time, from a small quarterly newspaper to a glossy bi-monthly....

New Challenges for Community Builders

As we go to press, the federal budget, including the HUD budget for fiscal year 2001, has just been released. The HUD budget, while...

Hopeful Signs

We hate being bummed out at the end of a millennium. Makes it tough to enjoy those 00 years. But as we approach the...

Cardell Cooper

On August 11, 1999, HUD Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development and former mayor of East Orange, New Jersey, Cardell Cooper returned home...

Moving Out of Poverty

We've had the longest sustained period of economic growth in decades. Unemployment is the lowest it's been since World War II. The number of...

Act Fast

As we go to press, Congress is in recess. Throughout the country, Representatives and Senators extol the booming economy that has resulted in a...