James DeFilippis

James DeFilippis is an associate professor at the Bloustein School of Planning and Public Policy at Rutgers University. Benjamin Faust is a policy associate for Community Solutions.

Immigration and Community Development Corporations

How do CDCs transform—or not—along with the communities they serve?

What Kind of Community Organizations and for What Purpose?

We expect the "solutions" to social problems to be found within the community, and yet community groups, more often than not, work beyond their communities' boundaries. Why? Because they see the reality that if social and economic justice are to be realized in a community, then changes that are larger than the community must take place.

How to Overcome the Current Limitations in Theory and Practice

Our forthcoming book, Contesting Community, outlines several propositions in the closing chapter that have been put in place in various ways by the organizations...