John Atlas

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John Atlas is a founder of Shelterforce and board chair emeritus. He is the producer of ACORN and the Firestorm, a film directed by Reuben Atlas and Sam Pollard and author of SEEDS OF CHANGE: The Story of ACORN, America's Most Controversial Anti-Poverty Community Group. He is also the former executive director of the Passaic County Legal Aid Society.

The Politics of Poverty

Can John Edwards make fighting poverty a winning platform?

NYC Tenants Don’t Want Tourists

Tenants in New York City are getting fed up as growing numbers of tourists camp out in their buildings. Landlords have taken to evicting...

The Battle in Brooklyn

In June 2004, inside Brooklyn’s Borough Hall, a stage was packed with New York’s most important political, labor, community and religious leaders. One of...

A Matter of Life and Hope

Mossik Hacobian is not the kind of person you would immediately associate with saving lives. He’s not a cop or a fireman. If you...

Getting Back to the Basics

Diminished Democracy: From Membership to Management in American Civic Life, by Theda Skocpol. University of Oklahoma Press, 2003, 366 pp, $29.95 (hardcover). The...

In Red State Florida, Victory for Working People

While 52 percent of Floridians voted for George Bush in the November election, 72 percent backed a Bush-unfriendly ballot initiative: a constitutional amendment raising...

Housing, Politics and Moral Values

How long will it take for us to wise up? I would guess that almost all readers of Shelterforce feel very deeply that extensive...

What the Movies Miss About Community Development

After a recent viewing of the movie Duplex I was reminded of how little the popular cinema helps us understand urban and housing issues,...

The World As It Should Be

This is a time of anxiety over national security, tax cuts for the rich and high unemployment. National policy starves the federal government of...

Enraging the Right

It’s not everyday that a powerful right-wing think tank takes aim at a grassroots organization – after all, there are many groups working in...

Urban Decline and the Global Economy

Mollie's Job : A Story of Life and Work on the Global Assembly Line, by William M. Adler, Scribner, May 2000. 352pp. $27.50. To understand...

And The World Keeps Changing

Twenty-five years ago, in the midst of a growing tenant movement, I chaired a meeting at Pat Morrissy's old wood frame house in East...

Some Good News for Organizers

It is easy to believe that racial division and a never-ending conservative era will relegate the collective work of community organizers to the margins....

Organizing

The articles in this issue show by example and opinion a range of work collectively known as organizing. While we by no means discuss...

Courting Racial Justice

Our Town: Race, Housing, and the Soul of Suburbia. By David L. Kirp, John P. Dwyer and Larry Rosenthal. Illustrated. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers...
Melvin L. Oliver, Ph.D., joined the Ford Foundation in 1996 as vice president for asset building and community development.

Interview with Melvin L. Oliver of the Ford Foundation

Melvin Oliver, vice president for asset building and community development at the Ford Foundation, talks about community development, black and white wealth, and racial inequality.

New Heritage House Apartments, Denver

A Model for Independent Living "From the very beginning, when its fortunes depended almost exclusively on gold, silver, oil, and real estate, Denver has been......

Author Bios

Saving Affordable Housing Author Bios John Atlas, Co-author and Project Director John Atlas is Executive Director of the Passaic County Legal Aid Society. He is also a...

Grace Apartments, Denver

A Rental Project in a Marginal Location The group of women's religious communities that established the Catherine McAuley Housing Foundation (CMHF) (see New Heritage case...

Appendix A: The Housing Crisis

During the 1980s, home foreclosures soared and homeownership rates declined. Record numbers of households that went too far into debt to buy the "American...