Karen Ceraso

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Karen Ceraso was an editor at Shelterforce from 1995 to 1999.

Seattle Neighborhood Planning

At first glance, the Neighborhood Planning Program in Seattle, Washington, sounds like a remarkably progressive idea. Begun in 1995, the program is one of...

Urban Horizons

Scents drifted from a kiosk in the lobby of the Urban Horizons Center for Food Production and Entrepreneur Support, which trains low-income women in...

Eyesore to Community Asset

On a hill just west of downtown Los Angeles sits the Mary Andrews Clark Memorial Home, a 1912 "Chateauesque" building that The Los Angeles...

Whatever Happened to the Tenants Movement?

Last June, thousands of New Jersey tenants wrote to Republican Governor Christine Whitman and urged her to include more tenant/consumer voices on a Landlord-Tenant...

Remaking Public Housing

Charter Oak Terrace: Life, Death and Rebirth of a Public Housing Project, David Radcliffe. 194 pp. Hartford, CT: Southside Media, 1998. As housing...

Cleaner, Greener Chattanooga

Chattanooga, Tennessee, identified as the most polluted city in America by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in 1969, is now hailed as the...

Section 3: A Viable Solution for Job Creation?

Dina Schlossberg of Regional Housing Legal Services in Glenside, Pennsylvania, compares Section 3 of the Housing and Urban Development Act of 1968 to the...

Community Action Agencies

Born amid 1960s strife, nearly 1,000 Community Action Agencies fight poverty all over America today. While CAAs deliver essential services, a renewed focus on...

Bringing School Home

"Ms. Clanton," called a student as Michelle Clanton made her way down the hall of Camden Middle Community School in Newark, New Jersey. For...

Andrew Cuomo

Perhaps the most well-known secretary since HUD's inception, Secretary Cuomo has made much of his efforts to rebuild HUD and restore Congressional and public faith in the department. A year into Cuomo's term, Congress and the media are slowly beginning to show signs of acknowledging that housing and urban development issues are worth at least a small degree of attention.

Remembering Rights

Without safe streets, decent housing is nothing more than a comfortable prison. In many low-income neighborhoods, community organizations have tackled the problems that crime...

Holding Ground: The Rebirth of Dudley Street

 Holding Ground: The Rebirth of Dudley Street, 58 minute video produced by Leah Mahan and Mark Lipman, Holding Ground Productions, will be aired on...

Partners in Policing

When Nutley, New Jersey, Police Chief Robert DeLitta and Sgt. Steve Rogers saw a letter in the local newspaper from an African-American woman who...

Fighting for Worker’s Rights in Maine

Years of alleged wage, immigration, safety, and civil rights violations, environmental sanctions, and other infractions at the DeCoster egg farm in Turner, Maine, have...

Mike McKee on Winning the Rent Control Battle

In June, New York State legislators passed legislation extending the state's rent protection laws . The New York State Tenants and Neighbors Coalition (NYSTNC)...

National Alliance of HUD Tenants:

In Mid-June, Mary Yeaton, a tenant activist from Boston, testified before the Senate on the Multifamily Assisted Housing Reform Bill (S. 513). Yeaton lives...

Halfway Home

A transitional housing and treatment center in Newark helps women re-learn how to liveAs Diane Glauber points out in this issue, transitional housing is...

Community Baking

The Greyston Foundation blends personal transformation, entrepreneurship, and Zen Buddhist philosophy. Can this combination fulfill the Foundation's aim to transform both the individuals and...

CRA Guerrilla Fighter, Bruce Marks

After a raucous Senate Banking Committee hearing exploring Fleet Financial Group's record on lending to minority communities, the Federal Reserve Board governors agreed to...

Spotted Owl, Snail Darter and… Rent Control

Is Rent Control Heading for Extinction?In signing Massachusetts rent-control's death warrant in January, Governor William Weld effectively dropped the number of U.S. states with...

Is Mixed-Income Housing the Key?

An old idea is becoming conventional wisdom as private and public affordable housing providers create mixed-income multifamily housing.In a book-filled room at the New...