The story of the nation's very first land trust shows that sometimes it takes people who have been repeatedly left out of systems to shake us into remembering to aim big, consider new strategies, and leave no one behind.
Shelterforce's Miriam Axel-Lute in conversation with Ed Gorman of NCRC on whether community development financial institutions (CDFIs) are taking enough risk, and therefore, falling short of their mission.
Rural communities are very different places—separated by climate, geography, and often race. But in many other ways, these communities are far more similar than different.
Shelterforce has had its comfort zones, and we’ve largely stayed within them. But it was time to shift our thinking so rural areas were more clearly part of the fold.
A conversation with an NCRC senior research analyst about the organization's report on gentrification, what its findings show and don’t show, and what the policy implications might be.
“We could use some gentrification here.” Let's never say this—we must refrain from debating the long-term likelihood of gentrification in distressed places.
Techniques from the arts world can help us envision and re-envision relationships and systems to spot stress points and opportunities within communities.
My first reaction to the emergence of “resilience” as a lens for viewing community development was mostly informed by skepticism.
Using homeownership as an asset-building mechanism and retirement plan might not be a great thing for our society.
HUD secretary Ben Carson told the right-leaning outlet Newsmax on Monday night that he intends to leave his cabinet post at the end of...
The Regional Affordable & Fair Housing Roundtable pulled off something that has often been elusive—building enough trust between fair housing advocates and place-based community developers to lead to their signing on to a joint agenda.
There is widespread understanding about the vast differences in life outcomes that statistically come with different neighborhoods.
The relationship between pro-building “Yes in My Back Yard” activists, longtime housing advocates, and anti-displacement organizers varies across the country, but has often been fraught with difficulties. Is there a way forward?
And how do we get more of the good and less of the bad?
We have a limited number of dense core neighborhoods where getting around without a car and without a lengthy daily commute are possible.
The data on the relationship between new development, affordability, and displacement is not nearly as clear-cut as advocates (of all persuasions) often imply.
Living in substandard housing affects your mental health as well, several studies have found.
A pair of funds backed by philanthropic heavy hitters tries to take advantage of a moment when all eyes are on housing.
CDFIs across the country were trying to do what they could to ease the effects of the recent government shutdown. Here is just a partial list.
Shelterforce spoke with Race Forward’s Leslie Grant-Spann to find out what it means to have a community benefits agreement for an event, and why it’s important to think about the local impacts of large events.