Peter Dreier

53 Posts

Peter Dreier is professor of politics at Occidental College and has contributed to Shelterforce since the 1970s. He served for many years on the board of the National Housing Institute and was a founder of the Massachusetts Tenants Organization in the 1980s and has worked with housing activist groups since then.
Opinion

We Must Strengthen the Labor-Housing Coalition

It’s time to forge a new coalition of labor unions and housing justice activists at the national, state, and local levels.

A nighttime view of Los Angeles from a distance, with glittering lights and above them a sky that's not altogether dark.
Practitioner Voice

How Los Angeles Won the Largest Municipal Housing Program in the Country

The ambitious funding campaign took strong cross-movement organizing and the right political moment.

Obituary

Eminent and Notorious: Radical Urban Planner Chester Hartman (1936-2023)

An appreciation of the life and work of Chester Hartman, a radical planner in the service of a vision of social justice.

Obituary

Jerome Rappaport: Generous Philanthropist or Rapacious Developer?

During his life, he made large donations to hospitals, colleges, and museums. He also razed an entire neighborhood to the ground and fought fervently to degrade tenant rights.

Opinion

Not Your Granddad’s Suburb: Trump’s Racist Appeals Fall Flat In Diversified Suburbs

Trump attempted to win over the suburbs by using racist buzzwords, demonstrating his ignorance of what modern suburbia looks like.

renter rights rally
Housing

How California’s “Sleeping Giant” Woke Up and Won Statewide Rent Caps

California’s momentous statewide win for statewide rent caps is owed to organizers and the power of organizing. Now that the giant is awake, what’s next?

Organizing

Jane Jacobs: Defender of Cities and their People

On April 10, 1968, New York state officials scheduled a public hearing to discuss their plans for an expressway that would have sliced across Lower Manhattan and displaced hundreds of […]

Policy

How to Make Housing Affordable for All the Working Poor

The headlines tell the story: “Half of all renters can’t afford the rent.” “Renters, get ready to take it on the chin.” “The rent crisis is about to get a […]

Community Development Field

The Revitalization Trap

Place-based initiatives won’t address the kinds of injustice and poverty that community development was formed to fight.

With responses by Brentin Mock and Miriam Axel-Lute.

Equity

Segregation 101

A year after Michael Brown, an unarmed black teenager, was shot and killed by a white police officer in Ferguson, Missouri, The New York Times published a front-page article about racism in the St. Louis area. What it doesn’t address is …

Community Development Field

The Revitalization Trap

[Editor's note: while we remodel our websites, content originally intended to run on Shelterforce online will run here, on the Rooflines blog. This article is a web exclusive.] The community […]

Housing

The Stunning Inequality Overlooked in the Nation’s “Housing Recovery”

This piece has been excerpted from “What is Mel Watt Waiting For?“ originally published on Huffington Post. —- Mel Watt, the head of the powerful Federal Housing Finance Agency, which […]