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Shelter Shorts

Self-Help CDFI Creates New Market for Low-Income MortgagesFannie Mae, the largest banking organization in America, may soon be rewriting its lending criteria, bringing homeownership...

Homes and Hands

How do community land trusts (CLTs) work? Can they be created in small as well as large communities? Do they require building or rehabbing...

Housing and Community Development Legislative News

Housing Reform Bills After a year of trying to reach consensus on major public and assisted housing reform, House and Senate staff are...

Legislative News

May/June 1998 Washington News and Views Legislative News Congress Raids Section 8 to Fund Emergency Aid The President signed the 1998 Emergency Supplemental Appropriations...

Esperanza Community Housing Corporation:

Building Hope with the Community Growing from a neighborhood effort to keep six single-family homes from being demolished to make way for a garment...

Shelter Shorts

From Welfare to Unemployment Challenging the theories that tougher welfare restrictions impel people to find jobs and that the recent decline in welfare rolls indicates...

Washington News and Views

Public Housing Talks Continue Behind Closed Doors As of early April, the principal sponsors of legislation to deregulate public housing and to merge the Section...

Power and Race in CCIs

In one-on-one interviews and group discussions, participants in community-building initiatives – including initiative managers, local project directors, researchers, technical assistance providers, other community resource...

Shelter Shorts

Rent Decontrol  =  Rising Rents & Falling Diversity Three years after the repeal of rent regulations in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a survey of 1,000 tenants in...

1998 Legislative Agenda

FY1999 HUD Budget "Cities have been at a competitive disadvantage with outlying counties," said HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo in a February 2 New York Times...

Shelter Shorts

Mega-Merger Mania The increasingly rapid rate at which financial institutions are merging has prompted a challenge from a national coalition of community organizations, which is...

Increasing Meeting Turnout

When you have low turnout for governance structure meetings, ask the following questions: Where's the beef? If these meetings mostly consist of reports from staff or...

The Rebuilding Communities Initiative

Launched in 1993, the Annie E. Casey Foundation's (AECF) Rebuilding Communities Initiative (RCI) aims to provide the support services needed to help transform economically...

Profile of a Community Builder: Kathy Brown

Profile of a Community Builder: Kathy Brown A self-described "board junkie," Kathy Brown works with no less than 11 organizations in the Germantown neighborhood of...

Comprehensive Community Initiatives: Selected Initiatives

Neighborhood Partners Initiative The Edna McConnell Clark Foundation's Neighborhood Partners Initiative supports community building and neighborhood stabilization projects in one- to five-block neighborhoods in...

Comprehensive Community Initiatives: Resources and Contacts

Publications There seems to be an unavoidable tension between community groups and foundations in CCIs, according to a study of six case CCIs, included in...

Comprehensive Community Initiatives: Getting the Most from Independent Evaluations

Most of the CCIs now underway in cities and regions around the country have been launched as foundation-sponsored demonstrations; as such they usually include...

Never Give Up on a Good Idea

In the 1960s, a small group of well-meaning government officials had a great notion: empower the poor to guide their own economic recovery by...

NHI Activities

Woody Widrow, NHI board member and former Shelterforce editor, was the recipient of one of the New Jersey Tenants Organization (NJTO) Ronald Atlas Tenant...

Editor’s Note

Reforming Public Housing? An odd thing is happening in Philadelphia. Mayor Rendell and his housing director, John Kromer, have concluded that allowing Section 8 tenants...