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Faith Based Directory

Under the new administration, faith-based groups are going to be asked to play an increasing role in solving social ills and building sustainable communities....

Shelter Shorts

Debunking the Property Values Myth – Again!  Hear ye, hear ye. Low-income housing does not drag down nearby property values – at least not in...

Homeownership Tax Credits

As a candidate, George W. Bush had little to say about housing issues except to propose a $1 billion tax credit to promote homeownership....

Community Development News

Wages Are Falling Farther Behind Housing Prices   A worker would have to earn $13.87 per hour – called the “Housing Wage”– to afford the national median fair market rent for a two-bedroom rental house or apartment according to Out of Reach 2001: America’s Growing Wage-Rent Disparity, published by the National Low Income Housing Coalition […]

Shelter Shorts

You can lead housing to the candidates, but...On June 24th, attempting to draw Vice-President Al Gore's attention to housing issues, the Industrial Areas Foundation...

Community Development Legislative News

New Bill to Establish National Affordable Housing Trust Fund  Senator John F. Kerry (D-MA) introduced S. 2997, the National Affordable Housing Trust Fund Act...

Shelter Shorts

Welfare-Style Time Limits Spread to HousingSan Mateo County, CA is offering 300 families the chance to skip to the top of the Housing Authority's...

Community Development Legislative News

HUD Budget Threatened – Again On June 21, the House of Representatives passed (256-169) H.R. 4635, the FY01 VA/HUD appropriations bill. The bill cuts...

Shelter Shorts

News Flash: Segregation in Public Housing!Almost half a century after the Fair Housing Act, it has finally become unacceptable for the agency charged with...

Community Development Legislative News

H.R 1776 Seeks to Expand Homeownership On Thursday, April 6, H.R. 1776, a far-reaching and far-ranging bill with more than a few provisions communities...

Shelter Shorts

And the Beat Goes On: Mega-mergers ContinueCitigroup has announced plans to acquire The Associates for $31.1 billion. The Associates, the largest publicly traded finance...

Shelter Shorts

Housing Crisis Hurts Student AchievementAffordable housing advocates have long argued that effects of the affordable housing crisis extend well beyond low-income people's day-to-day struggle...

Housing and Community Development Campaign 2000

Decent affordable housing in healthy communities for all Americans is just as essential for our nation's social and economic well-being as are affordable health...

HUD Budget Request

President Clinton's fiscal year 2001 (FY01) budget request submitted to Congress February 7 seeks increases for HUD programs in general. In a recent Memo...

Leadership Training at HANDS

Four years ago, Pat Morrissy, director of the community development corporation HANDS, Inc., and Arnold Rintzler, a business consultant, marched side by side in...

Leadership Training Directory

The desire to learn constantly is a primary characteristic of a good leader. And one of the roles of community organizations is providing new...

Shelter Shorts

Portland Wisdom Spreads, If SlowlyIt took a while, but Denver has become the second city in the country to pass an ordinance aimed at...

Shelter Shorts

New York City Sweeps Up HomelessNew York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani has struck again, this time against the city's homeless. Homeless advocates were already...

Shelter Shorts

Journalism of NoteFollowing Up on Welfare Reform An extensive article series by Donna McGuire in The Kansas City Star (August 8-9, 1999) followed up...

“No Evictions. We Won’t Move!”

"This land is too valuable to permit poor people to park on it."  -Justin Herman, former executive director of the San Francisco Redevelopment Agency, 1970 The...

Housing Legislative News

Congress Guts CRA The bill that emerged from conference committee negotiations over the financial modernization bills, H.R. 10 and S. 900, would gut the...

Shelter Shorts

NC Leads Predatory Lending FightIn late July, North Carolina Governor Jim Hunt signed what State Attorney General Mike Easley says is the toughest predatory...

Housing Legislative News

House Committee Slashes HUD Funding "Death by a thousand cuts" is how some have described the House VA-HUD-IA Appropriations Subcommittee's mark-up on July 26. The...

Shelterforce Roundtable: Housing Justice Today

On March 29th, 1999, Shelterforce convened the leaders of ten national housing and social justice organizations to discuss the accomplishments and challenges of the...

Shelter Shorts

Hot Housing Market for Whom?While homeownership rates soared to an all-time high in 1998, the housing boom has led to higher rents and housing...

Shelter Shorts

Landlord Must Accept Section 8The New Jersey Supreme Court said in March that landlords cannot refuse to participate in the Section 8 program if...

Community Development Legislative News

From the National Low Income Housing Coalition President Submits HUD's FY2000 Request The Clinton administration submitted its FY2000 budget request to Congress on February...

Definitions of Sustainable Development

The phrase "sustainable development" means different things to different people. Here are a collection of some of them:  "positive socioeconomic change that...

Location Efficient Mortgages

When families rely on public transit rather than automobiles for travel needs, they spend less on transportation. When they shop, work, recreate, socialize, learn,...

Minneapolis Goes Green

Minneapolis's inner city is home to The Green Institute, a nonprofit economic development organization focused on sustainable enterprise. Incorporated in 1993, the institute originated...

Shelter Shorts

The Welfare ShuffleAs President Clinton and other politicians hail the news of the drop in welfare rolls across the country, a less rosy scenario...

Washington News & Views

Community Reinvestment Act Under Attack AgainThe financial services modernization bill that almost passed last year is back, and would permit broad affiliations between banks,...

Other Job Training Initiatives of Note

Esperanza Unida, Inc. 1329 W. National Ave. Milwaukee, WI 53204 414-671-0251 A CDC focusing on job training, Esperanza has programs preparing people for...

Shelter Shorts

Journalism of Note: The Economic Cleansing of San FranciscoIn its 33rd Anniversary Issue, the San Francisco Bay Guardian (10/7/98) highlights the city's growing gentrification....

Legislative News

1998 ElectionsSenate Banking and Financial Services Committee Chairman Alfonse D'Amato (R-NY) was defeated in his race for re-election on November 3 by Charles Schumer...

Shelter Shorts

Section 8: More to Come Still Not Enough After a three-year drought, Congress has approved new Section 8 vouchers – 50,000 for FY '99. And...

Training Directory

Where do you go when you want to put organizing ideas into practice? Whether you are starting out, branching out, or burning out, the...

Activists in Action

Justice in the Workplace Although there has always been a core of religious allies focused on labor issues, during the '70s and '80s they...

CDC Networks and Intermediary Organizations

As the community development industry has grown, networks, associations, and intermediaries have developed to support CDCs and other community-based organizations. Some provide funding, some...

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 CommunityGrowing from a neighborhood effort to keep six single-family homes from being demolished to make way for a garment...

Shelter Shorts

From Welfare to UnemploymentChallenging 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 DoorsAs of early April, the principal sponsors of legislation to deregulate public housing and to merge the Section...

Shelter Shorts

Mega-Merger ManiaThe 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 Communuity Builder: Kathy Brown

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

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 DiversityThree 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...

Comprehensive Community Initiatives: Resources and Contacts

PublicationsThere 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...

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...

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...

Sources for Section 8 Resource Materials

Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation1325 G, NW, Ste. 800 Washington, DC  20005 202-376-2400www.nw.orgNational Low Income Housing Coalition 1012 Fourteenth St., N.W. #1200 Washington, DC  20005 202-662-1530 www.nlihc.orgLocal Initiatives Support Corporation 733 Third Avenue New...

LIHPRHA

For three years, the President, HUD, and the House of Representatives have taken steps to defund the Low Income Housing Preservation and Resident Homeownership...

Shelter Shorts

Senate Takes Aim at Income TargetingEager to get started on summer recess, the Senate tabled discussion on the Public Housing Reform and Responsibility Act...

Shelter Shorts

500 New Homeowners; One Dead Housing ProgramHundreds of western Massachusetts tenants became homeowners this past summer because of their work through the Anti-Displacement Project,...

Tenant Self-Sufficiency Programs in St. Louis

"EHPC started back in 1979 over breakfast at Howard Johnson's," recalls Lynn Broeder, founder of the Ecumenical Housing Production Corporation in St. Louis. It...

Shelter Shorts

New York's Rent Regulations Expire; Compromise ReachedTheir worst nightmares realized, 2.5 million tenants watched rent regulations expire at 12:01 a.m. on June 16, leaving...

Shelter Shorts / Short Takes

Rent War Rages in New York CityA pitched battle is underway in New York State, as landlord and tenant advocates square off over the...

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...

Shelter Shorts / Short Takes

Rent War Rages in New York City A pitched battle is underway in New York State, as landlord and tenant advocates square off over the expiration of rent regulations this June 15. Republican State Senate majority leader Joseph Bruno has vowed to let rent protections “sunset” if leadership reaches no deal with Assembly Democrats. But […]

The Reports are In: Homeownership Rising, Renters Suffering, Income Gaps Growing

City Life, Homeownership, and the American Dream Americans' impressions of cities are improving, according to Fannie Mae's 1997 National Housing Survey, City Life, Homeownership, and...

On The Agenda?

s affordable housing on the American agenda? If you've been reading the national press for the past few months, you might think so. Following...

Cincinnati Homeless Advocate Murdered

Cincinnati Homeless Advocate MurderedLast November 15th, 46 year old Stanley "Buddy" Gray was shot to death in the office of the Drop-Inn Center he...

Strengthening Families and Communities Conference

On November 21, 1996, a woman who served as president of a coalition of blocks in her community rose to speak to a group...

SHELTER SHORTS

MAYORS, ADVOCATES FEAR CUTS Mayor Edward G. Rendell of Philadelphia is one of the first big-city mayors to cite new state welfare regulations as a...

Shelter Shorts

The Rich Get Richer Still...The Census Bureau recently found that the gap between incomes of the most affluent Americans and everyone else was wider...

Shelter Shorts

Public Housing Ordered for Dallas Suburbs On one of many lawsuits filed against HUD, local housing authorities, and cities to reverse decades of ghettoization of...

NHI Activities

March/April 1996 NHI ActivitiesNHI in Cyberspace - John Atlas, NHI board president, and Harold Simon, NHI executive director, participated in the recent Markle Foundation-supported interactive...

Shelter Shorts

NY State Found Guilty of Segregation In the 1960s and 1970s, New York State education officials and the State Legislature actively encouraged the perpetuation of...

Organization Profile Asian Americans for Equality

During the early 1970s, living conditions for Asian-American residents of New York City's Chinatown typified those found in turn-of-the-century slums. In Lower East Manhattan,...

Billions for the Rich, Pennies for the Poor

Once again the top 1% score big with the mortgage interest deduction The current debate over several Republican flat tax proposals has renewed public attention...

Shelterforce Interviews Two CRA Veterans

CRA – Taking It To the Next StepThe success of the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) has been significant. Thanks to the CRA, community groups...

NHI Activities

In the November 25, 1995, New York Times, board member Peter Dreier challenges the banking industry's attempts to gut the Community Reinvestment Act. "The...

Shelter Shorts

Landlord Tastes Own Medicine Newark landlord George Williams recently suffered a fate similar to that of Joe Pesci's character in the movie The Super, in...

HUD's New Balancing Act

  Setting Affordable Housing Performance Goals That Are Meaningful for America's Low-Income Neighborhoods On February 16, 1995, the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) published...

Shelter Shorts

Landlord Tastes Own Medicine Newark landlord George Williams recently suffered a fate similar to that of Joe Pesci’s character in the movie The Super, in which a judge orders Pesci to serve time in the same decrepit building his tenants must endure daily. On November 22, Municipal Judge Paul R. Daniele ordered Williams to serve […]

A Nation in Trouble

Most of us feel today that this country and its communities are in serious trouble. We don't, however, see anyone doing anything ambitious enough...

Washington News and Views

From the National Alliance to End HomelessnessClinton Administration to Propose HUD ReinventionThe Clinton Administration has thought better of a plan it had formulated to...

Shelter Shorts

Rent Control Under SiegeBy the time you read this, rent control ordinances throughout Massachusetts will have been saved or abolished depending on the result...

Recommended Reading

Deals From Hell: How Creative Nonprofits Pull Off Affordable Multifamily Housing with ONLY 11 Funders.Recently, the Community Information Exchange conducted a project that examined...

NHI Activities

The past few months at NHI has been busy and productive.On November 16th, the National Housing Institute will host a conference entitled Saving Affordable...

Washington News and Views

From the National Community Reinvestment CoalitionSecond CRA Rule Released for CommentFair lending groups across the country are reacting to a proposed Community Reinvestment Act...

Shelter Shorts

California tenants save rent control with major grassroots effortIn a major, hard-won victory for tenants, the Senate Judiciary Committee defeated AB 1320 (Costa), the...

Washington News and Views

From the Center for Community ChangeHUD Announces Field Hearings On Discrimination In Property InsuranceU.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is issuing a...

Shelter Shorts

Jury Awards $3.2 Million in Lending Discrimination CaseIn the first jury trial in the United States dealing with mortgage lending discrimination, an individual was...

Shelter Shorts

ACORN Tenant Union Launched in Public HousingOne of the worst legacies of the Reagan-Bush years is the state of the nation's public housing. While...

NHI Activities

Things move fast around here.Carole Norris, National Housing Institute's newest board member, has just joined the National Congress of Community Economic Development as vice...

Washington News and Views

Community Reinvestment Act Reform UpdateIn July, 1993, President Clinton requested that the four banking agencies begin a comprehensive review and overhaul of the regulation...

Shelter Shorts

"NEWS" Experiment to Save CommunitiesThe Center for Neighborhood Technology has developed a computer system, the "Neighborhood Early Warning System (NEWS)" for use in a...

NHI Activities

On November 16th, over one hundred housing activists met with experts from government, universities and community development organizations at the NHI Conference, Saving Affordable...

Shelter Shorts

Jury Awards $3.2 Million in Lending Discrimination Case In the first jury trial in the United States dealing with mortgage lending discrimination, an individual was awarded $3.2 million in damages after a jury determined that he was discriminated against when denied a loan by First Gibraltar Bank (now known as First Madison Bank, FSB).  Gordon […]