Winton Pitcoff

Winton Pitcoff
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Winton Pitcoff is a former senior editor of Shelterforce and former communications director at National Low Income Housing Coalition. He is currently a consultant and freelance writer in Western Massachusetts.

Manufacturing Affordable Homeownership Solutions

It’s time to take factory-built homes seriously as affordable housing.

Silence on the Stump

Talk of housing is notably absent from the presidential campaigns, but there are efforts underway trying to drive the housing issue home for good.

Educating Consumers Against Predatory Lending

In October 2001, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition established the National Anti-Predatory Lending Consumer Rescue Fund (CRF) to help victims of predatory lenders. CRF...

Promoting Consumer Education Policy

Several institutions across the country are working to promote policies that will expand consumer education and financial literacy opportunities for low-income people. Predatory lending...

Comprehensive Community Initiatives

The report examines how community groups work together toward the common purpose of changing the way their local systems (housing, schools, welfare) work and the way community groups work within those systems.

Homeownership Rescue

Homeowners who can't afford their mortgages can turn to nonprofit housing organizations for help.

Interview with Cushing Dolbeare

After 50 years working as an advocate for low-income housing, Cushing Dolbeare says she is finally committed to working on just housing for a...

EZ’er Said Than Done

The Empowerment Zone Initiative is becoming a model program for community revitalization. Will these programs lead to real community empowerment or will they become just a collection of tax incentives for businesses? The initiative's experience to date offers clues and warnings.

George Knight

After nearly 25 years with Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation (NRC), and ten years as its executive director, George Knight is leaving NRC this September. Knight...

New Hope for Public Housing?

America's hulking public housing towers have provided a shifting symbol through the years. When built, they symbolized a generous system, giving comfort to Americans...

Sustaining Community Power

Growing up in Cleveland, Greg Watson says he "intuitively knew" early on that environmental issues were important, and at Tufts University in the late...

National Congress for Commuity Economic Development (NCCED)

More than three decades after the community development field began to grow by leaps and bounds, community-based development organizations are still taking on the...

Alameda Corridor Jobs Coalition Wins Railroad Jobs

In 1997, residents of Los Angeles area neighborhoods in the path of what will be the largest public/private rail transportation project in the country...

Closing the Wage Gap

Minimum wage doesn't buy what it used to. Based upon the federal government's own poverty line, it's not even enough to survive. To close...

Congressman Henry Gonzalez

One of Congress's leading advocates for the poor and for an open government prepares to leave after 18 terms. It's rare for U.S. Representative Henry...

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.

Redefining Community Development

Part II: Collaborating for Change (Click here for Part 1: New Partnerships) Willie Mae Gaskin can't walk through the halls of the Warren/Conner Development Coalition (WCDC)...

Comprehensive Community Initiatives: Redefining Community Development

Part I: New Partnerships Driving through the Germantown neighborhood in Northwest Philadelphia is a study in contrasts. Huge stone mansions stand side-by-side with boarded and...

Comprehensive Community Initiatives: Executive Director Profiles

Emanuel Freeman Emanuel Freeman's organizing career began in the mid-1960s, soon after he graduated from high school in Philadelphia's Germantown neighborhood. In working to make...

I’m a Tenant and I Vote!

New York's Republican legislators learned a lesson in June: Hell hath no fury like a New York City tenant scorned. Just when it seemed...