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The Shelterforce blog (formerly known as Rooflines) is a forum for voices in the community development, affordable housing, community organizing, neighborhood revitalization, and related fields to challenge each other and other stakeholders; share ideas, successes, and failures; and pose questions to one another. Learn how you or your organization can submit a post.

The Rural/Red Take on Reality

Since few writers have mused so far on this blog about the results of last week's elections, I may as...

BPC’s Housing Commission Sounds Promising…

The DC-based think tank Bipartisan Policy Center announced the full member roster of its housing commission last week. The announcement comes two months after...

Mixing Multiple Housing Types Within Multiunit Buildings

There are two ways to look at the issue, in terms of what is 1) called “land tenure“ or in...

How Immigrants Are Revitalizing America’s Fading Suburbs

The Urbanophile, Aaron Renn, has an interesting new post about how American suburbs, particularly inner-ring suburbs, are being revitalized by immigrant populations. His...

Housing, Credit Woes: When Can We Exhale?

After a week of dizzying feints by the White House, the Treasury Secretary, the head of the Federal Reserve, and some members of Congress,...

So Why Are Those Rural Housing Programs at USDA Anyway?

Housing folks often wonder why the U.S. Department of Agriculture has rural housing programs. The answer goes back to the...
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Housing Advocates—Seize This Moment!

I’ve been working to address housing affordability since the late 1970s. There has never been this much media and public focus on the issue.

Master of Low Expectations

<a href="http://www.robertreich.org>Former Secretary of Labor Robert Reich offers faint praise for the foreclosure fixes working their way through Congress, calling them <a href=">better than...

Fair Share Advocates Have to Keep Up Their Guard

“Repeal efforts never go away. Advocates need to remain organized and ready to launch a defense or counter-attack.” ...

“Workforce Housing” Is an Insulting Term

So folks, we need to have a chat about this whole “workforce housing” thing. It's a problem. Or rather, the way it is often being used these days is a problem, which is as shorthand for housing for people who aren't really low-income, but are still having trouble affording housing in a hot market. Moderate […]

Public School Closures: Loss And Opportunity

In many people’s minds, a neighborhood is not complete without a public school, as they not only hold the key to the next generation’s success, but also represent an open and welcoming space for civic interaction. Practitioners, policymakers, and researchers alike have based their work on this vision. Local school districts and community partners have […]

New York State’s Affordable Housing Developers: What They Do, How They Do It

In the first part of our series, we ask affordable housing developers in NYC how they deal with community opposition and how they overcome it.

Church Foreclosures on the Rise

Boston's historic Charles Street AME never missed a mortgage payment, but the church could not refinance and ultimately fell in arrears on its $4...

Halting the Oil Slick’s Spread

It was bound to happen: Oil goes up to $140-plus a barrel and the president calls for offshore drilling and opening up the Arctic...

FHA’s Delicate Balancing Act

The FHA’s recent financial report card to Congress indicating that the agency may need to turn to the US Treasury...

Making Home (Really) Affordable

As President Obama last week headed west to Nevada to promote a $1.5 billion program that would hone in on five states — Nevada,...

Creating a Level Playing Field in the Foreclosure Process

Congressional action is hard these days. Last year, Congress came close, but failed, to passing significant reforms to bankruptcy rules that would have allowed...

A Farm-to-Fork Movement, Starting with the Corner Store

One of the more intriguing aspects of the local food movement in the United States is the effort to...
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Let’s Get Explicit: Social Justice in Asset Based Community Development

Four Asset Based Community Development practices that support social justice frameworks when practitioners make them explicit and intentional.

NCRC: Why Were You There?

We had a great opportunity to interview several attendees of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition’s 2011 annual conference on what they hoped to achieve,...