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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 Danger of Middle-Income People Feeling the Affordability Crisis

The housing affordability crunch is being felt by ever more people. As this year's State of the Nation's Housing...

How Not To Do Economic Development

Camden is one of the most distressed cities in the United States, and if any city needs state help...

A New Perspective on Housing Tenure

Those of us who work in housing and housing policy know how complicated housing tenure can be. The most common forms of tenure, which...

No Going Back to Segregation After Landmark Texas Fair Housing Case

As a Texas houser and fair housing advocate, I have been an anxious and interested outside observer of the...

Tweaks to CRA Q&A Document Miss the Larger Picture

During the dog days of summer this July, the federal bank agencies decided to quietly bunt instead of swing...

“Your Lease Should Be Next to Your Bible,” #RentersDayofAction

This Tuesday, advocates took to the microphone on the steps of Newark City Hall and spoke passionately about the city they love and their...

The Politics of Dis-Belonging

The field of creative placemaking has been challenged for its aversion to addressing the politics of social space as...

California Transit Agencies Bring Affordable Housing to Scale

In a recent Shelterforce blog post, we discussed the catalysts for the adoption of equity and sustainability as core principles in a new development...

Cleveland–East Cleveland Merger Plan Overlooks Main Issue

East Cleveland, a struggling suburb of Cleveland, has ended up in so much fiscal distress that it is considering allowing...

Let’s Get Rid of the Words “Property” and “Manager”

One of my first jobs as a young housing professional in the 1980s at a local public housing authority...

At the Table…and Being Heard

In the fall of 2015, members of the 11th Street Bridge Park project and Washington Performing Arts invited me to participate in an Arts Task...

How Does Mobile Banking Affect the Unbanked?

The absence of bank branches and the proliferation of high-priced alternative lenders in the region only underscore the importance of access to affordable financial services.

Not All Community Organizations Have the “Next Big Idea.” Yet.

Fifteen years ago, one of Fahe's member organizations in West Virginia reached out to a national foundation to request...

A New Paradigm for California Transit: Equity, Sustainability, and Housing

Across the country, inequity is a defining issue of our time, and in Los Angeles and the San Francisco...

Foundations Shrugged

Editor's Note: Ruth Loess (her pen name) is our newest blog contributor who will bring something different to our...

From Barracks to Apartments: Serving Vets in Transition

As regular readers of Shelterforce know, with the Consolidated Appropriations Act of 2008, Congress provided $75 million to the...

Universities Step Up and Commit to Challenging Inequality

Campus Compact—a group that brings together 1,100 colleges and universities to advance civic responsibility—held its 30th annual conference where it called on member campuses to develop Civic Action plans to embrace a set of five community commitments.

A Non-Profit Housing Acquisition Program Could Protect The Displaced

In a recent post on my website, I wrote about the need for a new affordable housing policy—one that...

Starting a Social Enterprise? You Need to Know This

Those of us in the affordable housing industry have often required our general contractors to have a payment and...

Earned Income Should Not Replace Public Funding for Community Development

The second article in our New Frontiers series, “Getting Beyond the Developer Fee“ has spurred some discussion. ...