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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.

A Look in the Mirror: Do CDFIs (and CDCs) Reflect Their Communities?

Last year, I wrote about the teeming conference of the Opportunity Finance Network, the trade group for community development financial institutions, with a little bit of awe at how different it was from the rest of the community development world in its growth and optimism, worrying about mission creep rather than survival. This year the […]

Rivlin, SEIU’s Stern, Picked for Debt Commission

President Obama announced today that it had chosen SEIU’s Stern to serve on his deficit commission, formally dubbed the “National Commission on Fiscal Responsibility...

Is It Time to Think About Post-Post-Katrina New Orleans?

Nine years on, New Orleans is a very different place from what it was like in the wake of...

Mr. Nice Guys

Professional athletes have become synonymous with big cars and bling, not with random acts of kindness. But the Houston Texans’ Jason Simmons is not...

Segregation Conversation Goes National

The conversation about balancing placed-based revitalization and expanding access to high-opportunity areas has been edging onto the national radar...

Obama’s Foreclosure Plan: Just the Facts

The Obama administration announced February 18 its Homeowner Affordability and Stability Plan that aims to offer assistance to as many as 9 million homeowners...

It’s Bankers Versus Realtors in Arizona: What About Communities?

In Arizona, the ever-shifting attempt to assign or avoid the pain of the foreclosure crisis has gone to court. Arizona’s laws had previously said that...
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Outside Investment or Self-Reliance for Rural Success?

Recently I came across a couple articles that questioned the economic viability of rural areas in large parts of...
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What to Do When ICE Comes to Your Buildings

If you own and/or manage affordable housing, do you know what to do if ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) shows up on your doorstep looking for someone? If you haven’t thought it through yet, now’s the time.

Rescue Communities Now!

In last week’s media blitz of trying to explain our financial crisis, the clearest description I saw was a Chattanooga Times Free Press cartoon,...

The Hidden Costs and Challenges for Manufactured Home Appraisals

Decrepit trailers in unkempt parks, located in neighborhoods in which few would care to live. Such is the image conjured...

If You Lived Here, You’d Be Home By Now: A Cautionary TOD Tale

Everywhere we go we hear about transit-oriented development: bringing the home closer to the transit hub. Not only does TOD offer an opportunity to...

ACORN and the Media

You might have seen Peter Dreier, NHI board member, and the director of the Urban & Environmental Policy Program at Occidental College on Rachel...

Reactions to the President’s Housing Address

Yesterday, President Barack Obama gave a housing policy speech in Phoenix, Ariz., and this afternoon he answered questions submitted...
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Learning from Vienna and Vienna’s Social Housing Model

Quite differently from the United States, social and civic infrastructure elements are integrated into the Vienna social housing development program.

10 Ways to Speak Truth to Powerful Lies

How to engage, inform, and fight back against falsehoods.     In an era of fake news, alternative facts, and downright lies, it’s a daily struggle to...

National Housing Conference: Housing Person of the Year Gala 2013

On Thursday, June 20, 2013, the National Housing Conference held its annual Housing Person of the Year Gala at...

Stop Talking About Displacement

A well informed community organizing effort with a targeted purpose should be the first line of defense in protecting opportunities for wealth building and access to opportunities for upward mobility in working class communities as they experience inevitable changes.

Community Stabilization: Are CDCs Up To The Task?

Imagine that it’s hurricane season, and 150 Katrinas are pounding poor neighborhoods — and the federal government response is totally inadequate. The community development...

Good News—New York State Style

New York state has been described as having the most dysfunctional legislature in the country. Gerrymandering that keeps the houses continually in the hands...