Community Development Field

Shelterforce considers “community development” to be an extremely broad term. But there are still many conversations about the ways in which that broad work happens. Comprehensively or in coalitions of specialized organizations? Locally or regionally? Place or people? While the answers to all of these are usually “both,” there are many conversations to be had about “how.”

Don’t Be Quick to Blame the Borrower

“The borrowers weren’t risky so much as the loans were risky,” said Michael Calhoun, the president of the Center for Responsible Lending in offering...

Be Counted: Fill Out the Census

You probably received your census forms in the mail last week, and it’s not going to come as any surprise to Shelterforce readers that...

Taylor: Establish Meaningful Consumer Protections

When Sen. Christopher Dodd (D-Conn.) last week announced that he would move forward with a consumer protection bill without seeking Republican support on the...

Invest In Your Values

In a panel discussion at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition’s 2010 National Convention assessing the administration’s mortgage modification initiatives, Gordon Whitman, director of public...

A New Turn for the Consumer Financial Protection Bill

At about noon today, NCRC President and CEO John Taylor announced to attendees of his organization’s annual conference that the bipartisan attempt at crafting...

CRA Bill Getting a Hearing

Dion Spencer, NCRC’s director of legislation and regulatory policy just announced that a new Consumer Reinvestment Act bill will be heard by the House...

Trasviña Hints at a Fairer Housing Act; Principal Reduction in Store?

John Trasvina, HUD Assistant Secretary for Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity, emphasized HUD and Treasury’s central role the federal response to the housing crisis,...

NCRC’s Keys From the Crisis Initiative

Stories and pictures of the Great Depression were what finally got people to mobilize into action in the 30s, and NCRC is taking a...

Day 2 at NCRC’s 2010 National Convention

It’s the second full day of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition’s 2010 National Conference and people are already assembling to hear morning remarks offered...

Going Where the Big Boats Are

U.S. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-Md.) went a bit off script today at that NCRC 2010 National Conference when, after a emphasizing responsive, empathetic government...

Getting Through the Storm

U.S. Rep. Elijah E. Cummings, (D-Md.) offered a sobering, but empowering assessment of the state of the U.S. economy and the impact on families...

Live Blogging From NCRC 2010 Conference

Rooflines will be live blogging from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition’s 2010 National Conference beginning Wednesday, March 10. Join us here at Rooflines as...

A Cure for the Memphis Blues

As the Bluff City picks itself up, its CDC community faces a host of challenges that are increasingly common across the field.
Community development in the Bronx

A Sense of Place: Mind + Body in Community Development

How can we practice effective community development and engage a community that suffers from a dwindling stock of physical historical references and is in the process of healing from the wounds of decades of urban decay? In the Bronx, community members are coming together, taking pieces of the past and making history.

Ten Ways that CDCs Must Innovate

CDCs need to more effectively balance money and mission to ensure long-term financial viability. CDCs need to develop and implement strategies that respond strategically to...

A Tale of Conflicting Circumstance

The next few years promise to feature both the best of times and worst of times for affordable housing finance and those who practice or are somehow affected by affordable housing and community development.

A Foundation for Progress

A question I often hear is “How does the stimulus affect your work?” And while I can provide varying answers depending on the state...

What Makes People Love a City?

The Knight Foundation, sponsor of Soul of the Community, a three-year study that asks people in 26 communities about their perceptions of their city...

Inspiring Revitalization in the Third World: Jamaica’s Rose Town

A great story is emerging in Rose Town, Jamaica, a community in the process of being reborn with the help of HRH the Prince...

Awesome Choice: Shelley Poticha to Take Sustainability Post at HUD

Wow. Only a week after I wrote a post celebrating how well the Obama administration seems to be getting its...