Research

Shelterforce is primarily a media organization, but over the years we have, in collaboration with researchers and other organizations, also produced some original research or accessible versions of others’ research.

Homeownership Today and Tomorrow: Building assets while preserving affordability

Can low-income families build enough equity in them to transform their circumstances? New research says yes.
The cover of The Long Road from C.J. Peete to Harmony Oaks

The Long Road from C.J. Peete to Harmony Oaks

Those charged with redeveloping one of New Orleans’s Big Four public housing developments faced an extreme version of nearly every challenge that public housing redevelopment struggles with.

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.

Valuation and Taxation of Resale-Restricted, Owner-Occupied Housing

Shared-equity homeownership offers an option for bringing homeownership within reach for lower-income households.

Toes in the Water

NHI’s latest research report, Toes in the Water: Nonprofit Community Development Real-Estate and Mortgage Brokerage Programs, identifies state regulatory obstacles and assesses the future...
The cover of Investing in Community Land Trusts: A Conversation with Funders of CLTs

Investing In Community Land Trusts

Why have funders embraced CLTs? To answer that question, NHI interviewed 15 funders from 13 foundations whose scope ranges from local, to state, to regional and national.

Bringing Buildings Back (Expanded and Revised 2nd Edition)

Bringing Buildings Back addresses all sides of the abandoned and vacant property problem, from how abandonment can be prevented to how best to bring these properties back into productive reuse.

Excerpt: The Long Road from C.J. Peete to Harmony Oaks

Those charged with redeveloping one of New Orleans’s Big 4 public housing developments faced an extreme version of nearly every challenge that public housing redevelopment struggles with. and while it wasn’t perfect, they took their responsibilities to work with the residents seriously, and learned some lessons to share with others.
The cover of Managing Neighborhood Change by Alan Mallach.

Managing Neighborhood Change

This report presents a strategic framework that can help practitioners and policymakers foster sustainable and equitable neighborhood revitalization, building on solid market demand while ensuring that the neighborhood’s lower-income households will benefit from the changes that have taken place.

Why Don’t We Build It Ourselves?

Humboldt Construction Company, a wholly owned subsidiary of the Chicago CDC Bickerdike Redevelopment Corporation, has been providing local employment and high-quality work for over...

Shared Equity Homeownership

This breakthrough study on shared equity homeownership—limited equity co-ops, community land trusts, and inclusionary units—examines the benefits of these models within a sectoral framework to redefine the housing ladder.

Building A Better Urban Future

Building A Better Urban Future is a policy paper for practitioners and policymakers investing housing resources in weak market cities.