Shelter Shorts

Shelter Shorts is a weekly roundup of articles our editors think you should pay attention to—news articles that focus on affordable housing, economic development, homelessness, equity, and lots more.

Are Planners Responsible for Public Health?

Could planners have an effect on waistlines around the Beltway? Maryland’s Prince George’s County and Virginia’s Fairfax County are examining how land use and...

Another Post-War, Middle-Class Enclave in Default

First it was New York City’s Cooper Village and Stuyvesant Town, and now, another enclave built by Metropolitan Life in the 1940s for veterans...

Little Living Goes a Long Way

As Seattle continues its efforts to expand its affordable housing stock (and housing options), tiny so-called cottages are popping up in its backyards. The...

CHA Back in Charge

After 23 years, the Chicago housing authority is no longer in receivership. The court-ordered receivership had placed administrative duties in the hands of a...

Countrywide Sued Again

Illinois attorney general Lisa Madigan has filed a lawsuit against Countrywide, alleging it steered African-American and Latino borrowers into subprime mortgages and charged them...

Attention Underwriters

According to Deutsche Bank, 20 million homeowners might be underwater by 2012. Turns out of those 20 million, those with the most expensive homes...

Massachusetts CDCs

Massachusetts CDCs generated over $1 billion in economic investment from 2007 to 2010 — Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations’ annual Growing Opportunities, Assets,...

What’s in Store for PETRA?

At the time it was unveiled last year, the Obama administration’s Preservation, Enhancement and Transformation of Rental Assistance Act, or PETRA (see SF, Summer...
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Shelter Shorts: The Week in Community Development, Jan. 19

A Health Care Conundrum | L.A. Takes Steps to House its Homeless | Post-Disaster Lessons for Nonprofits | An Eviction Crisis is Here | Discrimination in Auto Lending

Shelter Shorts, The Week in Community Development—Aug. 31

HUD hosts listening tour for landlords, inmates protest exploitation of labor with prison strike, a payday loan alternative, and more
'Look' mural

The Week in Community Development—April 26

Gentrification tales, Sexual health in rural places, Housing policy, Opportunity Zones update, Union strike, Hoarding resources, more.
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Shelter Shorts—The Week in Community Development, April 6

Gentrification Is Bad For One's Health | Housing Teachers-At School | Protecting Space for Local Business | TOD Doesn't Have to Displace | Community Artists Win in Court | More . . .
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Shelter Shorts, The Week in Community Development—Nov. 16

News from—and affecting—the community development world. This week: Louisiana votes for justice, California wildfires and housing, a *new* redlining map, HUD's grading system, aging households, more.
homeless people

The Week in Community Development—July 12

San Francisco's Next-Level Homelessness Crisis | Florida's Poll Tax | More...

Uncle Sam Outdone by Ocwen’s SAM

This summer, mortgage servicer Ocwen Financial Corp. officially launched a mortgage principal reduction program for homeowners with negative equity.
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Shelter Shorts, The Week in Community Development—June 22

U.S. Increases Numbers of Families in Crisis | Hooray-Lots of People Have (Low Wage) Jobs! | Arts + Public Health | Seattle Caves to Corporate Interests | Converting Motels Into Supportive Housing
broken window

Shelter Shorts, The Week in Community Development—Feb. 15

Did Amazon meet its match?, Latinx homelessness, Broken Windows-clarified, Supporting victims of wage theft, One more big bank, more.
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Shelter Shorts—The Week in Community Development, Jan. 26

Bus Routes Out of Poverty | Amazon—Earn Your Subsidy | The Numbers Behind 'Urban Renewal' | Overdue Rent is Sickening | Med. Students As City Planners? | Trump's Medicaid Work Requirement
public toilet

Shelter Shorts, The Week in Community Development—Sept. 7

What driverless trucks will mean for drivers, public toilets as a human right, disappointing Democratic leadership, and more.
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The Week in Community Development—May 3

Boulder expands equity and its hiring pool, Is help for "three-quarter" housing a problem?, Public housing's impact on diversity, Where the rural populations are growing, Poverty's effect on mental well-being, more...