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...
nighttime bike riding.

Shelter Shorts, The Week in Community Development—July 6

Carson’s HUD Is So Out of Touch | Seattle’s Luxury Housing Surplus | Expand Housing Subsidies, Reduce Childhood Poverty | Michigan Lets Its Students Down | More...
"green jobs" sign

The Week in Community Development—March 1

Green New Deal, Celebrities Build Affordable Homes-sometimes, Rent Control, School Funding and Race, Dollar Store Proliferation, more.
M-Pesa

Shelter Shorts—The Week in Community Development, Feb. 9

Carson's been warned | Chicago's Section 3 accomplishment | Airbnb's influence on rent prices | PayDay lenders are fans of Trump | A win for community benefits
physician takes blood pressure

Shelter Shorts, The Week in Community Development—Sept. 21

News from—and affecting—the community development world.
blue faces on screen

The Week in Community Development—May 17

Facial Recognition Tech and communities | The trauma effects of Hurricane Maria on children in Puerto Rico | Ithaca offers childcare at council meetings | A new healthcare partnership | Rural America | A blow to gig economy workers | More...
migrant farm workers

Shelter Shorts—The Week in Community Development, April 27

Climate Gentrification | A Marijuana Tax for Housing? | Homeownership Alone Can't Close the Wealth Gap | Illegal ICE Raids on Farms | Keeping An Eye on Opportunity Zones | More...

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

News from—and affecting—the community development world. This week: ride-hail drivers win living wage, NYT headline gaff, NJ police use of force exposé, Airbnb as developer, more.
protesters

The Week in Community Development—Aug. 9

Los Angeles Reaches Historic Settlement with HUD | Austin's Innovative Affordable Housing Strategy | Report Finds NYC Arts Orgs Need More Diversity | Another HUD Fight on the Horizon | What We're Reading | More...

Shelter Shorts

Section 8: More to Come Still Not Enough After a three-year drought, Congress has approved new Section 8 vouchers – 50,000 for FY '99. And...
fruits and vegetables

Shelter Shorts, The Week in Community Development—July 13

A "Good" Payday Lender | Urban Sprawl Is Bad for Your Health | More Nutritious Food for Low-Income Families | This Bank is *Opening* Branches
foreclosed home

The Week in Community Development—March 8

News from—and affecting—the community development world. This week: Criminalizing homelessness, Self-driving cars further inequality?, New ideas for public housing, Commercial CLTs, more.
Mission Street, San Francisco

Shelter Shorts—The Week in Community Development-Feb. 16

Gentrification's Off the Hook | Double Housing Discrimination | Medical Care for the Homeless | It's Still Expensive to be Poor | A Robust Economy Lifts "Some" Boats