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.

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...

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...
Three tiny homes.

Shelter Shorts: The Week in Community Development-Dec. 8

“Attainable” housing | Defeating land contracts | Harassed tenants get legal win | Preaching against gentrification | Housing on Bill Gates’ mind
mobile home park

Shelter Shorts, The Week in Community Development—July 27

Facebook Takes Our Advice | Work Requirements for Foster Youth? | Public Housing Smoking Ban Takes Effect | Amazon, Still a Bully? |
skaters at skate park

The Week in Community Development—March 22

News from—and affecting—the community development world. This week: An aging homeless population, SB50 protections, Livable city ranking ranks affordability (!), Chronic homelessness, Holding two truths, more.
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Shelter Shorts—The Week in Community Development, March 2

Are Black Incarceration Rates Really Falling? | Clinics in Schools Remedy Absenteeism | Hispanic Homeownership Rate Increases | Uber is Causing Traffic Jams | "Adjustable" Houses | More
fast food signs

Shelter Shorts, The Week in Community Development—Oct. 12

News from—and affecting—the community development world. This week: fast food swamps, Seattle has too many apartments, criminal justice, basic income pilot, more.
Aerial view of San Francisco

The Week in Community Development—June 7

News from—and affecting—the community development world. This week: Police Officers' Disturbing Facebook Posts | Bakery Becomes Affordable Houser | NJ Awards $13M Tax Credits to Predatory Lender | CLTs Build Equity, and more
mural art

Shelter Shorts, The Week in Community Development—May 18

Work Requirements | Source of Income As a Protected Class | Amazon's Bully Behavior | Chipping Away at CRA | The Arts and Displacement | More...
fitness center

Shelter Shorts, The Week in Community Development—Jan. 11

This week: shutdown emergency, Paradise's poor planning, gentrification is dangerous, when bad judgement leads to a promotion, "gym deserts", more . . .
"For Rent" sign

Shelter Shorts: The Week in Community Development-Dec. 15

Walmart and Ben Carson looking out for your financial health?! | Homelessness numbers up, but lowering them saves money | Rental market finally slowing down.
uber and lyft

Shelter Shorts, The Week in Community Development—Aug. 3

Addressing Hunger on Campus | Redesigning the Homeless Shelter | Holding Landlords Accountable | NYC Says No To Uber & Lyft | Protecting Voucher Holders | More...
duplex apt for rent sign

The Week in Community Development—March 29

Oregon to do away with single-family zoning, NY pushes source of income protection, mixed-income development in London segregates play, housing is on candidates minds, too, and more.
car with private property sign

Shelter Shorts—The Week in Community Development, March 9

LGBT Lawsuit Against HUD | Saving the Bees, and Detroit | Affordable Housing, Trade War Victim | Thinking About What's Possible in Housing for All | A Dual Housing Crisis for Native People