Building a Home and a Future

Elsie Robinson once worked as a cashier at a Salvation Army store during the day and as a stocker at the local Wal-Mart in...

What Congress Left Behind

Legislators failed to complete a range of major initiatives during the 107th Congress, including the passage of affordable housing legislation and reauthorization of federal...

The Revolution Will Not Be Grant Funded

For 40 years community development corporations (CDCs) blossomed from the financial nutrients provided by myriad government programs and America’s wealthiest foundations. Now that this...

Shelter Shorts / Short Takes

Rent War Rages in New York City A pitched battle is underway in New York State, as landlord and tenant advocates square off over the...

The Seven Lessons of HMDA

$393 billion. That's the amount banks have committed to lend in low and moderate income communities nationwide since the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) went...

All the Issues in Workers’ Lives

Challenging the notion that unions should limit themselves to workplace concerns, breaking new ground on how to connect labor and community issues, exploring the relationship between the fight over economic issues and racial justice, and creating what some think actually has the look, feel, and smell of a social movement.

Program Related Investments (PRIs)

The term “program-related investment” (PRI) was first coined in the Tax Reform Act of 1969. As currently defined in the tax code, a PRI...

Learning from Adversity

When East Side Community Investments, Inc. experienced financial crisis and ultimately failed, it was a wake up call to all who care about community...

Why Merge?

Since its inception in the late 1960s, the community development corporation (CDC) industry has grown dramatically, totalling 4,600 CDCs in 2005, according to a...

The Executive Director and Development Director Relationship

This article is for development directors (DD) and the executive directors (ED) who supervise them. The executive director can be a development director's greatest...

Fundraising: Federal Funding for Community Economic Development

Seeking federal funds for community economic development involves dealing with constantly changing sources, new programs and the need to think creatively. Office of Community Services Some...

Neighborhood Assistance Programs

In the late 1960s, the management of Tasty Baking Company was concerned that if the North Philadelphia neighborhood surrounding its plant continued to deteriorate,...

Community Building: Hope and Caution

Moving beyond bricks and mortar, community development corporations are taking on more diverse and comprehensive roles in redeveloping their communities. Are CDCs up to the...

1998 Legislative Agenda

FY1999 HUD Budget "Cities have been at a competitive disadvantage with outlying counties," said HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo in a February 2 New York Times...

Places To Learn

A parent from Brooklyn, New York complains, “How can they expect my child to concentrate when two classes with separate teachers are happening at...

NYC Fights Poverty

A new effort by New York City to fight poverty couples local policy changes with a national legislative agenda. The city will offer cash...

Some Tips on Collecting Data

Once you have identified indicators, you need to collect data on them on a regular basis so you can see how they are changing....

City Hall Steps In

Local governments are embracing community land trusts to promote and preserve affordable housing.

Section 8 Homeownership Program

For more than a decade, all that Tanya Anderson could do to spiff up her eat-in kitchen was to plant two plastic yellow roses...

Stepping Up the Pressure on Payday Lenders

Payday loans – one- or two-week consumer loans with exorbitant interest rates – are the antithesis of sound community banking. But banks that should...

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