New Jersey: Community Asset Preservation Corporation

“One of the main challenges in preserving neighborhoods everywhere is figuring out how to better establish a permanent, durable, capital pool that is more...

Lessons Learned from Harmony Oaks Redevelopment

You can do good work even in a devastated city, but you have to build an alternate set of systems until the regular systems...

Communities Investing in Their Values

In November, Illinois People’s Action, Iowa Citizens for Community Improvement, and 15 other community organizations from across the country filed an official protest against...

Property Owners as Stewards of a Community Vision

How can property owners become the stewards of a carefully crafted local vision?Milwaukee's “Queen Anne,” one of the few...

Breaking the Bank

On November 5, 2011, Bank of America had just withdrawn their threat to levy a monthly debit card fee, the major lenders were under...

Saving The Village Pub

When a small U.K. village’s pub closed, a group that had formed to create affordable housing found itself launching a campaign to form a community-owned business and save a community gathering space as well.

Money Doesn’t Always Win

"You know, LeRoy, money always wins." At those words, LeRoy Lemos sprang into action. Lemos, a community activist and director of the PODER Project in...

Where Community Is at Work Making Itself

Creating and proctecting third places in low-income communities. A conversation with May Louie, Neeraj Mehta, Ken Reardon, and Chuck Wolfe.

News From Shelterforce

Over the past 30 years, you’ve come to expect vital information and in-depth analysis of important issues affecting the affordable housing and community revitalization...

Where Are They Now?

Shelterforce was founded in 1975 in East Orange, N.J., by a collective of tenant advocates and organizers. Where are those collective members now? *John Atlas**,...

Coming Together

The nonprofit housing development field has myriad intermediaries and support organizations, but no one unified voice. Should it have one?

A Balance of Discipline and Flexibility Is Key To CDC Efficacy

What do CDCs need? And what do our communities need from community development corporations? How can we, as practitioners, help the community development field...

Outlawing Homelessness

In the past decade, cities have increasingly moved toward enacting and enforcing laws that specifically criminalize homelessness in response to their concern about the...

The Experience of Home

The voices and images in The Guided Tours at Urban Horizons vividly illustrate the importance of good, safe housing in supporting mental and physical...

Revitalization: Not Despite Us, But Because of Us

Low-income residents transform their complex into a community of choice through ownership—without importing higher-income neighbors

The Heart of the Story

CNBC’s “Mad Money” host Jim Cramer’s now-famous summertime tirade about the collapse of the subprime markets captivated media pundits and bloggers, as well as...

Breaking Asset Poverty: Better Homeownership—and More

In standard U.S. policy-speak, “poverty” is an income concept. The “poverty line” is an income measure, access to social programs is largely related to...

Zoning for Housing Justice

Alvivon Hurd remembers when no one with means lived in downtown Los Angeles. Especially not white people. “For 30 years you only saw ...

CLTs as an Economic Development Tool?

In the Japantown section of San Francisco, a task force is revisiting a 1999 neighborhood plan that once gave a perfunctory nod to how...

The Fight for Equality in Mississippi’s Delta Schools Continues

For many of today’s young people, the civil rights movement has been relegated to America’s mythic past. Though they celebrate the toppling of segregation’s...