Organizing, Power, & Public Policy

Community organizing teaches the poor to organize themselves for power and politics...to restore dignity and integrity, and rebuild community, as well as the civic...

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...

Foundation Fury

Private foundations are roiled, agitated and mobilized about a tiny provision of the Charitable Giving Act of 2003. Section 105 of HR 7 would...

The Three Types of Donations, and How to Use Them

Many grassroots organizations want to buy their own building, open an endowment or raise more program money from major donors. Projects like these represent...

Shel Trapp, Organizer, NPA Founder, Dies at 75

Shel Trapp, along with NPA co-founder Gale Cincotta, was central to the passage of HMDA in 1975, as well as to the passage of...

Rescue 311

People in Baltimore worried about losing their homes to foreclosure can now call a city hotline to get help. When they dial 311, the...

Dealing With Anxiety

During the 24 years I have been in fundraising, I have observed that the greatest factor causing people to leave fundraising, or to “burn...

Enraging the Right

It’s not everyday that a powerful right-wing think tank takes aim at a grassroots organization – after all, there are many groups working in...

SHELTER SHORTS

MAYORS, ADVOCATES FEAR CUTS Mayor Edward G. Rendell of Philadelphia is one of the first big-city mayors to cite new state welfare regulations as a...

Adolfo Carrion: A Brief History

First it was the Office of Urban Policy. Then, at the time of its launch in 2009, it quietly turned into the Office of...

Has Homeownership Been Oversold?

Discussion about homeownership almost always seems to begin with some reference to owning one’s own home being a part of “The American Dream.” Homeownership...

Praise for the Peacock

Shelterforce never shies away from chiding mainstream media for ignoring America’s affordable-housing crisis, so we shouldn’t hesitate to give praise where it’s due. Kudos...

Educating Consumers Against Predatory Lending

In October 2001, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition established the National Anti-Predatory Lending Consumer Rescue Fund (CRF) to help victims of predatory lenders. CRF...

Ohio Fights Predatory Lenders

Politicians from both parties teamed up in Ohio in May to enact a predatory lending law that is arguably tougher than North Carolina’s, which...

St. Louis Congregations Challenge Urban Sprawl

This is God's world. We are God's people. The voices of several hundred church members – black and white, Protestant and Catholic – somewhat tentatively followed...

Foreword

  Saving Affordable Housing Foreword The National Housing Institute, with funding from the Ford Foundation, has made available Saving Affordable Housing, a practical review of selected examples...

Washington News and Views

Community Reinvestment Act Reform Update In July, 1993, President Clinton requested that the four banking agencies begin a comprehensive review and overhaul of the regulation...

Geographic Information Systems

For a long time, questions like "Who lives near this housing development?" were notoriously difficult to answer. The level of data analysis that went...

Shelter Shorts

Rent Control Advocates Lose Again in Boston The long fight to bring some form of rent control back to Boston continued this winter, as...

Running on Faith (Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives)

In the latter part of January 2001 the phrase “faith-based” seemed to be on everyone’s lips. The White House Office of Faith-Based and Community...