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...

Raising the LIHTC Cap

Since the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) became effective in 1987, the credit allocation to states has remained fixed at $1.25 per capita....

How Will We Leverage Stimulus Dollars?

While it’s probably too early to accurately measure the impact or effectiveness of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly known as “the stimulus,”...

Doing Well by Doing Good

With a little knowledge and effort, investors of many kinds can work with financial advisors to learn how to match their investments with their values and build a meaningful portfolio with solid returns.

Banks Spend Millions To Line Their Pockets With Your Money

In 1997 and 1998, banks, insurance companies, and brokerage firms spent over $300 million on lobbying and political contributions. While their "investment" in pushing...

Not That Happy Anymore

Things are heating up in Anaheim, Calif., where a dispute between the city council, a housing developer, and the Walt Disney Company has turned...

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...

Home Alone, Chinese-Style

Chinese bloggers called it a “nail house”-a private home in the Chinese city of Chongqing that became a thorn in the side of local...

Challenging Failing Schools

In the 1970s, the effective schools research movement demonstrated that urban schools are not automatically doomed to fail. Researchers identified schools serving disadvantaged students...

Dennis West on ECI’s Rise and Fall

Did ECI push the envelope too far? We did a whole lot of things right for a long time. In spite of what happened, there's...

HUD Sec’y Resigns, Questions Linger

Although Housing and Urban Development Secretary Alphonso Jackson cited personal reasons for resigning in April, his departure failed to dispel concerns about his conduct...

Identity Crisis

Shelters and food pantries are lifelines for homeless people. But soon they may be out of reach. When in May the House passed the...

The Mistakes Project

This article is one of a series of papers written as part of the “Mistakes, Learning, and Adaptation” Project. In November of 2007, a...

Reckless Budget Targets Our Most Vulnerable Neighbors

There are few greater obligations that we share as a nation than to support our servicemen and women when they come home “to care...

The Housing Bubble

It is widely believed that homeownership is the best way for low-income families to accumulate wealth and enter the middle class. There are reasons...

CDCs Access New Economic Development Resources

Historically, community development organizations have pursued traditional federal funding for their economic development projects. Grants and loans are annually requested from: HUD's Community Development Block...

What if Everyone Had A Job?

When I read about efforts to build community, I continue to be struck by the fact that those who operate at the neighborhood level...

Shelter Shorts

Nothing We Can Do The reach of Georgia’s Fair Lending Act was shortened considerably when the U.S. Office of the Comptroller...

Consensus Organizing—Organizing’s Past, Present, and Future, Part 3

Organizing has long played an important role as a catalyst in bringing together disenfranchised communities. The following is one of three essays representing different...

Operation Neighborhood Recovery

Urban Essex County, New Jersey, one of the hardest hit areas in the state by the ongoing foreclosure crisis, could be the laboratory for a reinvention of community development. A local CDC there has completed the successful acquisition, by way of an alliance of nonprofits, of 47 mortgages expected to foreclose with an eye toward stabilizing neighborhoods in some of the oldest suburban communities in New Jersey.