How to Advertise

Since 1975, Shelterforce has been the voice of community development.

Shelterforce documents the strategies that groups and individuals use to effect change. Through the national dissemination of this information, Shelterforce acts as a catalyst for other groups around the country who are attacking systemic problems of low- and moderate-income communities in urban and rural areas. Shelterforce articles provide how-to information as well as policy review, analysis and direction. Our readers include neighborhood developers, organizers, and advocates; policymakers and influencers; and urban planners and academics. Shelterforce is used in most of the U.S. graduate and undergraduate urban planning programs from coast to coast.

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Advertising in Shelterforce Magazine

Artwork: All ads must be submitted as electronic files, either in Adobe InDesign format or in a standard electronic format such as EPS or PDF. Please include all fonts and artwork used with InDesign files.

Artwork due: Insertions or artwork are due on or before materials closing date.

Acceptance of advertising: Ads are subject to the publisher’s approval. Responsibility for all claims and actions based on ad content lies with the advertiser or ad agency.

Terms: Ads are non-commissionable and non-discountable. Payment is due 10 days from date of invoice. A one percent monthly service change may be applied to all invoices past due for more than 30 days. The publisher reserves the right to hold the advertiser and/or its agency liable for money due to the publisher.

Positioning: Non-premium positioning of ads is at the publisher’s discretion.

Advertisement that simulates editorial content: The publisher reserves the right to place the word “advertisement” with ad copy that in the publisher’s opinion resembles editorial content.

Cancellation: Cancellations or changes in insertions cannot be accepted after the closing date. A previously run ad will be inserted for contract advertisers whose new ad materials are not received by closing date.

Publisher’s copy protective clause: Advertisers and advertising agencies assume all responsibility for content of advertisements placed and printed in Shelterforce. This includes text, illustrations and representations. They also assume liability for any and all claims arising therefrom against the publisher. The publisher reserves the right to reject advertising felt not to be in keeping with the standards of the magazine.

Shelterforce Magazine Advertising Rates:
(per insertion in print issues)

SizeOne TimeTwo TimesFour Times
Full page$975$875$790
2/3 page vertical$640$575$515
1/2 page horizontal$545$490$445
1/3 page vertical$440$400$360
1/4 page vertical$345$310$380
1/6 page vertical$245$215$200
Inside covers$1,465$1,320$1,190
Back cover$1,725$1,550$1,395

All ads are in color.
Please call for reservation dates and ad submission dates.

Mechanical Specifications:

Full page 8.375” x 11”
2/3 page vertical 5” x 8 5/6”
1/2 page horizontal 7.075” x 4.25”
1/3 page vertical 3” x 7.075”
1/4 page vertical 3” x 5”
1/6 page vertical 3” x 3.5”

Please include bleed or allow .25” on all sides.
Trim size: 8.375” x 11”
Live area: .25” margin on all sides –or– 7.875” x 10.5” (full page)
Bleeds: 8.375” x 11” + .125 (for bleed, all sides) –or– 8.625” x 11.25” (full page)

Advertising in Shelterforce Weekly

Banner ads:

Space for standard banner ads is available in our weekly e-newsletter. Click here to see examples. For information, please contact Samantha Fields at

Job ads:

“Your publication has been very helpful in bringing forth some great candidates.” –Sally Powell Schall, National Community Stabilization Trust

Job ads list on our website for 30 days and run for four consecutive weeks in our newsletter Shelterforce Weekly. In the Weekly, standard job ads are $100 and appear as a single-line link, and premium job ads are $150 and appear with six lines of copy and organization logo. Click here and scroll down to see examples.

Click here to post a job ad. If you’d like to take a look at our current job listings, click here.

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Shelterforce Weekly advertising rates are based on total circulation and positioning in the Weekly and not by click throughs. Since your ad links to your website, we are unable to gather click and outcome statistics. Advertisers wishing to gather analytics are urged to append a tracking code to your URL and use an analytic service such as Google Analytics, which offers significant information at no cost, or to code your ad in some other way.