All Print Issues

Jul/Aug 1998

Issue #100

Our 100th issue looks at some of the successes of the preceding 23 years, and the challenges that remain. Today's battles include drugs, massive central city disinvestment, lousy schools, growing income inequity, and a weakening of the social bonds that hold us together, along with unlivable and unaffordable shelter. One hundred issues ago, the Shelterforce Collective had it right: the key to victory remains in the neighborhood – in the hands of organized residents, innovative leaders, vital community institutions and associations, and all those committed to justice.


Andrew Cuomo

Perhaps the most well-known secretary since HUD’s inception, Secretary Cuomo has made much of his efforts to rebuild HUD and restore Congressional and public faith in the department. A year into Cuomo’s term, Congress and the media are slowly beginning to show signs of acknowledging that housing and urban development issues are worth at least a small degree of attention.


National Congress for Commuity Economic Development (NCCED)

More than three decades after the community development field began to grow by leaps and bounds, community-based development organizations are still taking on the same challenges they did in the […]


CDC Networks and Intermediary Organizations

As the community development industry has grown, networks, associations, and intermediaries have developed to support CDCs and other community-based organizations. Some provide funding, some offer training, and others provide direct […]


Cities Back from the Edge: New Life for Downtown, by Roberta Brandes Gratz

In The Living City: Thinking Small in a Big Way (2nd edition, John Wiley & Sons, 1994), Roberta Brandes Gratz wrote about urban rebirth from the bottom up, with a […]

Editor’s Note

One Hundred Issues Later: Battles Won, War Goes On

One hundred issues and 23 years ago, a group of tenant activists, community organizers, and legal aid attorneys came together to begin a new publication – Shelterforce – to provide […]


Shelter Shorts

Self-Help CDFI Creates New Market for Low-Income Mortgages Fannie Mae, the largest banking organization in America, may soon be rewriting its lending criteria, bringing homeownership to hundreds of thousands of […]

Organizing Strategy

Alameda Corridor Jobs Coalition Wins Railroad Jobs

In 1997, residents of Los Angeles area neighborhoods in the path of what will be the largest public/private rail transportation project in the country learned of the impact the project […]


Raising Money on the World Wide Web

Anyone who knows me will probably laugh at the idea of me writing an article about using the “web” to raise money. I am one of the least technical people […]


Encouraging Middle-Class Homeownership in NYC: a review of New Life at Ground Zero

New Life at Ground Zero: New York, Homeownership, and the Future of American Cities. by Charles J. Orlebecke. Albany, NY: The Rockefeller Institute Press, 1997. 267 pages. $42.95 (hard cover) […]


Homes and Hands

How do community land trusts (CLTs) work? Can they be created in small as well as large communities? Do they require building or rehabbing on a single site or scattered […]


How to Make People Count

Guess how many beans are in the jar and win. How many times have you entered such a contest, even paid money to guess? Well, suppose that there are 435 […]


Housing and Community Development Legislative News

Housing Reform Bills After a year of trying to reach consensus on major public and assisted housing reform, House and Senate staff are hoping to complete this legislation by the […]