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Winter 2007-08

Issue #152

Community Development at 40

Forty years ago, Sen. Robert F. Kennedy spearheaded legislation to create the nation’s first community development corporation, Bedford-Stuyvesant Restoration in Brooklyn, N.Y. This issue of Shelterforce marks that milestone by examining the CDC movement at 40, exploring its changes, challenges, and innovations.

Shelter Shorts

Shelter Shorts

Not a Pretty Picture at HUD The Department of Housing and Urban Development recently contracted with Connecticut artist Daniel Mark Duffy to paint portraits of HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson, as […]


An Unfinished Agenda

Why it’s time for fair housing and community development to reunite to fight the vestiges of segregation.


Everyday Heroes

After the 2005 hurricanes, a wealth of new, independent, young leaders emerged from the ruins, with the potential to transform the Gulf Coast and the nation — if the systemic barriers of gender and race can be eradicated.


A Word of Caution: The Forgotten Photograph

The trouble with many of us, and with our culture as a whole, is that we don’t take time to “relate,” to connect formally but meaningfully with others … We […]


Have Community, Will Travel

Ethnic-based community development corporations reflect the changing face of contemporary America.


In It Together

The latest book by Bill McKibben, the well-known environmental journalist and activist, poses a provocative question for community economic developers: How do we improve the lives of the people in […]


When Supportive Housing Isn’t

The rationale behind supportive housing for people with mental disabilities is that pairing individualized services with permanent housing will help them live independently. But one San Francisco advocate sees more neglect than support.


Beyond the Farm

New trends in rural community development make the work of rural CDCs appear more in line with that of their big-city counterparts.

Blinded by the Light

These days, it seems like everybody’s talking about housing. That should be good news for advocates working to focus the federal government and the media on how to remake the […]


Out Front and In Sync

What kind of leadership does the community development field demand in the 21st century?