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Mar/Apr 1998

Issue #98

In this issue, we explore the challenges of welfare reform from the perspective of community organizers and housing activists.


Housing and Welfare Reform

Although welfare and housing assistance systems are designed and administered separately from each other, their beneficiaries overlap to a substantial degree. Especially in the wake of welfare reform, this intersection […]


Congressman Henry Gonzalez

One of Congress’s leading advocates for the poor and for an open government prepares to leave after 18 terms. It’s rare for U.S. Representative Henry Gonzalez to not follow through […]


Esperanza Community Housing Corporation:

Building Hope with the Community Growing from a neighborhood effort to keep six single-family homes from being demolished to make way for a garment factory, the Esperanza Community Housing Corporation […]

Learning from Victory

Learning from Victory In this issue, we offer two articles exploring the challenges of welfare reform from the perspective of community organizers and housing activists. We’ve all heard of the […]

Shelter Shorts

Shelter Shorts

From Welfare to Unemployment Challenging the theories that tougher welfare restrictions impel people to find jobs and that the recent decline in welfare rolls indicates just that, a survey of […]

Organizing Strategy

Leveling the Playing Field

In 1997, a coalition of churches, environmental groups, developers, and government officials organized a campaign to help clean up Minnesota’s 4,000 acres of brownfields, the abandoned and polluted industrial land […]


Using Letters Effectively

Like most Americans, you probably buy or give by mail occasionally. You order from catalogues, you respond to credit card promotions, and once in a while you open mail appeals […]

Finding a Comprehensive Vision for Neighborhoods and Families

Common Purpose: Strengthening Families and Neighborhoods to Rebuild America by Lisbeth B. Schorr. Doubleday: New York 1997. 482 pp. Since Ronald Reagan was elected President, the infuriating cliche? “We fought […]


The Seven Lessons of HMDA

$393 billion. That’s the amount banks have committed to lend in low and moderate income communities nationwide since the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) went into effect 20 years ago. By […]


Washington News and Views

Public Housing Talks Continue Behind Closed Doors As of early April, the principal sponsors of legislation to deregulate public housing and to merge the Section 8 voucher and certificate programs […]