Community Development Investigative Reporter

    January 8, 2021


    Shelterforce, the only national publication devoted to affordable housing and community development news, is seeking an investigative reporter.

    About Us

    Shelterforce is 46-year-old nonprofit publication centered around the fight for healthy communities. We serve the community development and housing justice worlds with in-depth stories on how housing organizing, community planning, and affordable housing development happen and could happen better. And we serve the wider public with stories that explore housing justice and community development issues and let them know what organizers and community developers are doing about it. We have a particular interest in the roles and perspectives of organizers, community-based organizations, and nonprofits working on these topics.

    We publish a combination of practitioner voices (opinion and how-to) and reported stories. With this position we’re looking to expand the depth of reported stories we’re able to take on to include investigative and multi-part reporting, in collaboration with local newsrooms where relevant. We want to ask the hard questions about what is working and isn’t working and why in the realm of affordable housing and community development.

    As part of the team the Community Development Investigative Reporter will:

    • Stay up-to-date on major changes in affordable housing and community development policy and practice throughout the country, and develop source relationships in all regions of the country, and all facets of the housing and community development world to generate stories.
    • Work with the editorial team to develop and plan reporting projects, and then execute them, including interviewing, data reporting, travel (when safe), photography, factchecking, and working with local news partners as relevant.
    • Write shorter straight news items on quick turnaround as necessary.
    • Participate in public forums, webinars, etc., to discuss topics they have been covering.


    • Reporting experience, ideally investigative
    • Strong, quick writing ability. Ability to communicate complex and controversial topics in long-form with clarity.
    • Devotion to accuracy
    • Devotion to advancing the goals of healthy communities and housing justice and being useful to those doing that work. We do not pretend to be neutral when it comes to issues of justice. However, we also believe that no one has all the answers, and generating the best results includes holding everyone accountable and being honest about what isn’t working.
    • Willingness and interest to explore a variety of formats for best sharing the results of your investigations.
    • Comfortable and culturally competent in a diverse workplace and diverse field. Committed to active anti-racism.
    • Once travel is safe (no time soon), willingness and ability to travel to New Jersey (or other Northeast coast location) several times/year for several days to gather with the team in person.

    Also a Plus

    • Prior experience with affordable housing and community development topics—either as a reporter or as lived experience, or both.
    • Graphic design and/or video and audio editing experience.


    • Remote
    • Salary range $50,000-$60,000 DOE
    • Benefits: health insurance, holidays, paid vacation
    • Family friendly workplace

    To Apply

    • Send a cover letter explaining your interest, experience, how you would approach the position, and a topic you’d like to investigate, along with at least three clips and a resume to with “investigative journalist” in the subject line. If we haven’t worked with you as a freelancer previously, we will assign a single (paid!) freelance article before making a final hiring decision. Deadline for application Feb. 19. We will reach out to applicants whose applications we wish to pursue.


    Shelterforce is an equal opportunity employer with a commitment to engaging the skills and leadership of people of color, LGBTQ persons, and other individuals from diverse backgrounds. People from historically marginalized backgrounds are encouraged to apply.