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Serving the Community, In Their Language
From hiring priorities to translation headsets to making special requests of the phone company—the exciting and important work of...
Serving the Community, In Their Language
From hiring priorities to translation headsets to special requests of the phone company—the exciting and important work of serving multicultural, multilingual populations.
Skipping “Placed-Based” Work Leaves Cities Vulnerable to Climate Change
I remember it clearly. “The Myth of Community Development,” Nicholas Lemann’s 1994 New York Times Magazine article, cracked the...
Jersey City: Lessons from Unequal Development
Across the water from Manhattan, this once working class city has experienced dramatic economic growth—but the rising tide did not lift all boats.
Picking Up The Pieces
Hurricane Katrina forced organizing groups to stretch to their limits, but it also showcased their strengths as never before
Build Modular Housing Factories Near Areas with High Housing Costs
To improve housing costs and economic conditions at once, look to the locations of modular housing factories.
Family Self-Sufficiency Program
Like many others in the community development field, Marianne Garvin recognizes that moving up and out of poverty requires not just a stream of...
An Organizer’s Work Is Never Done
An unprecedented local hiring win is a stepping stone in a trajectory to turn workforce development on its head.
Can We Ditch Tax Incentives and Support True Economic Development?
Because recent advocacy has succeeded in achieving a change in government accounting standards that led many cities and states to disclose the total costs of the tax abatements they provided last year for the very first time, we now are gaining a better sense of just how much these abatements take away from education and other public services.
Reconnecting Jobs and Housing
National community development leaders discuss making the case for housing in a "jobs above all else" political environment.
Parks, People, and Inclusive Collaborative Planning
A Philadelphia park conservancy develops arts-based partnerships within the Strawberry Mansion neighborhood to strengthen the community's cultural identity.
Which Community Benefits Agreements Really Delivered?
Are the neighborhoods impacted by large development getting the jobs and affordable housing they were promised? Shelterforce looks back at several cities where community benefits agreements were won to find out where those agreements now stand.
Connecting Companies to Business
A Chicago organization is bringing together local businesses and large institutions to promote economic growth.
A Transformative Experiment in Alaska
What do mimes, micro-units, and honoring Alaskan Natives have in common? Artists. The Cook Inlet Housing Authority's work with artists helped the organization realize new markers of success and furthered its housing goals.
Tenant Organizing When Rising Rent Isn’t the (Main) Issue
Tenant organizing has been re-energized in coastal cities where housing costs are soaring. But tenants need a voice in the rest of the country too—and they are organizing to get one.
Health Care Institutions Invest in Tenant Protections for Community Health
Health care institutions are expanding from funding development to supporting housing justice and tenant rights policy.
Planning Beyond the Project
Neighborhood planning allows CDCs to move beyond housing development and become community catalysts.
Will Amazon’s HQ2 Threaten Fair Housing?
If Amazon is going to be a good neighbor, it must do the following, at the very least, to mitigate against impediments to fair housing.
Community Based Arson Prevention
FEMA's program of funding Community Based Organizations has helped reduce arson and provided a focus for communities seeking to organize.
How LISC, Enterprise Hope to Bring More Capital to Developers of...
Two large community development intermediaries have announced major racial equity initiatives that emphasize how affordable housing gets built—and who builds it.