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Community Building Despite Trauma

The trauma caused by poverty and the systems that reinforce it can short-circuit standard efforts to build community. A new method called “trauma-informed community building” aims to change that.

Integrating Whitman

A long-forgotten battle over a set of row houses in South Philadelphia makes current day NIMBYism look tame. What can housing advocates learn from how they finally got built anyway?

Making Mixed-Income Developments Work

A single development with an intentional income mix involves very specific challenges—both in its design and its management.

About Us

Shelterforce is the only independent, non-academic publication covering the worlds of community development, affordable housing, and neighborhood stabilization. You guys are just incredible. The information that...

How *Not* to Connect Health and Community Development

A few months ago as I walked to a board meeting of my local CDFI, I passed a memorial to a young man who...

California: Fear & Loathing at the Ballot Box

Everybody likes to go all schadenfreude on California, jealous of the wonderful weather, fabled coastline, and our claim to Yorba Linda, birthplace of Richard...

Continuing Lack of Resolution in Washington

We are now firmly into that peculiar form of government known as a Continuing Resolution (CR). To call it a form of government may...

Section 8 Is Only One Part of Addressing the Housing Crisis

Editor’s Note: The following is a response to a comment posted by Rooflines blogger Nandinee Kutty that points to “serious weaknesses” in Section 8...

It’s Time for a “Justice” Movement for Affordable Housing, Led by...

Neoliberalism is not the answer to our problems; but neither is a poorly thought out populism.

One Million Families At Risk

The dangers of Mark to Market and the needs for preserving expiring subsidized housing.

Pro-Integrative Housing

The Suburban Racial Dilemma: Housing and Neighborhoods, by W. Dennis Keating, 1994 Philadelphia: Temple University Press.  288 pp $49.95 cloth, $22.95 paper Reviewed by Donald...

Start Your Engines: The Housing Movement and the Motor Voter Law

The Motor Voter law, which associates voter registration with drivers licenses, can improve voter turnout and could have important ramifications for the housing movement.

Energy and Low-Income Housing: Part II

In the past, members of the community development movement have had little to do with anything that smacks of environmentalism. Conversely, members of the...

Washington News and Views

From the National Alliance to End Homelessness Clinton Administration to Propose HUD Reinvention The Clinton Administration has thought better of a plan it had formulated to...

A Nation in Trouble

Most of us feel today that this country and its communities are in serious trouble. We don't, however, see anyone doing anything ambitious enough...

Reconnecting with America

EYES RIGHT!: Reflections on the November 8th Elections In the 1992 campaign, Bill Clinton preached: "The rich get the gold mine and middle-class gets the...

“No Pain,” But Lots of Spin

Columbia Deal Avoids Eminent Domain Pain trumpeted yesterday’s New York Post headline. After all the struggle over Columbia University’s plan for a new campus...

Battle Over 13th Street: Squatter Evictions on the Lower East Side

Many of the 13th Street residents have been there for over 10 years, putting in long hours and hard work to make the buildings habitable.

Fighting the End of the Year Budget Blues

Thankfully, the legislative year is finally winding down, although much business remains. As of this writing, we still do not have a budget bill,...

The Painful Impact of the Housing Downturn on Low Income and...

The current downturn in housing has seized the markets, pushed home prices down further than any time in generations and has sparked the worst recession since the Great Depression. At the same time, nearly 18 million households are severely burdened with housing costs that consume over half their household incomes. While few have escaped the fury of the recent downturn in housing, tenant, low-income, and particularly minority, households have fared the worst.

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