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Making Community Benefits Agreements Count

CBAs can be extremely difficult to implement and enforce, which is why a detailed agreement in the early stages of the community-developer relationship is so important.

Reagan’s Legacy: Homelessness in America

While the media looks fondly at President Reagan's accomplishments two decades ago, they all but ignore the devastating affects his policies left on the poor.

How the Bay Area Got $2 Billion for Affordable Homes

San Francisco Bay Area voters approved bold new investments in 2016 after housing advocates--part of the Non-Profit Housing Association of Northern California--ignited a successful electoral strategy for the general election. Here's how it worked.

“Inclusive Communities” Are Inadequate for the World’s Housing Crises

Housing problems are growing and are likely to worsen with pervasive income inequality and a U.S. population projected to grow by 80 million people by 2050. Yet, the solutions do not match the demand.

Cooper Village & Stuyvesant Town: Can’t Quite Walk Away

When Tishman Speyer Properities and Blackrock announced a few weeks back that they would default on their $3 billion mortgage loan, it looked as...

Unpopular Budget Cuts Could Create an Opening for Advocates

As the recession continues and new members of Congress take their seats following the midterm election, it is clear our new lawmakers are taking...

The Future of Public Housing, Lessons from England

Managing the Money Side: Financial Management for Community-Based Housing Organizations The Institute for Community Economics' newest book on financial management for community-based housing development organizations...

The Evolution of Supportive Housing

The integration of social services and housing is not a new concept. The services available near our housing have defined our sense of community....

How Cambridge Lost Rent Control

25 years ago tenants organized, formed coalitions, took to the streets, and won rent control in Massachusetts. But, after two and half decades of...

The New HUD Secretary

On January 24, Melquiades (Mel) Martinez was sworn in as the new HUD secretary. After his induction, Secretary Martinez vowed to address the needs...

From the Puritans to the Projects

From the Puritans to the Projects: Public Housing and Publlic Neighbors, by Lawrence J. Vale. Howard University Press , 2000 392 pp. Exclusionary zoning, middle...

House Of Cards

When Mel Martinez announced his candidacy for the Senate from his home state of Florida, it was inevitable that he would give a positive...

Conservative Defeat Exposed in 10 “Shutdown” Headlines

Conservative icon Grover Norquist famously voiced the right wing’s hopes and dreams for our federal government: “I’m not in...

The Fight for Equality in Mississippi’s Delta Schools Continues

For many of today’s young people, the civil rights movement has been relegated to America’s mythic past. Though they celebrate the toppling of segregation’s...

Tearing Down the Community

A year after she left Chicago’s notorious Robert Taylor Homes public housing development, 30-year-old Lee-Lee Henderson said she was ready to return. “I’d rather...

Shelter Shorts

A Different Twist on Equal Opportunity Housing officials in Berkeley, California, were surprised recently to be told they might be favoring African-Americans over people...

The Perfect Solution to Homelessness

The past month has seen national media stories on rising homelessness in New York City, San Francisco, Madison, Los...

Local Hire: Popular and Controversial

In March, USDOT Secretary Anthony Foxx began moving toward fully implementing “Local Hire,” a new, year long model program...

Frank Wilkinson’s Legacy

His was a life devoted to the preservation of our civil liberties. But it all began with a belief in decent, affordable housing.

Local Leaders Just Gained a New Tool to Address Inequality

A new Brookings Institution analysis confirms what we are feeling: inequality continues to climb in cities, and large income...