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Nonprofit Enterprise

For someone who’s spent 20 years trying to right the wrongs created by our economic system, I’ve come to a startling discovery: Commerce can...

Closing the Wage Gap

Minimum wage doesn't buy what it used to. Based upon the federal government's own poverty line, it's not even enough to survive. To close...

How to Cope with Funding Cutbacks

I’ve been in fundraising since 1976, and I remember the panicked calls I received after Ronald Reagan was elected in 1980: “We’re losing our...

Finding Ways to Cover Administrative Costs

This fall, at a philanthropy conference at the White House, First Lady Hillary Rodham Clinton said emphatically that if the philanthropic sector was serious...

Let’s Get Rid of the Words “Property” and “Manager”

One of my first jobs as a young housing professional in the 1980s at a local public housing authority...

In Red State Florida, Victory for Working People

While 52 percent of Floridians voted for George Bush in the November election, 72 percent backed a Bush-unfriendly ballot initiative: a constitutional amendment raising...

Losing Post Offices and Storefronts, and How We Respond

In the spring 2010 issue of Shelterforce, Miriam Axel-Lute wrote about the challenges local post offices face amid technological and budgetary challenges and the...

5 Tips for Increasing Contractor Diversity

RATE YOUR CONTRACTORS Consider creating “contractor report cards.” Chances are contractors bidding on a project have worked in your city before. Check to see how...

Government-Funded Organizing?

Public funding for community organizing would strengthen our democracy and re-legitimize a beleaguered public sector. It's time to stop writing off the idea.

Residents Need to Own Community Change

To get beyond superficial input, involve residents in a development from start to finish, from planning to implementation to ownership.

Healthy Yards with Youth in Charge

The Worcester, Mass., Toxic Soil Busters co-op shows improving a neighborhood’s health doesn’t have to be limited to experts and outsiders. 

Emerging from Chicago’s Shadow

Towns long in Chicago’s shadow have sought creative ways to collaborate for federal funding, while building off existing partnerships as part of a long-term approach to neighborhood, and regional, stabilization.

Getting from Here to There

Transit advocates and CDCs in two parts of the greater Boston region are building cross-movement coalitions that are making equitable transit-oriented development a part of the fight for better transit access.

Rx for Tenants

Doctors and lawyers team up to help tenants stuck in housing that's bad for their health

Community Power

Community Power has taken on a whole new meaning at the Pennsylvania Low Income Housing Coalition (PALIHC), the state's largest affordable housing advocacy organization....

When Work Creates Insecurity

Many of us think that any employment, even part time, provides a measure of security. This is not the case for the millions of...

Housing Field Reacts to Marcia Fudge HUD Nomination

Surprise, frustration, and optimism mingle in response to left-field choice.

Organizing

The articles in this issue show by example and opinion a range of work collectively known as organizing. While we by no means discuss...

Western Queens CLT: Looking to Start Big, and Not With Residential...

Western Queens Community Land Trust (WQCLT) was founded in 2019 as the result of a fight against Amazon, which had been eyeing Queens for...

Can You Have Revitalization Without Displacement?

Derek Avery is providing middle- and low-income housing in struggling neighborhoods. And his company doesn’t stop at housing. It's building education resources and investing in community.

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