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From the Social Welfare State to the Social Investment State

The welfare state at the start of the 21st century appears to be in the midst of a transformation. The original consensus was that,...

Saying No to “Ney”

Representative Bob Ney (R-OH) has introduced HR 833, “The Responsible Lending Act,” under the guise of protecting consumers from predatory lending. But the bill...

Enraging the Right

It’s not everyday that a powerful right-wing think tank takes aim at a grassroots organization – after all, there are many groups working in...

Zoning for Housing Justice

Alvivon Hurd remembers when no one with means lived in downtown Los Angeles. Especially not white people. “For 30 years you only saw ...

Building a Home and a Future

Elsie Robinson once worked as a cashier at a Salvation Army store during the day and as a stocker at the local Wal-Mart in...

Making Progress in the Preservation of Affordable Housing

During the last six months of 2003, one could easily make the case that the nation’s entire domestic priorities were summed up in five...

Real Solutions in Real Time

When a national or regional foundation initiative comes to a close, its grantees usually disperse and continue related work independently. Some may call on...

Predatory Bender

Predatory Bender: A Story of Subprime Finance, by Matthew Lee. Inner City Press. 2004. 360 pp. $19.95 (paperback).www.atlasbooks.com or www.innercitypress.org/books.html. I have to...

More Than a Roof

It’s common for most people to make a distinction between “house” and “home.” One word defines a roof over one’s head, nothing more, nothing...

Dominic Moulden

When I first became involved in the community development world, I immersed myself in the literature to learn as much as I could about...

Second Chances

Workforce Intermediaries for the Twenty-first Century, edited by Robert P. Giloth. Temple University Press in association with The American Assembly, Columbia University, Philadelphia, PA,...

Common Sense Is Community Development’s Most Powerful Ally

The title of this post proved itself to be true for us in Duluth, when local organizations got together to address the growing need...

Leveling the Information Playing Field Between Advocates and Developers

Inclusionary housing has been around for decades. It encompasses a range of policies that call on developers to contribute...

Housing the Political Agenda

It's official, at least it is to you. In order to get housing on the agenda this election cycle,...

3 Reasons We’re Not Reaching Rural Communities

Rural communities are being ignored. Again. As discussion of the federal sequester and fights over funding dominate the news channels as well as policy discussions,...

Can Better Messaging Overcome NIMBY?

The affordable housing industry is increasingly focused on clear and effective messaging as the means of convincing skeptical bystanders to...

Report: The LIHTC Program Kept Neighborhoods Segregated

A report recently released by the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC), a New York-based civil rights organization, suggests that...

Don’t Evaluate Community Development on Poverty Rates

Right now, in community development and in the nonprofit/charitable/public service sector more broadly, there is a push to incorporate...

Early Funding is Worth its Weight in Gold

Developing affordable rental housing these days is a lot like putting together a puzzle – when the financing pieces...

What Determines Opportunity? (Hint: It’s Not One’s Bootstraps)

It’s the rare occasion when a significant social challenge is raised up in rigorous economic research and almost instantly answered...