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Involving union welfare office workers in welfare organizing

The Organization of the NorthEast (ONE) has over 70 members: religious congregations, social service agencies, ethnic associations and businesses from three diverse lakefront Chicago...

The Importance of Design (Community Development and New Urbanism)

We need a marriage of CDC work and urban design,” says Sandy Phillips of the Manchester-Bidwell Development Corporation and former director of the Pittsburgh...

Expand Upon Successes and Seize New Opportunities

George W. Bush is often described as a man who believes in limited government, personal responsibility, strong families and local initiative. It’s too early...

Timeline: A History of Community Development Policy in America

Timeline: A History of Community Development Policy in America, from Development Training Institute. 2001. 90 minutes. $39.95 410-338-2512; info@dtinational.org. Capturing the dynamism and influence of...

Politics and Markets

On May 29, The Washington Post reported that in England, even the most conservative major party supports national healthcare, subsidized higher education and income...

Patience and Politics

State education departments are always looking for ways to improve low-performing schools, and not always finding them. In 1992, the Texas Education Agency agreed...

Parent Power!

Sacramento Area Congregations Together In the early 1990s, only one in 10 students in Sacramento, CA’s worst-performing elementary schools were reading at grade level. Parents...

Lessons in Collaboration

Education has always been important to Americans. In every community, teachers, principals, superintendents, and school board members work to give students the knowledge and...

Vertical Integration

When Vickie Stapleton’s landlord announced his intention to terminate his project-based Section 8 contract with HUD last year, she got nervous. “A lot of...

Connecting Schools and Housing

For several decades community development corporations (CDCs) around the United States have been giving new life to urban neighborhoods by developing housing and other...

More Bang for the Buck?

Austin, with prodding from advocates, pushes its economic development policy to go beyond big deal chasing.

Building Hope and Homes

Taller San Jose, a Santa Ana, Calif.-based job-training program, broke ground in September on an affordable-housing project for first-time homebuyers. The planned development —...

Shelter Shorts

The Welfare ShuffleAs President Clinton and other politicians hail the news of the drop in welfare rolls across the country, a less rosy scenario...

Growing Together:

After civil unrest shook the streets of Los Angeles in 1992, local low-income communities of color enjoyed what Andy Warhol once described as fifteen...

Leaving Grandma Out in the Cold

The demise of the federal program that funded senior housing construction bodes ill for the increasing numbers of low-income seniors who struggle to afford a decent place to live.

Using Letters Effectively

Like most Americans, you probably buy or give by mail occasionally. You order from catalogues, you respond to credit card promotions, and once in...

Where We Live Affects How Much We Drive and What We...

The Urban Land Institute has produced a remarkable report that examines in depth how where we live affects how much we drive, and consequently...

Transforming Public Schools

Parent and community groups push for meaningful school reform in low-income neighborhoods On June 11, 1997, the New York Times heralded the news that the...

Gentrification and Public Schools: It’s Complicated

An influx of more affluent families and their resources and advocacy is just what every struggling school needs, right? Well . . .

Activists in Action

Justice in the Workplace Although there has always been a core of religious allies focused on labor issues, during the '70s and '80s they...