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The Smarter Cities Project Wants Your Input on Sustainability Criteria

As some of you may know, Smarter Cities is an initiative that ranks US cities on a number of key sustainability criteria as well...

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 . . .

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...

Fair Housing and Community Developers Can Work Together

Two organizations in New Jersey show that with a good working relationship, a balanced approach to healthy communities and housing choice for all can be more than pretty words.

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...

Charter Schools, Gentrification, and Weighted Lotteries

Charter schools in gentrifying neighborhoods have the power to exacerbate the inequity that exists between low-income residents and wealtheir newcomers. How can they use their power to instead ensure their student populations are as diverse as the neighborhoods they operate in?

Have We Been Wasting Affordable Housing Money?

It might seem like 10, or even 30, years is a long time to require affordability—until it’s over and your public investment is lost.

Organizing, Power, & Public Policy

Community organizing teaches the poor to organize themselves for power and politics...to restore dignity and integrity, and rebuild community, as well as the civic...

You Get What You Need

To quote Mick Jagger, "You can't always get what you want, but if you try real hard, you'll get what you need." The CRA provisions...

Can San Francisco Get Mixed-Income Public Housing Redevelopment Right?

The HOPE SF program is aiming to explicitly avoid many of the problems mixed-income public housing redevelopments have faced, to create a truly inclusive process.

Developing Workers

As community development corporations (CDCs) strive to develop comprehensive strategies to help individuals and families in their communities, they are increasingly turning their attention...

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...

New Hope for Public Housing?

America's hulking public housing towers have provided a shifting symbol through the years. When built, they symbolized a generous system, giving comfort to Americans...

Shelterforce Roundtable: Housing Justice Today

On March 29th, 1999, Shelterforce convened the leaders of ten national housing and social justice organizations to discuss the accomplishments and challenges of the...

How Well Did Yonkers Fair Housing Measures Work?

Across the United States since the passage of the Fair Housing Act of 1968, only a handful of lawsuits have challenged systematic racial discrimination...

Outlawing Homelessness

In the past decade, cities have increasingly moved toward enacting and enforcing laws that specifically criminalize homelessness in response to their concern about the...

Why Are Community Development Lenders Financing Charter Schools?

The choice to support privately-operated, publicly-funded schools puts these lenders at odds with many of their usual political allies and constituencies. So what’s the motivation?

Community Entrepreneurship

A remarkable left-right consensus has emerged that one of the most promising ways to address poverty these days is through minority business development. Politicians,...

More Bang for the Buck?

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

Communities Need to Capitalize on Financial Services Modernization Act

Seldom in legislation as complex as the recently enacted Financial Services Modernization Act does any group get everything it wants. In this case, however,...