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The American Dream Under Duress?
“For most Americans, the housing crisis is hardly a thing of the past.” This is how Hart Research Associates opened its presentation...
How Tax Assessments are Racist
Between biased property appraisals that undervalue Black-owned properties and biased tax assessments that levy an unfair burden, homeowners of color are flanked by a double-whammy of racism.
What Happens When a CDC Pivots to a Health-First Focus?
Old Brooklyn Community Development Corporation in Cleveland finds that being an early adopter of a community health focus has its advantages.
Shelterforce Poll Results: Community Developers Feel Conflicted About Police
When the conversations surrounding the Michael Brown and and Eric Garner cases were at their strongest late last year, Shelterforce conducted a survey, asking our readers how they felt about the relationship between law enforcement and the communities in which they work and live. The answers we received ran the spectrum, from “Police presence is […]
Community Collaboration Results in Brilliant Transformation
This is a project you truly have to see to believe. Artist Matthew Mazzotta, the Coleman Center for the Arts, and community in York, Alabama,...
Five Hidden Opportunities in the 2010 Election Results
The new Congress will be enacting major new legislation, and it's vital that community development leaders retain our tenacious optimism as we move forward.
Housing Quality Is Key to Mental Health
Living in substandard housing affects your mental health as well, several studies have found.
Tenant Organizing When Rising Rent Isn’t the (Main) Issue
Tenant organizing has been re-energized in coastal cities where housing costs are soaring. But tenants need a voice in the rest of the country too—and they are organizing to get one.
An Opportunity Century? Election 2012, Social Justice, and America
What lessons do the 2012 election results hold for those of us who are committed to expanding opportunity and protecting human rights?
What Are the Goals of Community Planning?
What are our priorities when it comes to neighborhood planning? According to the results of a public opinion poll...
Homeowner, Meet Your Lender
The reconciliation that takes place Thursday mornings at Philadelphia City Hall is not some attempt to further prove that Philadelphia is the City of...
Creating Moves to Opportunity in Seattle-King County
Starting in 2017, researchers at Opportunity Insights and several other universities partnered with the Seattle and King County housing authorities, J-PAL North America, and...
How Will We Leverage Stimulus Dollars?
The stimulus has created a rare opportunity to transform America’s carbon footprint, metropolitan landscape, and its low-income communities in the years ahead.
How Do We Change the Narrative Around Housing?
In-depth public opinion research points to ways to intensify support for housing justice policies—and to a few danger spots to avoid.
Without More Affordable Housing, Veteran Homelessness Will Return
Federal funding to end veteran homelessness has had a real impact, but a nationwide shortage of affordable housing could make its success temporary.
Let’s Re-Place the Health Opportunity Maps
The way we map health opportunity has serious flaws. How can we make those maps more reflective of communities' lived experiences?
Marge Piercy’s poem “To Be of Use” praises people who jump right in to whatever work needs to be done, passing buckets of water...
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.
Courting Racial Justice
Our Town: Race, Housing, and the Soul of Suburbia. By David L. Kirp, John P. Dwyer and Larry Rosenthal. Illustrated. New Brunswick, N.J.: Rutgers...
Advocates for Healthy Housing
As public health and housing activists recognized a century ago when they fought for stronger sanitation and health codes, poorly maintained housing causes serious...