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A Look In The Mirror

My first experience with organizational evaluation came early. I was a secretary at my local neighborhood center – known by its constituents as “the...

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...

City Life and Occupy: A Developing Relationship

This past August, a broad new coalition in Boston formed to plan a massive march against Bank of America and other corporate targets on...

Big Island Organizing

An organizing drive in Hawaii has forced the hand of America's largest bank, achieving a breakthrough that has slashed foreclosures.

Some Tips on Collecting Data

Once you have identified indicators, you need to collect data on them on a regular basis so you can see how they are changing....

Many Goals, One Field

What is a CDC? Many a meeting among those in the field has descended into argument about what is inside and outside the line....

Living in the Buffer

Preventing the development of new affordable housing in close proximity to freeways isn't a just solution to the health effects of LA's air pollution.

Winning a Land Bank We Can Trust

Lessons from Philadelphia's Campaign to Take Back Vacant Land

Homeownership Counselors—And Organizers, Too!

Northwest Side Housing Center combines counseling and organizing to empower homeowners facing foreclosure.

Will Columbia Take Manhattanville?

Balancing an Ivy League university's expansion plan with a Harlem neighborhood's needs is a tricky business, especially when eminent domain is in the mix.

Community Development News

Wages Are Falling Farther Behind Housing Prices   A worker would have to earn $13.87 per hour – called the “Housing Wage”– to afford the national...

Labor Goes to Bat for Housing: a Community-Labor coalition in San...

The dot-com nose-dive notwithstanding, Silicon Valley is still a place to get rich, and many people have. But the rapid boom has left anyone...

Common Ground: Smart Growth and Affordable Housing

In November 2000, Colorado voters faced a ballot initiative known as Amendment 24, which would have required many communities in the state to adopt...

Affordable Forever: Community Land Trusts

Communities across the country have taken up the CLT model to confront challenges from gentrification and sprawl to pollution and abandoned housing.

Time for a Common Sense Policy on Homelessness

On any given day, at least 800,000 people are homeless in the United States, including about 200,000 children in homeless families. Over the course...

Running on Faith (Office of Faith-Based and Community Initiatives)

In the latter part of January 2001 the phrase “faith-based” seemed to be on everyone’s lips. The White House Office of Faith-Based and Community...