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How do you feel about the proposed QRM rule that would...

Results of the Shelterforce poll of October 12, 2011 Click continued for more results You said: “20 percent is far more than necessary to protect banks against...

Section 8 Is Broken

The Patterson Park neighborhood, on the East Side of Baltimore, stands perched precariously between renewal and collapse. A mixed-income population, almost evenly divided between...

Reconnecting Shared Visions to Investment Opportunities

Recently, over two sizable cups of locally-roasted coffee, a colleague and I mulled over a simple question: “How can...

Fear of Affordable Housing

Affordable housing developments proposed for affluent communities often face bitter, lengthy legal and political battles. These battles...

Can This Collaboration Be Saved?

If you’ve been part of a collaboration that really worked, you know how powerful that can be. You were part of a group that...

Listen To Me

When Dolores Shaw first got involved with the Eastern Pennsylvania Organizing Project (EPOP) eight years ago, she had two children entering school and a...

From Eyesores to Assets: CDC Abandoned Property Strategies

To save a neighborhood that’s in danger of going down, you can’t simply add new homes. You have to put the process of decline in reverse

City Soil

Think of the typical small derelict vacant urban site. Chances are it is located in a middle- to low-income community where housing needs are...

Freddie and Fannie Under Fire

This has been a long, hot summer for executives at Freddie Mac. What at first appeared to be a disagreement over arcane accounting rules...

What If We Didn’t Have to Beg for Community Benefits?

Perhaps publicly owned land should be developed for the community first—and market-rate developers should be asking us for access to part of it.

Why Food-Oriented Development Is Easier to Implement

You’ve heard of transit-oriented development. But food-oriented development might be easier to generate. 

CDCs: You Don’t Have to Develop Real Estate to Be a...

This is part two of my post on community development and community organizing. In my first post, I argued...

FHFA’s Proposed Duty to Serve Rule – New Opportunities for Community...

Community housing and community development advocates could see new opportunities for financing from Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac in 2016 and beyond under a...

Getting Ahead of Gentrification in the South Side of Columbus

More than a decade after several groups came together to improve substandard housing in the South Side of Columbus, signs of gentrification and forced displacement are beginning to emerge. Can something be done so current residents can afford to stay in their neighborhoods for years to come? The short answer is yes.

Why Tenants Should Be Given the Opportunity to Purchase Their Buildings

Unlike so many owners who are quickly selling their properties to the highest bidder amidst rising real estate values, an East Oakland landlord was intent on giving the existing tenants a fair shot to purchase the property.

5 Ways to Create Equitable Communities Near Transit

Across the country, regions are working to improve and integrate processes to create livable communities where all residents can affordably access housing, jobs, healthcare,...

Scoring Bragging Rights–and Funding

If there is one thing we have no shortage of here at LISC, it’s modesty.When a distressed community rebounds,...

How a Health Impact Assessment Helped House Irish Travellers

An HIA that focused on Irish Traveller housing programs proves successful because it empowered the population.

What Makes an Evaluation Successful?

That’s one of the questions that the McAuley Institute and the Development Leadership Network asked staff of community development organizations this year in a...

5 Guiding Principles to Build Capacity and Attract Capital

In the community development and investment fields, we have traditionally looked first to local organizations to address local needs. ...