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Affordable Housing Was On the Ballot, Here Are Some Election Results

...of the more significant results. California had, by far, the most ballot issues, with three statewide and four local bond issues. What received the most attention was Proposition 10, the...

Targeted Blight Remediation Yields Big Results

...The results of the study also highlight the power of pairing nonprofit intermediaries and advocates with research experts.   The Data Collaborative—Pairing Advocates with Analysts The Data Collaborative is a...

How to Fight Vacancy? Do It All

...that have experienced decline for decades, residents are hungry for action and results. Create results—as simple as they may be—and communicate them. It’s not possible for one organization to do...

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, collaborated to...

Five Hidden Opportunities in the 2010 Election Results

The 2010 midterm elections have certainly made many community developers anxious for our communities and our field — and with good reason. The Republican Party’s agenda of draconian...

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...

Roundtable on Evaluation in Community Groups

...people before they moved into our mutual housing, and we’re going to compare those results with the results people report when they move in, after a year, and then a...

Redefining Community Development

...some aspects of its structure for different reasons. He expresses concern that Germantown Settlement’s focus on poor communities results in a failure to include individuals and organizations that do have...

Shifting The Balance of Power

...analyze the findings, and report the results. If the program is still active, they may develop a plan of action for insiders to implement. People who participate in a program...

Finding a Comprehensive Vision for Neighborhoods and Families

...and state governments. Some in the nonprofit world would likely not want to be held accountable for the results of their work. Making neighborhood organizations responsible for their results may...

Why Voters Haven’t Been Buying the Case for Building

...the country and yet he was nearly dumbfounded by the results of a recent survey commissioned by his paper, the Los Angeles Times. The Times and researchers from the University...

Town & Gown: Making Research Serve Communities’ Needs

...of community-based research in the US identifies a number of benefits and challenges unique to CBR. Research results are more likely to be useful and used. Because the impetus is...

Interview with Xavier de Souza Briggs, Associate Director for General Government...

...a turn on policy issues, a commitment to making government work again, rebuilding the public confidence, and a commitment to transparency around results.” All this was fantastic for me as...

Housing Advocates Track Indoor Environmental Hazards to Spur Improvements

...this or other federal lead evaluation training courses, advocates can enhance the credibility of their sampling results. Competition among labs has reduced the cost of lab analysis for lead dust...

Salt Lake City Walks the Collaboration Talk to Serve Vets

...with the Rapid Results Institute. To help communities understand how to implement systems change, this multi-agency, public and private effort held process-improvement, results-oriented boot camps. In October 2012, homeless service...

Schools that Support Students’ Whole Lives

Photo courtesy of the Children’s Aid Society. Most of the educational reforms of the past decade have at best produced only modest results, in large measure because they have focused...

Tips for Getting Your “Innovative” Project Funded

...you leveraged other funding? Will these results resonate with the funder? How do these results fit with what the funder expects? Understand the funder’s goals and objectives for the program....

Restoring Confidence in the CDC Model

...Faith Tested: 1990s-2000s Naturally, CDC partners wanted some assurance that their funding to CDCs was yielding results within the community. Periodic CDC studies and surveys began to report on housing...

What Happens When a CDC Pivots to a Health-First Focus?

...comfortable with the way things have always been done. But the real challenge comes now. Survey results in hand, Old Brooklyn CDC must figure out what to do next, and...

Paying for Success in Permanent Supportive Housing

...if measurable results are achieved. In Project Welcome Home, these results mean improved outcomes for those suffering from chronic homelessness. The County of Santa Clara has agreed to pay Abode...

The Challenges of Economic Integration

...Results Since the mid-1980s, a broad consensus among scholars and urban planners has emerged in support of the idea that housing policy should encourage the creation of more mixed-income communities....

Family Self-Sufficiency Program

...initiative is required to get community groups to work in tandem with local housing authorities. The results may be fruitful. FSS is not so much a program as it is...

Shelter Shorts, The Week in Community Development—Feb. 8

...add to the conversation, one of which Shelterforce has moderated and will be publishing soon) as cities adopt density policies and enough time passes for results to be weighed. The...

Election Polling, Big Data, and Movement Building

...more narrowcast, more parsed and targeted and geared toward short-term results. In politics this often results in pandering to multiple bases separately yet simultaneously. It means messaging is more segregated...

The American Dream Under Duress?

...for the MacArthur Foundation yesterday. The results are based on a national telephone survey done in April polling 1,355 adults. The survey is meant to “develop a deeper understanding of...

Evaluation for Fundraising

Program evaluation is a key component of operating and sustaining effective nonprofit organizations. Evaluation provides systematic information about the results of your programs and their contributions to individual and community...

Evaluation Resources

...on-line version of their Guidebook, plus a list of resources. Contact: 617-971-9443. The Renssalearville Institute provides templates and software for shifting management, data collection, and funding strategies to a results-focused...

20 Years Later, What HOPE VI Can Teach Us

...results of the largest federal mixed-income housing policy, our research team at the National Initiative on Mixed-Income Communities asked: What is the income and tenure mix of housing units that...

Finding Common Ground

...to compare the results of a consensus approach, some real common ground and respect has begun to grow among the partners. 2. Try to appeal to human emotions other than...

Mission Above Method

...contractual mechanism is “self-enforcing.” You might be thinking, “But we know that CLTs tend to use ground leases, and CLTs tend to do more stewardship, which results in better outcomes.”...

This Is How We Should Measure Our Work (And Achieve Economic...

...and accountability (improved metrics across a broader array of programs). Community Development and Economic Justice Metrics Community development should be looking to affect results across statistics (big and small) that...

Clearing the Air

...pollution load in Hunts Point, two summers ago we sent a group of young adults out to count the street trees in our neighborhood. The results were worse than expected:...

In the World of Community Wealth-Building, Ownership Has Its Privileges

...programs haven’t yielded their intended results. A 2014 study by Good Jobs First, a Washington, D.C.-based organization that promotes government and corporate accountability in economic development efforts, found that 75...

Community Building & Community Organizing Issues in Creating Effective Models

...of units of low- and moderate-income housing. In the past several years, Midwest began experiencing serious losses in its lowest income multi-family housing units as results of vandalism, high turnover,...

The 1996 Campaign Season – How Housing Groups Can Make a...

...will try to generate similar results and publicity, while battling illegal sweeps of Atlanta’s homeless population before the Olympics. Housing California (HC) is implementing a holistic campaign focused on voter...

What Is Philanthropic Equity? A Roundtable Discussion

...instead of producing widgets or buying a unit of social program results. How do you approach the measurement concept with philanthropic equity? Debra Schwartz: Over the history that we’ve been...

A 21st Century Vision For Community Development

...Be results-oriented. Performance is critical — and it must be measured and rewarded. “Performance” includes the production of homes, jobs, and businesses, but it should also include community leader development,...

How a Risk-Averse Hospital and a Risk-Taking CDC Built a Functional...

...resources that have played a part in the success of this program. And with that, we want to show results to our financial partners. Timing of results is something that...

An Opportunity Century?  Election 2012, Social Justice, and America

As the election results sink in, partisans are busy debating what 2012 voting patterns mean for Republican and Democratic prospects in the next election cycle. But what lessons do this...

Community Building & Community Organizing Issues in Creating Effective Models

...of units of low- and moderate-income housing. In the past several years, Midwest began experiencing serious losses in its lowest income multi-family housing units as results of vandalism, high turnover,...

Creating Miles of Art in the Mile High City

...results are not easily translated to visual form. Managing community expectations also requires consistent communication so as not to create improbable or impossible plans that are not viable and therefore...

The Elements of Success

...among those involved. They are savvy, tenacious, pragmatic, results-oriented, and customer-sensitive. They often possess technical skills. They solve problems through trial and error and quickly learn from their mistakes. They...

Courting Racial Justice

...agreements,” suburbs could pay cities to take some of their obligations off their hands. The Mt. Laurel decisions have brought some positive results. Today, thanks to these rulings, every town’s...

Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation

...get credit.” When you do that, sometimes results are actually are counter-beneficial. The opportunity for philanthropy is the opportunity to reflect, to listen, to learn, to craft responses and solutions...

Scale, Schmale. What About Impact?

...is the impact that results from this practice. Chasing Units The modern community development field had its roots in the neighborhood revitalization movement of the 1970s, in reaction to the...

HUD Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development

...such critical issues as fair share and targeting, is it realistic to expect good results from local HUD officials? And what systems will you have to monitor those results and...

Is a Meritocracy Really What We Want?

...neighborhoods. Yet there is a great body of evidence showing that efforts to break down these barriers yield only marginal results in promoting meritocratic social mobility for the urban poor,...

Who, Why, and How Communities Oppose Affordable Housing

Editor’s Note: This is third part in a series about NIMBY and affordable housing. In this post, we continue to discuss the results of our survey of affordable housing developers...

Homeowner, Meet Your Lender

...to ask, however, is “Is it enough?” The answer typically results in a resounding “It never is.” The New York Times reported this week on another program mirroring similar efforts...

How Cambridge Lost Rent Control

...results in eight other ballot questions came in by midnight, but Question 9 was still too close to call. By dawn, the news became painfully clear. Although Question 9 failed...

The Renter’s Dilemma

...results of new survey on the American Dream conducted by Hart Research Associates. The survey asked this question: “Thinking more broadly and not for you personally, given our nation’s current...

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 conducted by the American Planning Association, “Americans want planners to focus...

Getting At Impact: A Beginners Guide to Program Evaluation

...information anchors ongoing strategic planning and helps the organization demonstrate results to funders and other stakeholders. The information-gathering process heightens awareness of the topics under investigation, and outcome information helps...

Housing Quality Is Key to Mental Health

...instability, unaffordability, or other housing factors.” Given just how harmful we know instability and unaffordability can be, those are strong results. Stress, including parental stress over housing conditions, is theorized...

Without More Affordable Housing, Veteran Homelessness Will Return

...two cities’ results concern only the subpopulation of chronically homeless veterans. The Good News Despite these caveats, important progress is being made. Since 2008, a total of 58,155 Housing Choice...

Advocates for Healthy Housing

...groups. These projects, in turn, have checked more than 2,500 homes for hazards and used the results of their own hazard investigations in high-risk homes to press for community-wide solutions...

The 30 Percent Rent-to-Income Ratio Doesn’t Add Up in NYC

...the housing line, and looked to see if the total budget exceeded the total income. It was relatively easy to test whether the 30 percent standard results in housing affordability...

In Defense of the 30 Percent of Income to Housing Affordability...

...see if the residual-income approach produced noticeably different results from the 30 percent standard, the JCHS used both approaches to assess housing cost burdens in three metropolitan areas that reflect...

How the Bay Area Got $2 Billion for Affordable Homes

...the first step in identifying how to improve, and NPH members responded with voter registration campaigns in many counties, with striking results where there were ballot campaigns to increase housing...

Rules Matter

...some successes, the program hasn’t yet delivered the quite the level of results we all hoped it would. Judy Jacobson of Massachusetts Housing Partnership explains the unintended consequences of NSP1’s...

How Will We Leverage Stimulus Dollars?

...metrics, commissioning and certification to track results? Can we commit to building pathways out of poverty for low-income people by linking them to green jobs and our greener economy? Enterprise...

Charting a New Course in Portland

...contract have successfully met their goals, each participant’s income is tracked for three years. Interim results are encouraging. Of the workforce participants who’ve received two years of assistance, more than...

Reconnecting Shared Visions to Investment Opportunities

...to whether he had heard of or seen the results of the university research.  He, too, had not.  Realizing that he – a leading advisor on investment decisions in the...

Top Racial Justice Leaders Give Post-Election Thoughts

...need to be right now.” Just days after Election Day, of course the election’s results were on everyone’s minds, and the shock and horror, fear and disappointment that much of...

Doesn’t Voter Fraud Require Actual Voting?

...on announcing he doesn’t accept the results? McCain might skip his own election-night party That last seems far-fetched. It’s hard to believe the GOP would try to use the ACORN...

Shelter Shorts, The Week in Community Development—May 11

...instead.   The HAAS Institute for a Fair and Equal Society recently released the results of a statewide survey of Californians on a wide range of issues related to “identity,...

No Progress Without Protest

...book Comeback Cities, Grogan and Proscio ridicule those with a “preference for confrontation over visible results.” As Lindsey would no doubt agree, they applaud the sixties and seventies activists who,...

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

...Atlanta, the Bay Area, Los Angeles, the Puget Sound region, and others. These efforts have achieved real results. However, in some contexts there may be opportunities to achieve even greater...

Seven Tips to Help You Forge Health and Housing Partnerships

...to healthy foods. A total of 83 percent of those initiatives relied on partners, ranging from hospitals to local public health departments. A paper summarizing the results of the survey,...

Above the Fray?

...outsiders come calling, say community development heads, attention is one thing and meaningful results quite another. Take what’s happening in Beyond Housing’s struggling home base, Normandy, Mo. The local school...

Time to Remove the Rose-Colored Glasses

...Ford begun to support community organizing and constituency building. Corporations also found CDCs to their liking. CDCs fit the corporate image of bottom line: results-oriented organizations with which they could...

Injecting Racial Equity into an Election Cycle in St. Louis

...issues in the region? After everyone was surveyed, the results were used to determine the priority issues for the forum. For example, the results in the “Opportunity to Thrive” section...

New Hampshire Community Loan Fund

...results from their investment in the loan fund’s work with manufactured housing (see “Manufacturing Solutions,” www.nhi.org/go/ROCUSA) and farm-to-food lending. Product details: NH Community Loan Fund offers a credit-enhanced fixed-income note,...

We Build the Road as We Travel

...mandates regarding outcomes and accountability. These require new strategies and effective focusing of resources and skills for greatest results, leaving little room for riskier strategies and initiatives that forge new...

Thrown into the Mix

...this question for a recent story in The Chicago Reporter, with a focus on “naturally occurring” mixed-income communities as opposed to intentional public-housing redevelopments. The results of the Reporter‘s data...

Revitalization: Not Despite Us, But Because of Us

...she had never seen kids playing “meeting” until she encountered children from the Properties. The Results: Building Community The changes in the Properties, the tenants, and the neighborhood are real....

Can This Collaboration Be Saved?

...part of the landscape for community development work. Often it makes sense and leads to good results. Yet the timing is not always right, nor the ingredients in place for...

Listen To Me

...it wasn’t very nice to parents, but Shaw says the parents took it in stride as part of the listening and learning process. And in the end, the results –...

More Mission

...aside 10 percent of annual profits to invest in local affordable housing initiatives. The results have been incredibly positive: since 1990, more than $4.2 billion in grants, which have helped...

City Soil

...it turned out, several of the sites assessed by the Twin Cities Metropolitan Council Brownfield Pilot (including the Stevens Avenue property) had little or no subsurface environmental contamination. The results...

Nonprofit Chamber of Commerce?

...economy, both in our employment and in our results/causes, “we need a chamber of commerce mentality for nonprofits in America,” he argued, pointing to Connecticut’s new governor, who has a...

Section 8 Is Broken

...in Cook County. “And it will often be in a transitional or poor neighborhood.” A Variety of Results Grassroots concerns do not often make their way up to the higher...

How Did the Community Development Industry Become So Housing...

...to attract lender commitments to their jurisdictions. Although this history is impressive, and has yielded tremendous results, it is not without problems. Affordable housing alone does not make for a...

Freddie and Fannie Under Fire

...results of its major fair lending review of GSEs’ automated underwriting systems (AUS). Most mortgages made by lenders are run through these systems, which rely on credit scoring and other...

The Housing Change We Need

...a profit for its supplier. There is an obvious injustice in the results of such a system — today, there is not a single city in the country in which...

Fear of Affordable Housing

...the claims and concerns and then assessing whether they had come to pass. The results are striking, and mirror what Doug Massey found about the claims of opponents of Ethel...

An Artist’s Way of Seeing: Community Engagement in Creative Placemaking

...results. Our vision has to be as big as the problems we’re faced with.” A decade after that first gathering, Thunder Valley Community Development Corporation is regenerating an entire community...

Urban Horizons

...a big difference, though, when it comes to getting businesses off the ground, and WHEDCO has yet to see overwhelming results from either the microbusinesses created by its trainees or...

Why Tenants Should Be Given the Opportunity to Purchase Their Buildings

...people-centered model that can help remedy displacement that all too often results in homelessness. “We’re building something beyond us,” says Peacock, “this is a blessing, but has lots of challenges....

Scoring Bragging Rights–and Funding

...are poised for success, we measure kindergarten readiness. Because we do a thorough job of monitoring our Place Matters neighborhoods, we knew we were seeing positive results. The problem was,...

Policy Recommendations

...– videos, training manuals, workshops, and so on. Initial funding should be for at least three years – sufficient time to expand capacity, train leaders, and show results. These intermediary...

EZ'er Said Than Done

...of designated areas, and results being misreported. But such critiques are to be expected in an initiative the size and complexity of EZ/EC, says Kane. What’s most important is that...

Why Food-Oriented Development Is Easier to Implement

...to increase the density of full-service grocery stores in USDA-defined “food deserts.” Some places have seen notable results. For example, healthy-food finance initiatives pioneered in Pennsylvania by The Food Trust...

Comprehensive Community Initiatives: Lessons in Neighborhood Transformation

...“product,” or whether the success of a neighborhood-based initiative should be measured by the process it uses to bring about change or the tangible results it produces. Another, referred to...

Build Mixed-Income Housing–But Not in Isolation

...uneven results. We have found that mixed-income housing has a far greater impact when it is being planned and built in connection with the other key elements of healthy communities:...

Reinventing Housing in Pittsburgh

...was another issue: how we communicated to residents about what’s happening in the city. The results of those meetings were that we set up – either in conjunction with a...

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 defaults and would...

Beating Bank-Owned Blight

...work with you to achieve similar win-win results,’” says Lin. So far the city has had similar results with Bank of America, Chase, Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, Deutsche Bank, and...

The Ripple Effects of Income Volatility

...public health, and economic development, chipping away at what would otherwise be positive returns. But what about the impact of volatility on communities, states, regions, or the country? Preliminary results...

The Role of Government in Impact Investing

...results rather than programs created. Pay-for-success finance involves multiple stakeholders, significant transaction costs, and necessarily robust quantifiable measurements of social impacts in order to live up to its promise. As...