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After the Fall

Is community development simply becoming a trickier and more competitive business? CDCs once had free run of the landscape of distressed communities. Today, competition to redevelop in these communities is intensifying.

Strategy Shift Yields Jobs from Marriott

A local organization affiliated with National People's Action, a 27-year-old coalition of grassroots neighborhood groups, won a public meeting with Chicago Police Superintendent Terry...

Remaking Public Housing

Charter Oak Terrace: Life, Death and Rebirth of a Public Housing Project, David Radcliffe. 194 pp. Hartford, CT: Southside Media, 1998. As housing...

Ten Common Sense Ways to Fill Your Development Funding Gap

One of the most challenging stages of any affordable housing project is securing the final subsidies that make the project financially feasible. The difficulty...

Shelter Shorts

Landlord Must Accept Section 8The New Jersey Supreme Court said in March that landlords cannot refuse to participate in the Section 8 program if...

CDCs, Social Capital, and Housing Quality

In a deteriorated section of Brooklyn, New York, one building stands out on the block. It is newly renovated and better kept than surrounding...

Boosting the Capacity of CDCs

Despite documentable growth in the number and capability of community development corporations (CDCs) across the country, many observers of the field still believe...

The 8 Habits of Highly Effective CDCs

1 CDC leaders must be aware of their own limitations and recognize they're responsible for developing staff and building institutions. Any entrepreneurial venture –...

Dennis West on ECI’s Rise and Fall

Did Eastside Community Investment push the envelope too far? We did a whole lot of things right for a long time. In spite of what...

Community Development Legislative News

From the National Low Income Housing Coalition President Submits HUD's FY2000 Request The Clinton administration submitted its FY2000 budget request to Congress on February...

From Movement to Industry and Back Again

A remarkable thing has happened over the past three decades. Throughout the country, in urban and rural communities, nonprofit community-based development organizations (CBDOs) such...

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...

1,000,000 Homes at Risk

Sweeping changes in national housing policy have put hundreds of thousands of public and federally assisted (Section 8) housing units at risk. These drastic...