Shelter Shorts

Portland Wisdom Spreads, If Slowly It took a while, but Denver has become the second city in the country to pass an ordinance aimed at preserving subsidized housing that has expiring federal contracts. Portland, OR put such a law in place in 1988. About 15,000 Denver residents live in subsidized projects, and most of their […]

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Arts Build Community

CDCs now recognize that art and cultural activities can be useful tools toward building a community’s identity, meaning, and spirit. But bank regulators have not yet reached a sufficient level of comfort with this new strategy.

Predatory Lending: Subprime Lenders trick homeowners into expensive loans.

Laid off after 29 years of working for a local telephone company in North Carolina, “Roberta Green” was struggling. Although she had a part-time job driving a school bus, she was not earning enough to pay her bills. When she received a call from a man who said he could help her come up with […]

Housing the Poor and Vulnerable Elderly

Owners and administrators of government-subsidized rental housing are acutely aware of their older tenants’ changing profile. More than ever, seniors in today’s affordable housing are likely to be in their 70s and 80s. This group is vulnerable, tending to be women living alone, members of ethnic and racial minorities, and those reliant on Social Security. […]

New Codes for Old Buildings

Rehabilitating old buildings in New Jersey used to be uncertain business. Depending on how much you spent compared to the building’s value, you had to meet the standards for new buildings in either the part you were working on or the whole building. Much of the variation was up to the whim of local officials. […]

New Challenges for Community Builders

As we go to press, the federal budget, including the HUD budget for fiscal year 2001, has just been released. The HUD budget, while far from what the millions of households living in unaffordable or substandard homes or on the streets need, is moving in the right direction. Its requested increase of $6 billion overall […]

Shelter Shorts

Housing Crisis Hurts Student Achievement Affordable housing advocates have long argued that effects of the affordable housing crisis extend well beyond low-income people’s day-to-day struggle to pay rent. Now perhaps the mainstream media is beginning to get the message. Columnist Richard Rothstein reports in The New York Times (1/19/00) that excessive mobility of low-income children […]

Raising Money for Progressive Arts and Culture Organizations

Discussions about the difficulty of raising money for certain issues are generally started by people who feel sorry for themselves. Nevertheless, progressive arts and culture organizations face challenges that can drive the most optimistic person to occasional self-pity. A progressive arts and culture organization does one or more of the following: Encourages, and provides a […]

Tenant Organizing Wins One-for-One Replacement

In 1996, a small group of highly organized residents of North Beach public housing in San Francisco began to raise questions about the fate of their homes, due to be demolished under HUD’s HOPE VI program. [See Shelterforce # 104] Because two other Hope VI Projects in the city had remained vacant mudlots for two […]

Civil Society and Democracy at Crossroads

A Place for Us: How To Make Society Civil and Democracy Strong by Benjamin Barber. Hill and Wang, 1998. 172 pp. Between the two great domains of power in the modern world – government and corporations – lies the civil society, a domain that has been neglected, overlooked, and often maliciously deprived by its bigger, […]

Changing Rules of Regional Development?

Inside Game/Outside Game: Winning Strategies for Urban America, by David Rusk. Brookings Institution Press, 1999. 384 pp. David Rusk’s book, Inside Game/Outside Game, is a welcome antidote to the often flat commentary and policy recommendations of urban revitalization literature. Content to work with what is, most analyses fix on the tools and fads of the […]

Housing and Community Development Campaign 2000

Decent affordable housing in healthy communities for all Americans is just as essential for our nation’s social and economic well-being as are affordable health care and high-quality education. Yet none of our current presidential candidates are addressing the severe and ever-growing shortage of affordable housing. To ensure that housing and community economic development for low-income […]

HUD Budget Request

President Clinton’s fiscal year 2001 (FY01) budget request submitted to Congress February 7 seeks increases for HUD programs in general. In a recent Memo to Members, National Low Income Housing Coalition President Sheila Crowley says housing advocates have reason to feel upbeat about the position from which we are starting this year. Besides more money, […]