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Using Information to Confront Corporate Power

In 1991 the United Steelworkers of America, locked in a bitter labor dispute with Ravenswood Aluminum Co., decided to extend the battle beyond the...

And The World Keeps Changing

Twenty-five years ago, in the midst of a growing tenant movement, I chaired a meeting at Pat Morrissy's old wood frame house in East...

New Markets Initiative Expected This Year

One of the major community development initiatives expected to move in this Congressional session is the President's New Markets Tax Credit program (NMTC). The...

Community Development Legislative News

H.R 1776 Seeks to Expand Homeownership On Thursday, April 6, H.R. 1776, a far-reaching and far-ranging bill with more than a few provisions communities...

We Build the Road as We Travel

Twenty five years ago, Chicago's west side had suffered rapid racial change, disinvestment, five riots (quelled by National Guard troops), and disintegration of community...

Time to Remove the Rose-Colored Glasses

The community development movement has gone from advocating for social change to narrowly providing housing and economic development. As the movement returns to a...

Twenty-Five Years of Building Power and Capacity

The first issue of Shelterforce was published during an era of reaction and retrenchment after a period of profound social movement among poor people....

Twin Pursuits

We know by now that effective community development requires more than just improving housing or neighborhood conditions. It involves community building: strengthening voluntary institutions...

Shelter Shorts

News Flash: Segregation in Public Housing!Almost half a century after the Fair Housing Act, it has finally become unacceptable for the agency charged with...

Anniversary Fundraising

The Center for Anti-Violence Education in Brooklyn, New York works to end violence against women and children through community education programs, self-defense courses and...

Everything Old is New Again

With this issue, we celebrate Shelterforce's 25th anniversary. Shelterforce has come far during this time, from a small quarterly newspaper to a glossy bi-monthly....

Building Assets to Fight Poverty

As asset-building policy continues to expand, inclusion of the poor is the greatest challenge. Homeownership, as the fundamental American Dream, should be at the center of asset-building policy and community development.

Shifting Fortunes: Trends in Housing Policy and Programs

In exchange for the abandonment of meaningful levels of housing assistance—whether project- or tenant-based—we are paying a high price in homelessness and severe cost burdens.