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New Jersey’s Campaign Against Lead

The effects of lead poisoning on a child’s physical and emotional development and cognitive ability are well known. An investigation that ran two years...

Building a Home and a Future

Elsie Robinson once worked as a cashier at a Salvation Army store during the day and as a stocker at the local Wal-Mart in...

Home Girls in the House

Girls participating in a WiCC-sponsored Summer Youth project making picnic tablesPhoto courtesy of WTHC Women in Construction at first attracted older women but soon the project...

Strategies For Survival

When the SUMMECH Community Development Corporation of Atlanta lost its development director in early 2003, the organization was left with several projects in the...

New Beginnings

When Barbara Pesante lost her sight five years ago after a staph infection injured her optic nerve, she tried unsuccessfully to obtain assistance in...

What the Movies Miss About Community Development

After a recent viewing of the movie Duplex I was reminded of how little the popular cinema helps us understand urban and housing issues,...

When CDCs Do “More”

For CDCs to stay alive and relevant they must diversify funding and activities, and keep a running dialogue with their communities, among other things....

Shelter Shorts

Nothing We Can Do The reach of Georgia’s Fair Lending Act was shortened considerably when the U.S. Office of the Comptroller of the Currency...

Finding Funding Online: The Internet as a Fundraising Guide

At the beginning of 2003, nearly 81 percent of the 100 largest foundations and more than 1,600 of the 59,000 independent foundations provided information...

Tracking the Homeless: An Overview of HMIS

In Massachusetts a few years ago, data from homeless shelters revealed that a majority of residents had entered the system almost directly from foster...

When CDCs Do "More"

For CDCs to stay alive and relevant they must diversify funding and activities, and keep a running dialogue with their communities, among other things....

Telling the Community Development Story

Comeback Cities, by Paul Grogan and Tony Proscio. Westview Press (www.westviewpress.com). 2000. 285 pp. $17 (paperback). House by House, Block by Block, by Alexander von...

Blocking Crime: How Block Clubs are Saving Chicago’s Neighborhoods

Several agencies came together in 1996 to clear drug dealers from the corners and vacant lots in the 800 block of North Harding Avenue. The effort, dubbed the “Super Block Project,” involved the city of Chicago, police officers from the 11th District, the West Humboldt Park Family and Community Development Council and Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, a nonprofit agency that helps poor families with home ownership.