Rose Johnson stands nervously in a crowded room in Gulfport, Mississippi, surrounded by out-of-towners. With $1,000 in her pocket, she competes in the local tax sale to buy property in the low-income neighborhood of North Gulfport, where she has lived her entire life. Other participants gather at this annual event to purchase tax-delinquent property on […]
For low-income tenants, the experience of gentrification is not a boost. It is the daily threat of displacement – for themselves, their families and their communities.
The Clinton neighborhood, also known as Hell’s Kitchen, sits in the western middle of Manhattan. From the urban disinvestment of the 1960s through the 1980s, it was the scene of intense political activism to protect housing for working class and middle-income residents. In the 1970s and 1980s, Clinton residents responded to landlord abandonment of rental […]
The State of the Nation’s Housing 2005 report shows that middle-income families are beginning to face the kinds of housing cost burden issues only the poor used to have.
In an essay last month, John Norquist, president of the Congress for the New Urbanism and former mayor of Milwaukee, asked, “Is Gentrification Really A Threat?” (Planetizen.com). Citing three recent studies, he concluded that the fear of gentrification was overblown and used these studies to attack “local activists, CDCs and armchair liberals” who “assume the […]
CDC Partnership Gets Big Job in Boston Partners for Jackson, a development group led by two Boston CDCs, won a contract in June to redevelop a major intersection with housing, retail stores and a community center. Urban Edge and Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Development Corporation have both been active in the same area of Boston for […]
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 change. That is, it’s research that involves asking focused questions about your organization, gathering information that will answer these questions and analyzing and documenting the […]
In response to tenant organizing, the Washington state legislature approved a bill that requires landlords to pay for relocation assistance for tenants forced out of their homes by the landlords’ own negligence.
The Next L.A.: The Struggle for a Livable City, by Robert Gottlieb, Mark Vallianatos, Regina M. Freer and Peter Dreier, University of California Press, 2005, 279 pp. $21.95 (paperback). Alliance building is one of the most challenging tasks confronting advocates of affordable housing and community development. Advocates alone rarely have the muscle to change policy […]
Beginning with this issue, NHI will be reporting on our current research interests. In the Fall of 2004, we began a two-phased, multi-year study on shared-equity homeownership, which encompasses various models of resale-restricted, owner-occupied housing in which affordability is contractually maintained for a number of years. Leading this research project is John Emmeus Davis of […]