Crossing Muddy Waters

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 […]

The Promise and Challenges of Co-ops in a Hot Real Estate Market

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 […]

Planning for Success

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?” ( 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 […]

Shelter Shorts

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 […]

Evaluation for Fundraising

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 […]

A Victory Over the Slumlords

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.

Lessons from L.A.’s Progressive Coalitions

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 […]

Shared-Equity Homeownership

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 […]