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How can long-standing providers of services for the poor resist gentrifying forces to stay in place?

Why CDCs Should Advocate for a Right to Housing

While the Constitution of the United States ensures citizens many rights, housing is not one of them - although such a right has been advocated for many years. _Shelterforce_ asked Chester Hartman and Rachel G. Bratt (co-editors of A Right To Housing, with Michael E. Stone) to discuss this notion of a "right to housing." Bratt explains how a right to housing can advance the work of CDCs. Hartman, answering a series of questions, puts it into the context of other rights Americans expect.

A Very High Stakes Deal

The $5.4 billion sale of Manhattan's last middle-class enclave might have been prevented if there had been progressive policies in place.

Housing for All

With simple design changes and a few added features, an attractive and functional home can be built for people both with or without disabilities.

Making Tax Credits Work for the Disabled

Throughout the country, low-income people with mobility disabilities face an unprecedented and growing housing crisis. Accessibility and housing costs rank high among the problems...

Replacing Hotel Housing

Officials in Sacramento, CA, are scrambling to protect the residential hotel units that remain in the city’s downtown for people with very low incomes....

Reclaiming a Community Focused Congress

The 110th Congress: What's in store for housing and community advocates?

Homeless Dumping

Police in Los Angeles are investigating whether a major hospital is dumping homeless patients on the city’s Skid Row. They report having videotaped five...

Reform the Insurers

In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, many Gulf Coast residents were denied insurance payments because the insurers said that storm damage fell outside policy...

Aging on the Street

The median age of San Francisco’s homeless population rose from 37 to 46 from 1990 to 2003, according to a recent study by University...

2006 Housing & Community Development Victories

In 2006, housing advocates across the country scored numerous legislative victories in their states. From new funding sources for housing trust funds to improving local tax credit regulations, policies are now in place to promote the production of affordable housing, protect residents from displacement and help low-income workers afford their housing. Here are some of the highlights.

Next Time, a Better FEMA

In September Congress passed several reforms to the notorious agency known as FEMA, though it comes far too late for the victims of its...

Rescue 311

People in Baltimore worried about losing their homes to foreclosure can now call a city hotline to get help. When they dial 311, the...

Got Voucher, Need Decent Housing

While a Section 8 voucher is a wonderful thing to have, it doesn’t always lead to decent housing. In Birmingham, AL, HUD auditors found...

Putting on the Pressure

Under pressure from local activists, members of the Champaign, IL, city council decided not to repeal protections for tenants with Section 8 vouchers. The...

Cincy CDC Settles With Loan Flippers

Price Hill Will, a CDC in Cincinnati, agreed to an out-of-court settlement with a group of mortgage appraisers, investors and brokers that allegedly took...

The Struggle for Fairness

On November 7 voters around the nation expressed their disdain for the current Congressional leadership. In January, both Houses will change hands. As the...

Shelter Shorts

No Smoking Gun It seems that HUD Secretary Alphonso Jackson has been heard urging his staff to steer contracts toward people who like President Bush....

All Hail the Mighty E-mail

Relationships with your constituents are built on respect, trust and communication - qualities realized when you demonstrate that your organization is worthy of supporters'...

NHI Research Update: Rebuilding America’s Housing Ladder

For as long as the National Housing Institute has been in existence, the nation's housing ladder has been in disrepair. In too many communities,...