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Building Leadership in Communities of Color

In these times of change, investing in and institutionalizing practices to develop emerging leaders will be critical for sustaining and expanding community development efforts.

Housing Investments Are Neighborhood Investments

Community developers must take on the broader challenge of using housing-based investments to prompt broader neighborhood-wide improvements.

How Do We Get It Done?

Protests in front of government buildings have their place, but advocacy is not mutually exclusive with taking action directly.

The Promise of Sustainable Design

I think if there is a silver lining in the foreclosure crisis it is this: more Americans are recognizing the critical importance of quality, affordable rental housing.

The Challenge of Change

Just as it did at the start of the community development sector some 30 years ago, the industry finds itself facing public sector cuts and growing housing needs.

Where Are They Now?

Shelterforce was founded in 1975 in East Orange, N.J., by a collective of tenant advocates and organizers. Where are those collective members now?

1975 Was a Good Year

We're not the only 36-year-old in town. Here is a small sampling of other 36th birthdays taking place this year:

New Objectives for Affordable Housing

In this age of the Great Recession, it’s imperative to establish a new objective for the affordable housing movement. There is a need for...

Better Living by Urban Restoration

It is the larger social and cultural environment of a home that creates health, not the housing unit considered on its own, concluded a...

Housing for Families, Not Just Households

It’s time to do away with a mortgage-industrial complex that turns “families” into “households” with income earners, credit scores, and debt ratios.

Housing Policy Should Be About People, Not Product

Most low-income households in the United States live in private-market housing. American housing policies, though, rather than focusing on the needs of that majority,...

Housing for People, Not for Profit

Poverty is not contagious or created by poor people, but is caused by systems of oppression such as racism, classism, gender discrimination, and homophobia

Eliminate the Poverty Trap of Means-Adjusting

Want to do something radical and transformative for affordable and public housing? Eliminate means-adjusted rents in family properties. Not means-testing, the entry review that assures...

Conrad Egan

What do Saul Alinsky, Students for a Democratic Society, HUD, and the Housing and Community Development Department of Fairfax County, Virginia, have in common? Conrad...

Filling the Lending Vacuum

As credit tightens and higher and higher numbers of commercial real estate loans enter default, CDCs are stepping up to fill the financing gap in economic development deals from which conventional lenders have been retreating.

How Do You Choose?

How do community developers whose goals include neighborhood revitalization identify which businesses or other non-residential tenants (library, healthcare center) are likely to create the most positive momentum in a given area? It’s certainly more art than science. We asked a few long-time community developers for their thoughts.

CLTs Go Commercial

The idea of turning the community land trust model into an economic development tool is attracting growing interest, but there are still a lot of unanswered questions about how it would work.

More Mission

The Affordable Housing Program of the Federal Home Loan Banks is a marked success, and should be a model for expanding the system's investment in economic development.

It’s All About Choice

Rather than just developing homes for sale, City of Lakes CLT lets buyers pick houses to bring into the land trust.

Making Light Rail Stop for Us

A promising, billion-dollar Twin Cities light rail project almost bypassed lower-income neighborhoods on its route, but thanks to a coalition of community groups, it will now make all local stops.