Breathing Easier

A Massachusetts-based program provides home environment assessments, education, and home remediation services—often resulting in the improved health and lives of families.

Advocacy Proposal or Call to Do Nothing Some More?

Sharing the Pain and Gain in the Housing Market: How Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac Can Prevent Foreclosures and Protect Taxpayers by Combining Principal Reductions with “Shared Appreciation,” John Griffith and Jordan Eizenga, Center for American Progress, March 2012.

Healthy by Design

Can America’s most populous county design its way to better physical health and lower obesity rates? The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention gave Los Angeles County $16 million in 2010 to find out. The county used the funds to create a Healthy Design Ordinance that calls for changes such as better walking environments; wider, […]

Big Island Organizing

An organizing drive in Hawaii has forced the hand of America’s largest bank, achieving a breakthrough that has slashed foreclosures.

Florida Flipper Nabbed in Cleveland

The head of a sham financial corporation was arrested late last year for illegally flipping hundreds of homes in several Ohio counties, including Cuyahoga County, home to Cleveland and noted for both its large numbers of vacant properties and for the various creative tools being tried out to deal with them. Blaine D. Murphy, aka […]

Urban Reprise

Cities are growing again, with young people increasingly interested in moving to more walkable communities. And it’s not just traditionally hot market cities that are gaining. Newark, New Jersey, for example, gained population for the first time in more than 60 years. Albeit, it wasn’t much: the city added around 4,000 people since the turn […]

Putting ‘Silent Pickpockets’ on Notice

Discriminatory lending practices are a “silent pickpocket” skulking among unsuspecting borrowers, said Richard Cordray, director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition’s annual conference in April. Therefore, Cordray announced, his agency will now use the fair housing concept of disparate impact to aggressively pursue discriminatory lenders as it enforces the […]

Unsorting Our Cities

To improve the health of residents of disadvantaged neighborhoods, we have to address inequality, not medical care.

Healthy Yards with Youth in Charge

The Worcester, Mass., Toxic Soil Busters co-op shows improving a neighborhood’s health doesn’t have to be limited to experts and outsiders. 

Interview with Senator Robert Menendez

Shelterforce talks with Sen. Robert Menendez about the ongoing federal response to the housing crisis, the Sustainable Communities Initiative, the Occupy movement, and more.

Author Roundtable

Shelterforce authors discuss the roles of place, mobility, and displacement on health and neighborhoods.

Taking Health Into Account

By systematically assessing the health risks of development decisions upfront, health impact assessments can prevent
costly and harmful mistakes.

Foreclosing on Our Health?

In a dangerous cycle, medical bills are a common cause of foreclosure—and the stress and financial crisis of foreclosure causes an increase in serious health problems.

Housing First

The conventional approach to homelessness starts with services. But starting with permanent housing instead
costs less and works better.

Better Together

The community development and health sectors can and should work together to reduce health disparities and improve everyone’s health.