A. No. No. No. Are 56 studies enough no for you?
Preventing the development of new affordable housing in close proximity to freeways isn’t a just solution to the health effects of LA’s air pollution.
What is a CDC? Many a meeting among those in the field has descended into argument about what is inside and outside the line. It was inevitable that in designing a focus issue on the “CDC model” that we would be asked to examine that question as well. After all, if we’re going to have […]
Investing in What Works for America’s Communities, edited by Nancy O. Andrews and David J. Erickson. Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and Low Income Investment Fund, 2012, 419 pp. Free ebook.
Over the following pages, our authors explore many aspects of the community development field, and especially the role of community development corporations in it. But we know you have opinions too. To set the stage, last year we invited our readers to take a survey about how they understood the community development field and community development corporations. The survey was promoted through our weekly newsletter and social media. We got about a hundred responses.
The changing face of achieving equity in health, education, and housing in the United States.
For nearly half a century, community development corporations (CDCs) have been a tool of choice for organizing and implementing grassroots economic development programs. Emerging in the aftermath of the civil rights movement, CDCs represented a more human scale approach to redevelopment of neglected, mostly minority, inner-city neighborhoods than the “urban redevelopment” programs they replaced. By […]
Q & A with Kimberley Burnett
If you think what’s wrong with CDCs today is their failure to “go to scale,” you are looking in the fundamentally wrong direction, asking the wrong questions. While I do believe it’s essential for CDCs to be well capitalized and capable of transacting real estate business to be effective, I also believe that a CDC’s […]
Sometimes to understand our own cities and community development practices it is helpful to understand a radically different setting. In the slums of Mumbai one thing is immediately evident: the Indian understanding of “slum” and the American one are radically different. Unlike the hyperghettos of the United States — spaces that are depopulated, run down, […]
There is a narrative out there about how much of community development has lost its soul — community development has become too much about Development and not enough about Community, too concerned with efficient production of affordable housing and not concerned enough about social change, not engaged enough in creating a more caring, more connected, […]
National organizations adapting to meet the needs of growing minority populations should throw their funding behind well-established grassroots
Staying relevant in a changing economy will push CDCs to place importance on green initiatives, sustainability, and out-of-the box funding methods.
CDCs and their support organizations consider what it takes to weather the recession—from business model changes to different funding streams to mergers.
High-capacity nonprofit housing enterprises that can achieve efficiencies of scale have an important role to play in addressing the affordable housing crisis and policy makers should help them do so.
What do community development intermediaries do these days, and why do we need them?
Last November, we surveyed readers about what they thought the rise of high-capacity nonprofit housing developers meant for neighborhood-based community developers that use real estate as a tool in their work. Specifically we asked if these groups should be leaving housing development to the bigger guys and taking on other types of projects. We found […]
How do CDCs transform—or not—along with the communities they serve?
To truly help a neighborhood you need a lead agency to organize, plan, and coordinate many actors.
Lessons from three decades of state CDC network formation.