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What Is Community Development?

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 Past, Present, and Future of Community Development

The changing face of achieving equity in health, education, and housing in the United States.

Community Development Corporations at a Crossroads

For nearly half a century, community development corporations (CDCs) have been a tool of choice for organizing and implementing grassroots economic development programs. Emerging...

The Regional/Local Dance

Q & A with Kimberley Burnett

Scale, Schmale. What About Impact?

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...

What Mumbai’s Slums Do Right, And Why We Should Emulate Them

Sometimes to understand our own cities and community development practices it is helpful to understand a radically different setting. In the slums of Mumbai...

Neighborhoods or Regions? A Trick Question

There is a narrative out there about how much of community development has lost its soul — community development has become too much about...

Juntos Somos Más: Collectively Building Local Assets

National organizations adapting to meet the needs of growing minority populations should throw their funding behind well-established grassroots

The Changing Model of CDCs

Staying relevant in a changing economy will push CDCs to place importance on green initiatives, sustainability, and out-of-the box funding methods.

CDCs Adapt to the New Normal

CDCs and their support organizations consider what it takes to weather the recession—from business model changes to different funding streams to mergers.

Growing a Stronger Nonprofit Housing Sector

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.

Stuck in the Middle

What do community development intermediaries do these days, and why do we need them?

The Value of the Local Touch

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...

Immigration and Community Development Corporations

How do CDCs transform—or not—along with the communities they serve?

Can Successful Community Development Be Anything But Comprehensive?

To truly help a neighborhood you need a lead agency to organize, plan, and coordinate many actors.

Coming Together…And Staying Together

Lessons from three decades of state CDC network formation.

Why Is Housing Development So Central to CDCs?

We asked our readers why they thought housing development had become so central to community development. While over three-quarters responded that it’s because it...

Restoring Confidence in the CDC Model

Have we lost faith in our friends? Results driven standards killed a system meant to help in ways beyond the quantifiable. We need trust to revive the model.

Many Goals, One Field

What is a CDC? Many a meeting among those in the field has descended into argument about what is inside and outside the line....

Living in the Buffer

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.