HUD Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development

Andrew Cuomo HUD Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development Andrew Cuomo, HUD Assistant Secretary for Community Planning and Development, served as founder and president of H.E.L.P., the nation’s largest provider of transitional housing for the homeless. He chaired NYC Mayor David Dinkins’ Commission on the Homeless, served as Assistant District Attorney in Manhattan, managed […]

Energy and Low-Income Housing: Part I

Energy Policy Hurts The Poor Energy costs are one major, if not the major, operating cost to many low-income households. More than one million households in 47 states and the District of Columbia with incomes less than $46,000 would pay over 30 percent of their income for winter heating if it were not for federal […]

Energy and Low-Income Housing: Part II

In the past, members of the community development movement have had little to do with anything that smacks of environmentalism. Conversely, members of the mainstream American environmental movement have shown no particular interest in issues of social justice, economic development and community empowerment. This separation between the two movements has given rise to some very […]

Effective Community Development

Vision and capacity have become virtual buzzwords in the nonprofit field. What do they really mean to a community development organization? What characterizes an effective CDO? The criteria used to define an “effective” community development organization may differ markedly from observer to observer. Many organizations gauge their success in largely quantitative terms – the number […]

Getting the Most From Technical Assistance

Technical assistance provides more than a set of skills. It provides a framework upon which community development organizations can analyze their needs, assess their strengths and weaknesses, plan, grow and help their communities to prosper. The Community Training and Assistance Center (CTAC) is a nonprofit organization devoted to developing vision, leadership, planning and managerial expertise […]

Shelter Shorts

California tenants save rent control with major grassroots effort In a major, hard-won victory for tenants, the Senate Judiciary Committee defeated AB 1320 (Costa), the primary rent control preemption bill of the year, only to see it resurrected a month later. Landlords and developers view 1994 as their best chance to enact a preemption bill, […]

Citizen Participation, Neighborhood Planning And Empowerment Of The Poor

The Rebirth of Urban Democracy by Jeffrey M. Berry, Kent E. Portney and Ken Thomson. 1993. Washington, DC The Brookings Institution. 326 pp. Cloth $36.95. Paperback $16.95. Streets of Hope: The Fall and Rise of an Urban Neighborhood by Peter Medoff and Holly Sklar. 1994. Boston, MA  South End Press. 336 pp. Cloth $40.00. Paperback […]

Washington News and Views

From the Center for Community Change HUD Announces Field Hearings On Discrimination In Property Insurance U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) is issuing a Fair Housing Act regulation aimed at eliminating redlining and other forms of discrimination in property insurance. In order to generate the support needed to get a meaningful resolution through […]