Public Housing: What Went Wrong?

Public Housing: What Went Wrong? The best-kept secret about public housing  is that most of it actually provides decent, affordable housing to many people. Properly run, it remains one of the best options for housing the poor. There are 1.3 million public housing apartments and about 800,000 families on the waiting lists of the nation’s […]

Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing

Joseph Shuldiner Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing Prior to coming to HUD, Joseph Shuldiner was executive director of the Los Angeles Housing Authority (1990-93) and before that was general manager of the New York City Housing Authority. Reportedly, Shuldiner is the first person ever at the head of the nation’s public housing program […]

ACORN Organizes Public Housing Residents

As the ACORN Tenant Union comes near to completing its first full year of organizing public housing residents, with 150 developments organized representing some 38,000 public housing tenants across the country, we were more than a little interested to hear about Joe Shuldiner’s comments in a Shelterforce interview. “I don’t agree that you have to […]

In This Issue

Joe Shuldiner has a very big job on his hands. As HUD Assistant Secretary for Public and Indian Housing, Shuldiner shares responsibility with over three thousand local housing authorities for the well-being of more than 800,000 families and the disposition of over 1.3 million housing units. While many of these units provide decent and safe […]

Shelter Shorts

Rent Control Under Siege By the time you read this, rent control ordinances throughout Massachusetts will have been saved or abolished depending on the result of a statewide referendum that appeared on the November 8th ballot. If Mass. voters approved Question 9,  local rent control laws and rent grievance procedures will be abolished and unrestricted […]

Recommended Reading

Deals From Hell: How Creative Nonprofits Pull Off Affordable Multifamily Housing with ONLY 11 Funders. Recently, the Community Information Exchange conducted a project that examined the methods used by nonprofit developers of multifamily housing to finance their projects. The methods, they found, are “complex, piecemeal and labor-intensive.” The results, though they do produce affordable housing, […]

NHI Activities

The past few months at NHI has been busy and productive. On November 16th, the National Housing Institute will host a conference entitled Saving Affordable Housing: A Critical Examination of Successful Models. Jointly sponsored by Rutgers University, the conference will bring together experts and activists who have been involved in saving affordable housing from around […]

Washington News and Views

From the National Community Reinvestment Coalition Second CRA Rule Released for Comment Fair lending groups across the country are reacting to a proposed Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) regulation recently released for comment by the four federal banking regulators. Reform of the CRA, a 1977 law requiring banks to meet the credit needs of low-income and […]