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1998 Legislative Agenda

FY1999 HUD Budget "Cities have been at a competitive disadvantage with outlying counties," said HUD Secretary Andrew Cuomo in a February 2 New York Times...

Shelter Shorts

Mega-Merger Mania The increasingly rapid rate at which financial institutions are merging has prompted a challenge from a national coalition of community organizations, which is...

Connecting Community Building to Metropolitan Solutions

This issue is dedicated to one of the most important challenges facing community institutions today: how to connect their work to the metropolitan marketplace...

Power and Race in CCIs

In one-on-one interviews and group discussions, participants in community-building initiatives – including initiative managers, local project directors, researchers, technical assistance providers, other community resource...

Connecting People to Jobs:

Capitalizing on Regional Economic Development Opportunities In the fall of 1996, New Community Corporation (NCC) in Newark and the nearby Hillside Auto Mall launched an...

Growing Together:

After civil unrest shook the streets of Los Angeles in 1992, local low-income communities of color enjoyed what Andy Warhol once described as fifteen...

Shelter Shorts

Rent Decontrol  =  Rising Rents & Falling Diversity Three years after the repeal of rent regulations in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a survey of 1,000 tenants in...

Regional Coalition-Building and the Inner Suburbs

In response to growing social and economic polarization, between 1993 and 1997 Minnesota's Twin Cities jump-started a long-dormant regional debate. In three years, the...

Living Wage Lives in L.A.

It was 1996, and an economic Godzilla loomed over Los Angeles, coming to crush the city's precarious prosperity. That, at least, was the way...

St. Louis Congregations Challenge Urban Sprawl

This is God's world. We are God's people. The voices of several hundred church members – black and white, Protestant and Catholic – somewhat tentatively followed...

Hiring a Consultant

There are times in the life of almost every group when a fundraising consultant can be helpful. These times are characterized by one or...

A Brief Triumph for Progressive Housing Policy

Modern Housing for America: Policy Struggles in the New Deal Era by Gail Radford. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1996. 273 pp. Until the Depression,...

Increasing Meeting Turnout

When you have low turnout for governance structure meetings, ask the following questions: Where's the beef? If these meetings mostly consist of reports from staff or...

Regional Solutions and Community Empowerment

Signs of a thriving economy abound – a booming stock market, millions of new jobs, and the first balanced budget presented to Congress in...

Expanding the Scope of Community Development

More than four decades of suburban growth have moved demographic, political, and economic power from central cities toward their suburban counties. The change can...

Redefining Community Development

Part II: Collaborating for Change (Click here for Part 1: New Partnerships) Willie Mae Gaskin can't walk through the halls of the Warren/Conner Development Coalition (WCDC)...

Comprehensive Community Initiatives: Words Not Whacks

You've had it! You've tried your best to remain calm and reasonable in a conflict, but your last nerve has been plucked. What now? WAIT....

Preparing for Change

CBOs, particularly those involved in comprehensive community building efforts, need to do a better job of involving residents and other constituents in planning and...

Profile of a Community Builder: Kathy Brown

Profile of a Community Builder: Kathy Brown A self-described "board junkie," Kathy Brown works with no less than 11 organizations in the Germantown neighborhood of...

The Rebuilding Communities Initiative

Launched in 1993, the Annie E. Casey Foundation's (AECF) Rebuilding Communities Initiative (RCI) aims to provide the support services needed to help transform economically...