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Moving Community Development Forward

In this series, we examine the state of the community development field, the challenges and tensions it faces, and some promising approaches to this work.

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New Research Gives Different—But Complementary—Looks at the Community Development Field

Three fascinating research projects take very different approaches to learning more about the sector, but many of the storylines they are surfacing are related.

A pyramid-shaped building, mostly white but blue at the top. In front of it is a tall sign that reads "Memphis" in capital letters, with a guitar standing in for the letter I. In front of that is a trestle of brownish metal, and crossing the view diagonally are five parallel power lines.
Practitioner Voice

What Do Residents Think of Community Development Organizations?

Research explores residents’ experiences with and observations about community development organizations in four cities.

Partial view of two houses, semi-attached. The one on the left has been updated and renovated and looks shiny and new. The one on the right is dilapidated, with broken orange roof tiles, grimy and boarded-up windows, and climbing plants taking over the walls.
Opinion

In the Rush to Build, Existing Affordable Housing Is Falling Apart

With attention—and funding—focused on new housing supply over preservation and operations, even mission-driven nonprofit affordable housing managers are struggling to maintain decent conditions in older affordable housing.

Interview

Not Only Building Buildings: The Black Community Developers Group

A conversation with Leatrice Moore, executive director of Black Community Developers Group, about the need for BCDG and plans for the future.

Distant aerial view of Hollywood sign, a famous landmark in the Santa Monica Mountains, in Los Angeles, California. On both sides of the ridge, the ground is thickly settled with buildings.
Opinion

Why Don’t California’s Nonprofit Housers Embrace Social Housing?

Attachment to tax credits, which can’t provide as much housing as we need, is keeping the much-needed expertise of nonprofit developers out of conversations about alternatives.

A Black woman in blue flowered dress and dusty pink hijab speaks into several microphones. In foreground, blurry, are news cameras. The woman is part of a large group at a rally, carrying signs promoting rent stabilization and saying "Home to Stay MPLS"
Reported Article

Affordable Housing Sector Split on Rent Control

In the Twin Cities, where voters have recently supported rent control, most nonprofit housing developers have stayed silent, and some have openly lined up with the developers and landlords who oppose it.

Seven people in red T-shirts bearing a logo for CDAD are smiling as they stand in a row on the grass at an outdoor event. They're either dancing or listening to music. Behind them are lots of other people talking, playing, making music. In the background is a large white pavilion tent and off to the left, trees in leaf.
Practitioner Voice

Lessons from Detroit: Joining Forces with Resident-Led Groups

It’s been 14 years since the Community Development Advocates of Detroit opened its membership to resident-led groups. Here’s a look at what they’ve learned about working together and navigating the transition.

Shelterforce Weekly

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