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A Catalyst for Change in Oakland: Annette Miller

Community organizer Annette Miller has turned personal tragedy into a force for good. This video is part of Shelterforce’s Women of Color on the Front Lines series.

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Interview

Community-Police Partnerships After George Floyd

An interview with Mona Mangat, vice president of safety and justice initiatives at LISC. We talked with Mona Mangat, vice president of safety and justice initiatives at LISC,

Neighborhood Change

Can We Curb Crime by Cleaning the Corner?

As communities discuss reeling in their police departments, Flint, Michigan and Binghamton, New York have turned to another tool to reduce crime.

Dozens of young people, mostly Black, gather with Capitol Hill in the background, holding signs that read "Black Lives Matter." Two stand in the middle with arms upraised as if speaking to the crowd.
Opinion

Community Organizations Have to Talk About Police Violence Directly

It’s easy to quickly refocus the conversation around police violence on the problems our organizations are already set up to fix—here’s why we shouldn’t.

Housing

Can Housing Interventions Reduce Incarceration and Recidivism?

The dual challenge of reducing housing instability and incarceration rates is no easy feat. But there are promising strategies available that could help alleviate the complex problems.

Nine African-American women stand in a park with their fists raised.
Health

Walking Warriors

When it comes to neighborhood-based health activity interventions, how they are carried out is often as important as what is offered.

A group of activists and community-based partners in Philadelphia discuss how to deal with a Mantua neighborhood hotspot and possibly solve the problem through a process called “crime prevention through environmental design.”
Interview

Roundtable: Policing and Community Development

Many people in the community development field are conflicted about the police presence where they work. We invited a group of practitioners to share their experiences and talk through this tension.

A street is covered with flowers and photos of Heather Heyer, as people look on the background
Equity

Terrorism in Charlottesville — And Possibly Your Town Next

The Trump-era increase widespread racial terror, as was on display in Charlottesville, is going to affect community developers’ work at least as much as as his legislative and funding agenda.

One-pager reads Do Section 8 voucher holders increase crime in a neighborhood? No! Shows two graphs illustrating the point. Image links to pdf version.
Explainers

Q: Do Section 8 Voucher Holders Increase Crime in a Neighborhood?

A: No! This is a perennial fear, but research shows that additional voucher holders don’t change the crime rate at all. However it does show that . . .

a street sign saying a neighborhood watch program is in force
Opinion

Collective Empowerment or an Invitation to Vigilantes?

Jeremy Liu’s post on combining “proactive” and “protective” services to both give people a greater sense of agency and help control costs for municipal budgets was an opening to discuss […]

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Opinion

Can Community Development Solve the Municipal Budget Crisis?

Oakland, Calif., like many cities, is beginning an annual or biennial budget process and coming to terms with the stark realities of structural problems with its municipal budget. An overwhelming […]

Communities

Employment as Crime Prevention

With the hottest, often most violent, month of summer still to come, Chicago has logged record numbers of killings of public school students this year, with at least 30 teens […]

Neighborhood Change

Defensible Space

In the Five Oaks community of Dayton, Ohio, during 1991, violent crimes increased by 77 percent, robberies by 77 percent, vandalism by 38 percent, and overall crime by 16 percent. […]