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What LA’s New Shelter Program Can Learn from Statewide Efforts

As LA’s Inside Safe program works to transition unhoused Angelenos from hotels into permanent housing, its leaders should look to California’s Project Roomkey for lessons.

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Community Development Field

‘Gentrification’ Is Not the Real Problem

The conversation about gentrification continually repackages a set of debunked theories as reality and it obscures a set of real crises that need fixing.

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Housing

Creating Moves to Opportunity in Seattle-King County

Starting in 2017, researchers at Opportunity Insights and several other universities partnered with the Seattle and King County housing authorities, J-PAL North America, and MDRC to evaluate a housing mobility […]

Equity

Why Opportunity Neighborhoods Aren’t Really for Everyone

Families living in opportunity neighborhoods are seen as actively translating opportunity into real benefits through their actions. But, of course, this is not what really happens.

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Communities

Shelter Shorts, The Week in Community Development—Dec. 14

News from—and affecting—the community development world. This week: Corporate tax breaks at schools expense, social services shame, power grabs post-midterms, hospitals and communities, NYC residents speak out about Amazon, more.

Pine Point Apartments in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, is a 67-unit unrestricted property that is improving access to opportunity for low-income families.
Housing

Getting Affordable Housing Near Good Schools

A new housing acquisition model is focusing on a specific criteria to increase access to opportunity for very low-income families.

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Equity

Housing Policy Key to Freddie Gray’s Baltimore–and the City’s Future

“What happens to a dream deferred?” asked Harlem Renaissance poet Langston Hughes. “Maybe it just sags like a heavy load,” he opined. “Or does it explode?” We saw the answer […]

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Health

Keeping Seniors Healthy by Fostering Connections and Community

For high needs seniors with chronic illnesses, health is not merely—or even mostly—a matter for medical professionals.

Housing

Transportation and Fair Housing Part 1: We Need a Better Measure of Opportunity

Factoring in costs that tend to be lower in urban high-poverty neighborhoods, but not costs that tend to be higher there makes the H+T Index unsuitable as a tool for locating low-income housing.

Housing

Transportation and Fair Housing Part 2: Consider Transportation Cost to Make Fair Housing Practical

The H+T Index should be used to site affordable housing, because it can identify which high-opportunity areas also are truly affordable in terms of transportation costs.

Neighborhood Change

Gentrification and Resistance in New York City

For low-income tenants, the experience of gentrification is not a boost. It is the daily threat of displacement – for themselves, their families and their communities.

Community Development Field

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 be seen in the spatial segmentation […]

Community Development Field

No Vacancy! Moving to Opportunity in Baltimore’s suburbs

Moving to Opportunity, an integration program helping poor Black public housing residents move to the suburbs, created a white political backlash that limited the national program.