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We Must Strengthen the Labor-Housing Coalition

It's time to forge a new coalition of labor unions and housing justice activists at the national, state, and local levels.

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Community Development Field

Eminent and Notorious: Radical Urban Planner Chester Hartman (1936-2023)

An appreciation of the life and work of Chester Hartman, a radical planner in the service of a vision of social justice.

Housing

Why Bangor’s Affordable Housing Policies Won’t Address Homelessness

After the population of unhoused people in Bangor increased during the pandemic, the city put forward a series of affordable housing solutions. But the new policies may harm unhoused residents rather than help them.

HUD

AFFH: Third Time’s the Charm?

What’s the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing provision? How has it been enforced in the past? And what do fair housing advocates think of the proposed changes? Shelterforce’s new Under the Lens series—New AFFH Rules: What You Need to Know—explores that and more.

Housing

What Is NIMBYism and How Do Affordable Housing Developers Respond to It?

NIMBYism is often expressed as concerns about crime, congestion, schools, property values, and “quality of life.” But when developments are built these fears rarely come to pass.

Housing

On Housing, Democrats Sure Look Like Republicans

At one time, the Democratic Party stood for policies that successfully addressed the country’s chronic housing crisis. What changed, and why?

COVID

Moving from the Inequitable Housing System We Have to the Housing System We Need

Three big, but basic, things that we could do right now to get us much closer to equity in housing.

Policy

Say It Ain’t So, Joe: Biden’s Ill-Advised Plan to Eliminate Exclusionary Zoning

A counterintuitive argument contends that from a housing justice perspective, the Biden administration’s attack on exclusionary zoning is imprudent.

Policy

Housing Policy Needs Abolition Too

Abolition—as a mode of mobilization and social change directed at the criminal legal system and elsewhere—remains widely misunderstood.

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Community Development Field

Community Development Is Crucial in This Moment

One month ago, when I began the first draft of this article, the world was drastically different. Well before we became part of this new reality, I felt an urgency […]

a row of tiny houses in a tiny house village in Seattle, Wash.
Homelessness

Tiny Houses — Not a Big Enough Solution

Tiny houses are a step up from shelter beds, but are they also a distraction from real, obvious solutions to our homelessness epidemic?

renter rights rally
Housing

How California’s “Sleeping Giant” Woke Up and Won Statewide Rent Caps

California’s momentous statewide win for statewide rent caps is owed to organizers and the power of organizing. Now that the giant is awake, what’s next?

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Race & Place

Facing Down Segregation—Half-heartedly or With Steely Determination?

A new book explores the history, impact, and policy solutions to racial segregation.