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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.

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Policy

Supreme Court Decision: Good for Homeowners, Bad for Land Banks?

A SCOTUS ruling that protects a homeowner’s equity may end up benefiting speculators and hurting land banks.

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Policy

Federal and State Dollars Could Be Used to Force Change in Exclusionary Towns

Strict zoning policies keep housing unaffordable. But there are strategies governments can implement to change exclusionary housing policies and promote the construction of more affordable housing.

A rendering of what Port Covington would look like once the decades-long project is completed.
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Which Community Benefits Agreements Really Delivered?

Are the neighborhoods impacted by large development getting the jobs and affordable housing they were promised? Shelterforce looks back at several cities where community benefits agreements were won to find out where those agreements now stand.

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.

Housing

Banking on Neighborhood Stabilization

Even the most sophisticated private and nonprofit partnerships for dealing with vacant property will end up with some properties that don’t pencil out. Land banks can step in to keep those properties from dragging down revitalization efforts.

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Community Development: A Love Story

Film director Michael Moore is launching the State Theatre/Michigan Downtowns Project, which aims to promote nonprofit movie theaters as vehicles for revitalizing Michigan towns.

Communities

Community Development: A Love Story

Film director Michael Moore will use a $1 million film tax credit he received for his film “Capitalism: A Love Story” to launch the State Theatre/Michigan Downtowns Project, which aims […]

Housing

Taking Foreclosures to Task

All across the country, local governments, CDCs, community groups, and housing counselors are coming together to address the foreclosure crisis.

Housing

Ann Arbor Tenants Union

For 27 years, the Ann Arbor Tenants Union has worked to put tenants in power and keep landlords on their toes by counseling, educating, and organizing.