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CLTs and Lease Purchase

A community land trust like Albany’s or City of Lakes CLT, retains ownership of the land under a house, which gives it an interest...

Shel Trapp, Organizer, NPA Founder, Dies at 75

Shel Trapp, along with NPA co-founder Gale Cincotta, was central to the passage of HMDA in 1975, as well as to the passage of...

The Disproportionate Impact of Foreclosures

Communities of color have always lagged far behind in homeownership, and foreclosures are making the situation worse. During the heyday of the subprime lending...

How to Overcome the Current Limitations in Theory and Practice

Our forthcoming book, Contesting Community, outlines several propositions in the closing chapter that have been put in place in various ways by the organizations...

Best Practices for Volunteerism

While this article focuses on volunteerism within community development organizations, there are some basic practices that any volunteer effort should utilize. These include:Clarify your...

Despite Missing Out On NSP2, There’s Still Much Work To Do...

Civic leaders and planners in the south and west Chicago suburbs were disappointed to learn that the regional collaborative proposals submitted by the Chicago...

Achieving Effective Work

For groups with a local base, including faith-based networks, National People’s Action, and ACORN, effective national work exhibits these features:Deep local experience on the...

NSP Funding For CLTs Around the Country

Delaware Diamond State CLT (DSCLT) is a partner with Kent, New Castle, and Sussex counties, as well as the cities of Dover and Wilmington, in...

HUD’s New Team

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development under the Obama administration is equipped with an impressive list of housing experts at the top....

Ten Ways that CDCs Must Innovate

CDCs need to more effectively balance money and mission to ensure long-term financial viability. CDCs need to develop and implement strategies that respond strategically to...

Green Shoots of Innovation

When the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) passed earlier this year, I wrote that it had the potential to be the...

How Will We Leverage Stimulus Dollars?

While it’s probably too early to accurately measure the impact or effectiveness of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, commonly known as “the stimulus,”...

Getting to the Root of the Problem

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has aroused our lethargic economy, but has it addressed the core issues that created this economic crisis? The...

NSP: An Emphasis on Neighborhood

Neighborhoods across the United States have been devastated by the impact of foreclosures and are struggling to stay afloat. The U.S. Department of Housing...

A Tale of Conflicting Circumstance

The next few years promise to feature both the best of times and worst of times for affordable housing finance and those who practice or are somehow affected by affordable housing and community development.

Stimulus Funds Can Transform Homeless Assistance

We face the most challenging economic climate and the most promising opportunity for dramatic improvements to homeless assistance in a generation. Through the American...

Thanks

As you know, this past year has been a difficult one for most nonprofits. NHI is no exception. We are grateful for the support...

One Family, one Community at a Time

Congress approved more than $787 billion this year to stimulate the faltering U.S. economy and assist families hammered by the economic downturn. The appropriation,...

Making The Stimulus Work For You

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was enacted at lightning speed under intense political pressure. Substantively, it was a hodgepodge of programs and initiatives...

A Foundation for Progress

A question I often hear is “How does the stimulus affect your work?” And while I can provide varying answers depending on the state...