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ARRA Adds Resources for Rural Mortgages and Persistent Poverty Counties

The American Recovery and Revitalization Act of 2009 (ARRA) included substantial funds for rural America, much of it targeted to low-income homeownership and some...

A Good Start, But Let’s Move Away From Yesterday’s Priorities

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA) provided states and metropolitan areas $26.6 billion in transportation funds that could be spent on...

A Recipe for Failure

In a large mixing bowl, stir in these ingredients: 1 cup Good Idea 3 cups Vision 2 tbl Great Site 16 oz Capital 2 pints Community Support When fully...

The Mistakes Project

This article is one of a series of papers written as part of the “Mistakes, Learning, and Adaptation” Project. In November of 2007, a...

News From Shelterforce

Over the past 30 years, you’ve come to expect vital information and in-depth analysis of important issues affecting the affordable housing and community revitalization...

News From Shelterforce

Over the past 30 years, you’ve come to expect vital information and in-depth analysis of important issues affecting the affordable housing and community revitalization...

About Oakland

Total Population: 399,477 Population of Color: 77% Poverty Rate: 19% Unemployment Rate: 8.4% Median Household Income: $40,055 Homeownership Rate: 41% Single-parent households with children under 18: 12% Homeless population, 2004: 3,056 Subsidized...

In Mississippi, the New Urbanists Take Charge

Hurricane Katrina devastated New Orleans, but it actually hit the Gulf Coast of Mississippi much harder. Several towns were literally wiped off the map,...

Local Rebuilding Efforts

Drawing on the NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Centers model, Enterprise, ECD/HOPE and NeighborWorks America started a pilot program of “Home Again” housing resource centers, which are...

The Organizers Active on the Gulf Coast

ACORN, (the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) founded in 1970, has over 175,000 member families. They are organized in 850 neighborhood chapters...

Paying for Planning

So where does the money come from for all these grandiose plans and their implementation? In a number of major U.S. cities, such as Seattle,...

Participatory Budgeting: The International and NCBG Approaches

International Approach… Uses “geographical and complementary political boundaries to facilitate decision-making and service delivery” Uses public meetings to initiate and carry out the budget process Relies upon...

Vision 20/20

Springfield, Missouri www.ci.springfield.mo.us/vision2020/index.html Springfield’s Vision 20/20 program was a community-based planning process that involved residents in decision-making processes and encouraged citizens to view referenda as a...

Small-Scale Healthy Food Options

There are many options for improving healthy food access, each with a unique set of advantages to residents and community health. Farmers’ markets (www.localharvest.org)...

Overturned

In 2001 California imposed a strict prevailing wage requirement on affordable housing developers. But that was before two studies showed the effect of prevailing...

CLU’s Mission Statement

CLU’s mission is to move strategic campaigns combining the joint power of community-based organizations and labor unions in order to protect and promote the...

Democracy at Work

Thanks to the collaborative work of many nonprofits led by the Alliance for Justice, last year’s efforts to limit funding to community-based organizations who...

Educating Consumers Against Predatory Lending

In October 2001, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition established the National Anti-Predatory Lending Consumer Rescue Fund (CRF) to help victims of predatory lenders. CRF...

Promoting Consumer Education Policy

Several institutions across the country are working to promote policies that will expand consumer education and financial literacy opportunities for low-income people. Predatory lending...

One Year Later

Numerous groups, from grassroots organizations to national researchers have been following the progress, or lack thereof, in rebuilding the Gulf Coast region post-Katrina. These...