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The Seven Basic Principles of Universal Design

Equitable. Useful to people with all sorts of abilities. Provides the same means of use for all; does not segregate any user; makes the...

Universal Design Gets Attention

As more Americans choose to “age in place,” the demand for universal design homes and products is likely to increase. Both AARP, with its...

Why Merge?

Since its inception in the late 1960s, the community development corporation (CDC) industry has grown dramatically, totalling 4,600 CDCs in 2005, according to a...

A Surprising Payoff in California

Inclusionary housing (also called inclusionary zoning) is gaining popularity in California. It requires for-profit developers to build a percentage of affordable housing in all...

Inclusionary Zoning: National Context and Impact

Inclusionary zoning (IZ) requires that a percentage of housing units in new residential developments be rented or sold for prices that are affordable to...

Building Political Will

A Shelterforce Q&A with Irvine Mayor Beth KromShelterforce: In an environment of competing needs, such as education, safety and parks, how do you prioritize...

A Win-Win Formula

A community land trust (CLT) is a nonprofit organization formed to hold title to land to preserve its long-term availability for affordable housing or...

State Laws that Foster Resident Ownership

To secure the benefits of resident ownership for mobile-home park residents, it is important for states to enact laws giving residents the opportunity to...

Rewarding Bad Behavior

New Century Financial, the former subprime-lending giant that filed for bankruptcy in April 2007, won permission in May to pay 116 executives and top...

Snapshots of Some Initiative Successes

A mother of two young children, Maria started babysitting to supplement her family’s income. Even though she worked hard, she barely made any money...

What’s Rural?

Definitions of “rural,” especially as devised to determine eligibility benefits for federal programs, can make anyone dizzy. Rural advocates take issue with the Office...