ARTICLES IN SHELTERFORCE since jan 08
- Making the Right Connections
A health center in New Orleans has partnered with a legal services agency to better help patients by addressing the social determinants of health. This “medical-legal partnership” is part of a growing trend that’s taking place across the nation.
- A Shelterforce Roundtable on Regulation and Housing Supply: Where the Left and Right Agree (Sort Of)
Last year, the American Enterprise Institute (AEI)—a right-leaning libertarian think-tank—issued a report on how to encourage more development of affordable housing. One of the paper’s authors is a longtime Shelterforce reader, and he forwarded the report to us with a note that started: “While you probably are not a fan of the American Enterprise Institute, I expect you’ll find this paper interesting.” He was right on both counts.
The question of regulation and permitting of development is one that crosses usual political lines. In the current political climate, we should be very clear that regulation is not inherently bad, and many regulations have been responsible for our country having breathable air, drinkable water (in some places), and basic levels of safety and equal opportunity. But regulation is also not inherently good—Shelterforce readers are well aware of the effects of redlining and exclusionary zoning, for example.
We gathered some people who have done a lot of thinking and studying of these issues (including Charles Wilkins, the co-author of the aforementioned report) to discuss what it might look like to actually remove obstacles that get in the way of developing less expensive housing options responsibly. What’s possible? What are the trade-offs?
Joining us were Ingrid Gould Ellen of the Furman Center at New York University; Jamaal Green of Portland State University; Rosanne Haggerty of Community Solutions; Rick Jacobus of Street Level Advisors; Greg Maher of the Leviticus Alternative Fund; Alan Mallach of the Center for Community Progress and a National Housing Institute senior fellow; and Charles Wilkins, a consultant and co-author of the AEI paper.
- Community Organizing: Integrating a Woman’s Approach
“In closed or structured societies, it is the marginal or ‘inferior’ person . . . who often comes to symbolize . . . ‘communitas.’” —Victor Turner
- Interview, Rinku Sen, president and executive director of Race Forward & publisher of Colorlines.com
In those exhausting and frightening days right after the election in November, I had the good fortune to catch Rinku Sen for a few minutes at the end of a long day of her organization’s biannual Facing Race conference. Though she must have been running on next to no sleep by that point, Sen was insightful, earnest, and eager to talk about the road ahead.
- Looking at Places Through Artists’ Eyes
How an Alaskan housing authority plans to focus on creative placemaking as a development strategy to better reflect the communities it serves.
- An Appetite for Art in Small Town Minnesota
In rapidly diversifying rural Minnesota, an ArtPlace grant is seen as a resource for celebrating cultures and creating bridges between them.
- A Resource for Well-Meaning Landlords
The Good Landlord: A Guide to Making a Profit While Making a Difference
By Peter Gilman Shapiro. The Good Landlord Publishing, 2016, 284 pp., $19.95 (paperback); $8.99 (Kindle)
Purchase a copy here.
- Bringing Together Arts and Community Development
Who has been behind the large increase in financial support for and attention to what has been termed “creative placemaking” over the past couple years, and why?
- Preserving the Character of Little Tokyo
In the wake of rapid gentrification, an organization in Los Angeles leverages the arts to celebrate a community’s rich heritage and keep social equity as a priority.
- Keeping Your Artists Close to Home
New Orleans relies on its artists as a core part of its economy. What can be done when those artists can no longer afford to call the city home?
- Q: Is scattered-site rehab always more expensive than new construction?
- Creating Miles of Art in the Mile High City
How a Denver organization intends to create a 9-mile art-, health-, and heritage-themed bike and pedestrian trail that will feature authentic cultural expression.
- Affordable Housing and . . . a Museum
For over 30 years, Broadway Housing Communities has developed its own formula for meeting the housing needs of West Harlem’s lowest-income residents. One of its unorthodox ingredients has been art galleries, and now, there’s a children’s museum in its newest building.
- A Tale of Two Murals
Having had the experience of public art with no public involvement, a community organization set out to show there could be another way.
- Working with Local Artists
In response to an influx of high-profile street art, one Brooklyn community development organization decided to invest in homegrown art and artists, and learn how to support them.
- Poetry on the Panel
Attendees at the 2015 PolicyLink Equity Summit experienced something unexpected when they walked into many of the panels and workshops—a poetry performance.
- Poem: “Tires Stacked in the Hallways of Civilization”
- Poem: “What Must Be Done”
- Flipping the Script
A nonprofit forgoes the typical community meeting for a “living charrette,” which leads to greater neighborhood feedback about a proposed 24-acre development.
- Art Just Became Even More Essential
- Exploring Foreclosure Through Art
In Minneapolis and Boston, artists help explore the losses (and gains) of foreclosure with work that supports advocacy and community building.
- Poem: “This Yes”
- Interview with Rip Rapson, president and CEO of the Kresge Foundation
Rip Rapson is the quintessential mid-westerner: quiet, modest, the last person in the world to toot his own horn. But if you look at what he’s accomplished and the insight he brings to his current work, you’ll get a much better picture of who he is and the challenging, important work he spearheads at the Kresge Foundation.
A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to speak with him, trace his experiences and the projects he conceived or championed over the years (some of which we’ve written about, but, not surprisingly, without his name attached to them) and drill into the opportunities and difficulties faced by a large philanthropic organization as it works to integrate its grant making interests with the way real communities operate—as dynamic entities with systems that fully integrate, even if they do so in a seriously dysfunctional way.
One interest Kresge has is in arts and culture, and we spent some extra time talking with him about the importance and role of arts and culture in community health and development.
- New Lenses on Economic Development
- Making a Success of Local Hire
Local hire policies are among the strongest strategies for bringing good job opportunities to disadvantaged communities—but adding more provisions to specifically target those with the most barriers to employment can make local hiring practices even more effective.
- Why Your Community Should Kick the Subsidy Habit
Corporate incentives won’t help communities thrive, even distressed ones. But nurturing local businesses will save municipalities money and promote the growth of income, wealth, and jobs.
- In the World of Community Wealth-Building, Ownership Has Its Privileges
What local government can do to support new, more inclusive economic models.
- Who Will Benefit from Port Covington?
Advocates, city leaders, and Under Armour’s real estate arm negotiate a $660 million tax deal and a vision for economic development in Baltimore.
- Making Community Benefits Agreements Count
CBAs can be extremely difficult to implement and enforce, which is why a detailed agreement in the early stages of the community-developer relationship is so important.
- Connecting Companies to Business
A Chicago organization is bringing together local businesses and large institutions to promote economic growth.
- Using Business as a Force For Good
B Corps are for-profit businesses that focus strongly on their social and environmental impact. The movement has grown to 1,800-plus worldwide and now cities, economic authorities, and activists are trying to attract more of these mission-driven and worker-friendly companies to help spur economic growth.
- Continuing the Dream
Arc of Justice, directed and produced by Helen S. Cohen and Mark Lipman.
Open Studio Productions, 2016, 22 minutes. Price varies for home and institutional use.
Purchase the DVD at nhi.org/go/84444
- Keeping Everyone Afloat: Is Universal Basic Income the Answer?
Advocates and organizers who deal with the needs of the poor often say it’s not really a housing/food/training issue, it’s an income issue. So what would happen if we just addressed income?
- A New Way to Finance Equitable Economic Development?
Big companies discovered the long-stagnant Immigrant Investor Program EB-5 after the 2008 financial crisis. Can community developers bend the program toward their goals too?
- Interview: Michael Rubinger, former CEO of the Local Initiatives Support Corporation
LISC, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation, is one of the central community development intermediaries, financing and supporting community development work for decades. Michael Rubinger was there at LISC’s founding. And from 1999 to June 2016, he headed the organization, steering it most recently on a path toward comprehensive community development rather than just housing work. In a video marking his retirement, colleagues spoke of Michael as someone who remained intensely engaged with community organizations and their work, even after so many years overseeing a much bigger picture. We’ve known Michael since he became the CEO of LISC as a dedicated, persistent, pragmatic leader who encourages new thinking and finds ways to mine the promise of older ideas. And he’s got a pretty sharp sense of humor. Just before Michael left LISC, Shelterforce spoke with him to get his thoughts on the field he devoted his life’s work to.
- Q: Do economic development incentives support small businesses?
- Think Scattered Site Rehab Is Too Expensive? Think Again.
Vacant properties are so persistent in part because it’s too expensive to do anything with them. At least that’s the assumption. It’s much simpler, goes this reasoning, and more cost-effective, to construct and manage a new multifamily building than to try to rehab and manage single-family homes spread over a wide area. But what if that’s just not true?
- In Pursuit of Financial Well-Being: A Conversation on Fairness, Accessibility, and Empowerment
In a world of growing financial complexity, predatory products, stagnating wages, and escalating inequality, financial insecurity is a dramatic problem. To kick off our focus on this topic, we gathered a group of leaders who are combating financial insecurity by both working with individuals and changing systems for a conversation on how it all relates and how to balance the big picture and the household-level work.
Taking part in this conversation with Shelterforce editor Miriam Axel-Lute and NHI executive director Harold Simon, were Holly Frindell, senior program manager, National Association of Latino Community Asset Builders; Andrea Levere, president, CFED; Andrea Luquetta-Kern, director of policy and research, California Reinvestment Coalition; Ann Solomon, strategic initiatives manager, Federation of Community Development Credit Unions; and Woody Widrow, executive director, RAISE Texas and NHI board member.
- Is Financial Unsteadiness the New Normal?
A yearlong analysis of 200-plus households suggests that we should add a third leg to the financial security stool along with income and assets—cash flow.
- The Ripple Effects of Income Volatility
Research shows a connection between the financial instability of families and the economic health of communities.
- Fight for Full Time
Unpredictable hours lead to unpredictable cash flow, which is a barrier to budgeting and saving. One response to this—the Opportunity to Work Initiative—would require that San Jose employers give more hours to part-time employees before hiring new staff.
- Challenging the Almighty Credit Score
A majority of mainstream lenders base loan approvals on a hotly debated three-digit score. Are there better, fairer ways to assess risk?
- Being “Well,” Financially
- Well Worth the Read
What It’s Worth— Strengthening the Financial Future of Families, Communities and the Nation.
Edited by Laura Choi, David Erickson, Kate Griffin, Andrea Levere, and Ellen Seidman. The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco/CFED, 2015, 393 pp., Free.
Download a copy at nhi.org/go/77173
- Getting New Jersey to Divest from Payday Lending
NJ Citizen Action says having a state pension fund invested—even indirectly—in a form of lending illegal in the state cannot stand.
- Q: Why don’t low-income families save?
- College Bound
Children’s savings accounts for higher education, even those that have accumulated only small amounts of money, can change expectations for low-income students—and they might also provide a vehicle for larger wealth transfers.
- Financial Inclusion Begins With Our Tax Code
Changes to tax programs that support low-wage earners will strengthen gains made in the asset-building field.
- Why Financial Education Should Get Political
Financial curricula for low-income households often focus on personal choices about budgeting and saving—but if they don’t also address systemic problems, exploitation, and discrimination, they aren’t speaking to their audience’s reality.
- The Catalyzing Power of Art
Art can be an economic engine for neighborhoods—but sometimes locally-based artists need some support to kick their “businesses” into gear, and community-based organizations are stepping up.
- Interview: Sheila Crowley, Past President of the National Low Income Housing Coalition
When word came that Sheila Crowley was intending to step down from her longtime role at the head of the National Low Income Housing Coalition, we knew immediately that we wanted to do an exit interview with her. Crowley has led the organization through dramatic times, keeping a focus on those with the most pressing housing need when many wanted to just talk homeownership, staying the course with the National Housing Trust Fund, and modeling how to do national advocacy that leads with the voices of those directly affected. Shortly before Crowley’s actual departure, we spoke with her about how she got where she is, the state of the field, and what’s coming next.
- Getting Beyond the Developer Fee
In tough financial times, community developers are hanging on to their developer fees despite competition, but many are also diversifying their programs and revenue streams.
- Housing Authority Eliminates Ban of Ex-Offenders
With the approval of new background check procedures, a criminal conviction won’t automatically disqualify a person from receiving public housing or voucher assistance in New Orleans.
- An Artist’s Way of Seeing: Community Engagement in Creative Placemaking
How are artists converting the power and creativity of art into community-led change?
- The Challenges of Economic Integration
Is it more important to have mixed-income buildings, or to give more people access to mixed-income neighborhoods?
- Making Mixed-Income Developments Work
A single development with an intentional income mix involves very specific challenges—both in its design and its management.
- Can San Francisco Get Mixed-Income Public Housing Redevelopment Right?
The HOPE SF program is aiming to explicitly avoid many of the problems mixed-income public housing redevelopments have faced, to create a truly inclusive process.
- Addressing Social Segregation in Mixed-Income Communities
Living next to each other does not necessarily mean getting to know each other. But it could.
- Don’t Build Mixed-Income Communities, Buy Them
Building when you could buy is inefficient—and contributes to economic segregation.
- Build Mixed-Income Housing–But Not in Isolation
A focus on housing connected to education and wellness will be needed to break the cycle of intergenerational poverty.
- Bigger Forces at Play
Mixed-income housing alone won’t solve economic segregation.
- “Inclusive Communities” Are Inadequate for the World’s Housing Crises
Mixed-income housing policies are essentially “trickle-down” affordable housing.
- Integrating Whitman
A long-forgotten battle over a set of row houses in South Philadelphia makes current day NIMBYism look tame. What can housing advocates learn about how they finally got built anyway?
- A Voyeur’s View
Deep South: Four Seasons on Back Roads by Paul Theroux, Eamon Dolan/Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, 2015, 441 pp. Purchase at nhi.org/go/56968
- Q: What’s the difference between community economic development…
- Mixing It Up
- A New Way to Do Affirmative Action?
Place, Not Race: A New Vision of Opportunity in America. by Sheryll Cashin. Beacon Press, 2014, 176 pp. $18 (paper). Purchase at nhi.org/go/33629
- Voices From the Field: Mixed Income
Do we need more mixed-income housing? Why or why not? The following data and observations were collected via a survey we conducted from late January through mid-February, distributed via Shelterforce Weekly and social media. Add your own thoughts in the comments below.
- Community Building Despite Trauma
The trauma caused by poverty and the systems that reinforce it can short-circuit standard efforts to build community. A new method called “trauma-informed community building” aims to change that.
- The Next Boom for Worker Co-ops?
Baby boomers are the largest percentage of business owners, and they’re headed toward retirement. The worker cooperative movement wants to keep the jobs they’ve created from disappearing.
- Exclusive: Interview, Chester Hartman, Poverty & Race Research Action Council
Chester Hartman was the first executive director of the Poverty & Race Research Action Council, and has been a leader in housing equity work for decades. His keen intellect and deep convictions, coupled with his writing, advocacy, scholarship, and leadership, have had a major effect on the field. Shelterforce is honored to have worked with him for many years as a member of our editorial board. His contributions to fair housing are extensive, and we’re sure those contributions will continue into his retirement. Right after his retirement from PRRAC as its director of research, Shelterforce had the opportunity to chat with him about his life, work, retirement, and hopes for the future.
- Government-Funded Organizing?
Public funding for community organizing would strengthen our democracy and relegitmize a beleaguered public sector. It’s time to stop writing off the idea.
- Why We Must Build
We can’t build our way out of the housing crisis . . . but we won’t get out without building.
- New Jersey Divests from Payday Lending
Advocates in New Jersey mobilize to make a state pension fund put its money where its state regulations are.
- Q: Isn’t the foreclosure crisis over?
- Shelterforce Exclusive: Interview with HUD Secretary Julián Castro
In September 2015, on the 50th anniversary of President Lyndon Johnson’s signing of the bill that created HUD, Julián Castro, the agency’s 16th secretary, spoke at the University of Texas. In his speech he noted how the agency was formed partially in response to the Watts Rebellion in Los Angeles a month prior, situating the agency’s mission firmly in a social justice context, and he praised President Johnson as someone who believed in the potential for government to be a force for good. On September 3rd, Shelterforce got a chance to speak with Secretary Castro about some of the current ways in which he’s working to make HUD a force for good in people’s lives, and what steps there are left to be taken.
- The Charter School Lenders
Despite the controversy surrounding them, charter schools have become a major segment of the CDFI field’s business, requiring new assessment tools to keep the lending mission-focused.
- Why Are Community Development Lenders Financing Charter Schools?
The choice to support privately-operated, publicly-funded schools puts these lenders at odds with many of their usual political allies and constituencies. So what’s the motivation?
- Above the Fray?
As the school reform debates rage on, community groups struggle to stay out of the politics and yet keep influencing the quality of education in their neighborhoods.
- Schools that Support Students’ Whole Lives
Community schools support kids, families, and neighborhoods in their mission to improve education.
- Charter Schools, Gentrification, and Weighted Lotteries
Charter schools in gentrifying neighborhoods have the power to exacerbate the inequity that exists between low-income residents and wealthier newcomers. How can they use their power to instead ensure their student populations are as diverse as the neighborhoods they operate in?
- The Place-Based Charter School?
What is the relationship between charter schools and neighborhoods—and what could it be?
- Don’t Call It a Comeback for Neighborhood Schools
In the face of widespread school choice, some D.C. residents are advocating for an equitable system of neighborhood schools. But what’s the chance that will become a reality?
- Gentrification and Public Schools: It’s Complicated
An influx of more affluent families and their resources and advocacy is just what every struggling school needs, right? Well . . .
- More Bang for the Buck?
Austin, with prodding from advocates, pushes its economic development policy to go beyond big deal chasing.
- Have We Been Wasting Affordable Housing Money?
It might seem like 10, or even 30, years is a long time to require affordability—until it’s over and your public investment is lost.
- Community Development and the School Reform Fight
- Interview: Gordon Chin, Founding Executive Director of the Chinatown Community Development Center
Gordon Chin started San Francisco Chinatown Community Development Center (CCDC), a longstanding CDC well-known in the field, in the mid-1970s. In June 2015, he released Building Community, Chinatown Style, a book about his professional life, the founding and evolution of CCDC, and the future of community development. Josh Ishimatsu, director of Research and Capacity Building at the National Coalition for Asian-Pacific American Community Development, and a regular Shelterforce contributor, spoke with Chin about where community development is going, and where it should go.
- Q: Do inclusionary housing requirements make housing prices go up for everyone else?
- Filmmaker Needs to Look at the Whole Picture
I Got Schooled: The Unlikely Story of How a Moonlighting Moviemaker Learned the Five Keys to Closing America’s Achievement Gap, by M. Night Shyamalan. Simon & Schuster. 306 pp. $25.00 (hardcover). Purchase here.
- On Beyond Anniversaries
- Fighting Gentrification Through Collective Bargaining
For the past two years, the Crown Heights Tenant Union of Brooklyn has turned collective bargaining strategies on landlords—and policymakers.
- Fair Housing and Community Developers Can Work Together
Two organizations in New Jersey show that with a good working relationship, a balanced approach to healthy communities and housing choice for all can be more than pretty words.
- Organizing and the Community Land Trust Model
What happens when organizers win a campaign for community control of land? That depends a lot on the choices they make about how to exercise that control.
- Joy and Justice
Community Projects as Social Activism: From Direct Action to Direct Services, by Benjamin Shepard. Sage Publications, 2014. 253pp.
Reviewed by Matthew Borus. Purchase here.
- Dispatches from Whose City?
City by City: Dispatches from the American Metropolis, edited by Keith Gessen and Stephen Squibb. N + 1. 2015, 496pp, $18 (paper). Purchase here.
- The Justice Gap
The post-Katrina work of legal services lawyers shows that if you care about equity, legal aid belongs high on the list of crucial disaster recovery programs.
- Detours on the Road Home
Serious flaws in the Road Home program have kept many hard-working homeowners from coming back to the Lower 9th Ward. Let’s not repeat them after the next disaster.
- Rising Tides, Rising Costs
In the face of climate change, flood insurance rates are rising. But program rules, and the history of who has been shunted into the floodplains, means the brunt is being bore by those least able to absorb it.
- The Revitalization Trap
Place-based initiatives won’t address the kinds of injustice and poverty that community development was formed to fight.
With responses by Brentin Mock and Miriam Axel-Lute.
RESEARCH FOR NHI
- The Long Road from C.J. Peete to Harmony Oaks
- Homeownership Today and Tomorrow: Building assets while preserving affordability
- Bringing Buildings Back (Expanded and Revised 2nd Edition)
- Investing In Community Land Trusts
- Toes in the Water
- Managing Neighborhood Change
- Comprehensive Community Initiatives
- Building A Better Urban Future
- Shared Equity Homeownership
- Valuation and Taxation of Resale-Restricted, Owner-Occupied Housing
POSTS ON ROOFLINES
- 20 Apr 17 · The Specter of Asbestos in Low-Income Housing
- 19 Apr 17 · Seven Tips to Help You Forge Health and Housing Partnerships
- 18 Apr 17 · A Community Benefits Proposal Is Ignored. Is Displacement Far Behind?
- 17 Apr 17 · CRA Should be Becoming Less Partisan. Instead, It’s More.
- 13 Apr 17 · False Narratives About Artists Harm Artists, and Communities
- 12 Apr 17 · Urban Institute Report Highlights Health and Housing Links
- 7 Apr 17 · 10 Ways to Speak Truth to Powerful Lies
- 6 Apr 17 · Lawn Sign Liberalism
- 4 Apr 17 · Indigenous Approaches to Succession and Mentoring
- 31 Mar 17 · Local Contracting—Cost Cutting, Economic Development, Or Both?
- 30 Mar 17 · The Hidden Threat of Tax Cuts to Equitable Economic Development
- 29 Mar 17 · How About Walkable “Small Town-ism?”
- 27 Mar 17 · ¡El Caño Vive, La Lucha Sigue! Community-Controlled Land in Puerto Rico
- 24 Mar 17 · Housing as Infrastucture: A Rural Road Trip Proposal for Ben Carson
- 23 Mar 17 · Where Do We Go From Here? Toward a New Freedom Budget
- 22 Mar 17 · Homeownership Equity Depends on Racially Equitable Policy
- 17 Mar 17 · Who Counts as a “Homeless” Child? It Matters
- 17 Mar 17 · Book Review: How to Do Creative Placemaking
- 16 Mar 17 · Context for the Racial Wealth Divide May Free American Minds, and Mindsets
- 15 Mar 17 · Tax Credits Play A Critical Role in Economic Development
- 10 Mar 17 · Tenant Organizing From the Ground Up
- 9 Mar 17 · Preliminary HUD Budget Shows Carson Lied in His Confirmation Hearing Too
- 8 Mar 17 · Millennial Women and Retirement Savings: Start Where You Are
- 6 Mar 17 · Disclosure Remains Our Right
- 2 Mar 17 · Carson Confirmed. So About Those Other HUD Jobs…
- 2 Mar 17 · Arts in Public Schools: Essential. Life Saving.
- 1 Mar 17 · VASH and LIHTC Can Work Together to Support Veterans in Housing and Beyond
- 28 Feb 17 · Making It Easier to Build Won’t Generate Affordable Units
- 23 Feb 17 · How Data Disclosure Will Help Prevent the Next Financial Crisis
- 23 Feb 17 · Putting Housing Back at the Forefront of the National Conversation
- 21 Feb 17 · Why Aren’t We Building Middle Income Housing?
- 17 Feb 17 · Shelterforce Stands in Solidarity with #F17
- 16 Feb 17 · Should Online Shopping Change How We Use Space?
- 15 Feb 17 · Art Matters—In Rural Classrooms and Beyond
- 14 Feb 17 · Housing and The “Flyover” Mentality
- 13 Feb 17 · Tenant Protections Are a Cornerstone to Solving the Housing Crisis
- 10 Feb 17 · Three Dangers and an Opportunity
- 9 Feb 17 · New Bills Would Enforce Ignorance on State of Housing Opportunity
- 8 Feb 17 · Not All Asian Elderly Are Well Off
- 7 Feb 17 · Houston, It’s Time to Stop Accommodating Segregation
- 2 Feb 17 · Nonprofits—Yes You Can Advocate. And Now’s The Time
- 1 Feb 17 · Fair Housing is NOT War on the Suburbs
- 31 Jan 17 · Not Your Average Community Garden
- 26 Jan 17 · A Community Planning Process—Even A Good One—Is Not Enough
- 24 Jan 17 · OCC Moving Steadily Forward on Fintechs—Is This a Good Thing?
- 23 Jan 17 · CFPB: Government for the People
- 20 Jan 17 · Organizing Will Win
- 19 Jan 17 · Five for the Frontlines: 2016’s Best Books to Prepare for the Fight Ahead
- 17 Jan 17 · In Troubled Times, Taking Stock of Our Community Wealth
- 13 Jan 17 · The President as Developer-in-Chief
- 12 Jan 17 · Carson Tries to Please Everyone in Confirmation Hearing, Mostly Succeeds
- 12 Jan 17 · Time for a Job Guarantee
- 11 Jan 17 · GOP Tax Plan Takes Mortgage Interest Deduction Unfairness Off the Charts
- 9 Jan 17 · Myths and Realities About Cycles: Avoiding the Inevitability Trap
- 5 Jan 17 · Not All Artists Are Young. Or Childless.
- 5 Jan 17 · The Real Social Engineering Ben Carson Needs to Address
- 4 Jan 17 · Worker Co-ops: Hope in the Desert
- 29 Dec 16 · Take the Best of Public Housing, And Make More
- 28 Dec 16 · Advocates, Have You Created A Judgment-Free Zone?
- 22 Dec 16 · You’ve Seen This Movie Before. You Know What to Do
- 21 Dec 16 · In the Delta, Homeownership Strategies Need Innovation
- 19 Dec 16 · How CRA Can Promote Integration in Gentrifying Neighborhoods
- 15 Dec 16 · All the Fury Over CFPB Ignores Its Modest Mission
- 14 Dec 16 · Fighting Community Opposition in the Age of…Opposition
- 13 Dec 16 · Indivisible: How We Fight This—Together
- 12 Dec 16 · America’s Vote
- 8 Dec 16 · Gentrification Was the Killer in Oakland Fire
- 7 Dec 16 · The Foreclosure King Ascends to Treasury
- 5 Dec 16 · No, Housing Policy Really *Could* Get Done Next Year
- 1 Dec 16 · Airbnb, Test Your Hosts for Bias
- 30 Nov 16 · Come Together: Reweaving America’s Social Fabric Using the Arts
- 29 Nov 16 · Who Is Still Unbanked, And What Can We Do About it?
- 28 Nov 16 · Malign Neglect? Urban Policy in the Trump Era
- 25 Nov 16 · On Clinton, Obama, Trump, and the Failures of Liberal Urban Policy
- 23 Nov 16 · Some HUD Secretary Possibilities Are Serious—Others Laughable
- 22 Nov 16 · Stop Subsidizing Bad Landlords
- 21 Nov 16 · An Opportunity to Shed Sunlight on Lender Legal Compliance is Missed
- 18 Nov 16 · Building Community Power in the Age of Trump
- 16 Nov 16 · Housing Assistance for *All* Is a Matter of Racial Justice—and It’s Achievable
- 15 Nov 16 · Interview with Lisa Mensah, Under Secretary for Rural Development, USDA
- 15 Nov 16 · Top Racial Justice Leaders Give Post-Election Thoughts
- 11 Nov 16 · CDFIs “Rethink” Systems, But (Hopefully) Not Identity
- 10 Nov 16 · To Move or to Improve?
- 9 Nov 16 · Land Banks & Community Land Trusts: Not Synonyms or Antonyms. Complements
- 8 Nov 16 · echo: an autobiographical journey of the power of the ballot
- 4 Nov 16 · Homeownership Is a Culprit in The Racial Wealth Divide
- 4 Nov 16 · Housing Doesn’t Filter, Neighborhoods Do
- 2 Nov 16 · What If a Community Art Project Were Never Done?
- 31 Oct 16 · Where Is Housing on the Ballot in California?
- 28 Oct 16 · A Presidential Agenda Requires a Racial Equity Lens
- 27 Oct 16 · On Optimism and Space: The Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference
- 25 Oct 16 · Television’s Antidote to Trump
- 21 Oct 16 · Putting the “Public” Back into Public Housing: A Justice-oriented Agenda
- 21 Oct 16 · 4 Ways a President Clinton Could Help Cities Thrive in Her First 100 Days
- 20 Oct 16 · A Strong Rule and Reforms Are Needed to Combat Payday Loans
- 18 Oct 16 · Gramm Wrong, Again, on CRA
- 14 Oct 16 · How Could Homelessness Have Barely Budged During the Recession?
- 13 Oct 16 · Stopping Declining Homeownership Requires More than Affordability
- 12 Oct 16 · The ‘Filtering’ Fallacy
- 10 Oct 16 · #Renters Day of Action—Our Demands
- 6 Oct 16 · NIMBY, or Not? What’s Going on in New York City?
- 4 Oct 16 · The Danger of Middle-Income People Feeling the Affordability Crisis
- 29 Sep 16 · How *Not* To Do Economic Development
- 27 Sep 16 · A New Perspective on Housing Tenure
- 26 Sep 16 · No Going Back to Segregation After Landmark Texas Fair Housing Case
- 23 Sep 16 · Tweaks to CRA Q&A Document Miss the Larger Picture
- 22 Sep 16 · “Your Lease Should Be Next to Your Bible,” #RentersDayofAction
- 21 Sep 16 · The Politics of Dis-Belonging
- 15 Sep 16 · California Transit Agencies Bring Affordable Housing to Scale
- 13 Sep 16 · Cleveland–East Cleveland Merger Plan Overlooks Main Issue
- 12 Sep 16 · Let’s Get Rid of the Words “Property” and “Manager”
- 8 Sep 16 · At the Table…and Being Heard
- 7 Sep 16 · How Does Mobile Banking Affect the Unbanked?
- 2 Sep 16 · Not All Community Organizations Have the “Next Big Idea.” Yet.
- 30 Aug 16 · A New Paradigm for California Transit: Equity, Sustainability, and Housing
- 26 Aug 16 · Foundations Shrugged
- 25 Aug 16 · From Barracks to Apartments: Serving Vets in Transition
- 23 Aug 16 · Universities Step Up and Commit to Challenging Inequality
- 22 Aug 16 · A Non-Profit Housing Acquisition Program Could Protect The Displaced
- 19 Aug 16 · As Affordability Worsens, State and Local Governments Act on their Own
- 17 Aug 16 · Starting a Social Enterprise? You Need to Know This
- 16 Aug 16 · Earned Income Should Not Replace Public Funding for Community Development
- 15 Aug 16 · Housing Groups Should Expand to Repair Work to Help Seniors Age in Place
- 11 Aug 16 · Homelessness Is Falling Despite Worsening Conditions. Why?
- 11 Aug 16 · Say What, Washington Post? Declining Homeownership Rates Aren’t a Good Thing
- 9 Aug 16 · In Which a Skeptic Is Won Over to Child Savings Accounts
- 8 Aug 16 · Under One Roof: Health Care and Social Services in the Same Place
- 4 Aug 16 · How the Major Party Platforms Approach Housing
- 3 Aug 16 · Does Place Matter Anymore? Cities and the 2016 Election
- 1 Aug 16 · Could an Anti-Homelessness Program Also Stabilize Affordable Housing Supply?
- 1 Aug 16 · Does the Disability Rights Movement Offer A Model for Housing Activists?
- 29 Jul 16 · Our Denial and Inaction On the Issue of Lead
- 26 Jul 16 · It’s Time to Talk about Cops
- 21 Jul 16 · Why Are Biased Banks Getting High CRA Marks from Regulators?
- 19 Jul 16 · Embedding Equity Into Economic Development
- 15 Jul 16 · Give Housing Vouchers Their Full Power
- 13 Jul 16 · Don’t Rush to Judge These Three Artist’s Lofts in The Twin Cities
- 12 Jul 16 · Who Is It For?
- 11 Jul 16 · FHA Sends Mixed Signals to Nonprofits on Sales of Delinquent Loans
- 8 Jul 16 · Fairness and The Financial System
- 7 Jul 16 · Co-ops Gain Ground in Communities of Color
- 5 Jul 16 · Need Capital For Your Creative Placemaking Project? There’s a Loan for That
- 5 Jul 16 · The Devils in the Details: Key Issues in Implementing the New AFFH Rule
- 30 Jun 16 · The Ups (and Downs) of Mixed-Income Transformation in Toronto
- 29 Jun 16 · In LA, A New Resource to Pull Families Back From the Financial Brink
- 24 Jun 16 · Why Can’t Harlem Stop Gentrification?
- 23 Jun 16 · True Financial Capability Requires Expanding the Definition of Wealth
- 21 Jun 16 · The Real Reasons Affordable Housing Isn’t Being Built in California
- 16 Jun 16 · The Romance and Reality of the New Financial Technology (Fintech) Companies
- 15 Jun 16 · To Reduce Recidivism Rates, Turn to Housing Policy
- 13 Jun 16 · Poetry Is Not a Luxury to Achieving Racial, Social, and Economic Equity
- 9 Jun 16 · The Costs of “Moving On”
- 7 Jun 16 · Millennials, Revisited
- 3 Jun 16 · Did Amazon Really Just Create a Pop-up Homeless Shelter?
- 3 Jun 16 · Housing for Which Artists?
- 31 May 16 · Out of Reach 2016: Much More than Bad News
- 26 May 16 · 6 Things the Arts Can Do for Housing
- 25 May 16 · Financial Counseling and Coaching Need to be Professionalized
- 23 May 16 · Imagine if Banks Had a Rating Showing Compliance with Consumer Law?
- 18 May 16 · Advocates: Let’s Get These Details Right From the Beginning
- 13 May 16 · Why Should “Community Development” Only Be Urban?
- 10 May 16 · Washington, DC and the Future of Equitable Development
- 9 May 16 · Jane Jacobs: Defender of Cities and their People
- 6 May 16 · Putting the Impact in Impact Investing
- 5 May 16 · 4 Groups That Need to Change to Make Mixed-Income Communities Work
- 4 May 16 · The Complexity of Compliance
- 29 Apr 16 · Does Screening for Eviction Records Violate the Fair Housing Act?
- 29 Apr 16 · Is a Meritocracy Really What We Want?
- 28 Apr 16 · In Memoriam: Marva Smith Battle-Bey
- 27 Apr 16 · Out of Homelessness, A Mom Turns Advocate
- 22 Apr 16 · Leveling the Playing Field for Tenants Facing Eviction
- 21 Apr 16 · CRA on a State Level Makes Sense
- 20 Apr 16 · From Homelessness to Homeownership in Nine Months. It’s Possible
- 19 Apr 16 · Two Presidential Affordable Housing Platforms!
- 15 Apr 16 · Harvard Planners Talk Race, Design, and St. Louis
- 14 Apr 16 · So Far, Development is Divisive, and Driven By Race
- 13 Apr 16 · Energy Efficiency: Vital to the Budgets of Low-Income Households
- 12 Apr 16 · There’s No Shortage of Low Quality Housing
- 8 Apr 16 · How to Make Housing Affordable for All the Working Poor
- 8 Apr 16 · Fracking Waste and Drinking Water, A Toxic Combo
- 6 Apr 16 · Two Sneaky Reasons Why Building More Housing Isn’t Helping
- 5 Apr 16 · Can We Build a Movement for Structural Economic Change? We Must
- 31 Mar 16 · The “Supply-Side” Arguments, and Why Geography, Scale, and Migration Matter
- 28 Mar 16 · Developing Economic, Along with Physical, Health
- 25 Mar 16 · A Gem for New Jersey Neighborhood Revitalization
- 24 Mar 16 · Canada is Looking Better and Better (The Regent Park Story)
- 22 Mar 16 · The Next Step in Supportive Housing
- 21 Mar 16 · How One City Is Keeping Jobs Local Using Co-ops
- 16 Mar 16 · We Must Find the Legacies of Racism Within Our Own Organizations, Too
- 14 Mar 16 · Matthew Desmond’s “Evicted” Supports, Challenges Housing Field
- 8 Mar 16 · Let’s Transform the Zip Codes
- 7 Mar 16 · Are the Kids All Right? Austin Is Asking
- 4 Mar 16 · If It Can Happen in Virginia…
- 1 Mar 16 · Using the Wrong Tools to Build Affordable Housing
- 26 Feb 16 · Four Lessons Learned from Collaboration
- 24 Feb 16 · Address Merger Concerns Before the Merger
- 22 Feb 16 · For Cities, Industrial Land Matters
- 19 Feb 16 · A Critical Piece of the Mixed Income Puzzle
- 18 Feb 16 · How the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Can Help Flint
- 16 Feb 16 · Interview with Gabriel Metcalf, author of Democratic by Design