And the World Keeps Changing By John Atlas
The history of Shelterforce reflects the programs, policies, and politics of the past 25 years. Join one of the original Shelterforce Collective members as he takes us to the beginning and back again.
Shifting Fortunes By Cushing Dolbeare
United States housing policy has been a series of unintended consequences. From FHA suburbanization policies to public housing construction, we are still feeling the effect of each shift. What must "housers" do to create a policy that truly meets the needs of the poor?
We Build the Road By Mary Nelson
One of the oldest and largest CDCs in the country, Bethel New Life, has had to revise its mission regularly in order to continue to serve its community to the fullest.
Time to Remove the Rose-Colored Glasses By Pablo Eisenberg
The community development movement has gone from advocating for social change to providing housing and economic development. As the movement returns to a broader agenda, can it overcome foundation resistance to funding organizing and its own lack of accountability?
Building Power By Andrew Mott
CDCs and community organizing groups, as well as their supporters, need to recommit themselves to strengthening the capacity of local groups to organize for broad-based policy change.
Building Assets to Fight Poverty By Michael Sherraden
Individual Development Accounts, Children's Savings, and homeownership are three ways to use asset development to bring people out of poverty. How effective are these programs and where do they fit into a national, anti-poverty agenda?
Twin Pursuits By Patrick Morrissy
HANDS, a CDC serving two cities in New Jersey, was a successful housing developer. But the community needed more. In trying to fill a bigger role, HANDS discovered firsthand the difficulties and joys of pairing community development with community building.