Shelterforce

Shelterforce

Shelterforce is nonprofit and independent publication that covers topics from community planning to racial equity, affordable housing to the future of community development, and how policy intersects with it all. Here you can listen to authors read their latest Shelterforce articles, as well as our interviews with folks on the ground. For more, go to shelterforce.org. To support our nonprofit newsroom, make a tax-deductible donation at https://bit.ly/Donate2Shelterforce.

Episodes

July 8, 2024 20 mins
There are many proposed ways to mitigate the property insurance cost crisis. They all require federal or state government to act. John Ludas reads, "Reining in Rising Property Insurance Rates," written by Franklin Schneider. Read the full story at: https://shelterforce.org/2024/06/21/reining-in-rising-property-insurance-rates/
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Shelterforce recently spoke with community-lending leaders and experts about the current mood across the sector. What, if anything, are organizations planning to do to avoid becoming the next target? John Ludas reads, "Are Race-Based Lawsuits Affecting Community Lenders?" written by Sandra Larson. This article is part of Shelterforce's Under the Lens series, Moving Community Development Forward. Check out the series at: https://s...
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In Spain, a new law makes rent control possible—and one region has implemented it. In Catalunya, a rent freeze and rental price index promise to help struggling tenants. Olivia Haber Greenwood reads, "This Part of Spain Has Won Rent Regulations U.S. Tenant Activists Can Only Dream Of," a piece she reported on for Shelterforce. Read the full story here: https://shelterforce.org/2024/06/26/this-part-of-spain-has-won-rent-regulations...
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It's easy to stick to the tried-and-true pipeline when hiring for community development roles. But forming connections with people from different industries and generations can make our teams stronger. Amandula Anderson, executive director for the Indiana region for IFF, a Chicago-based CDFI, reads, "Want Leaders in Community Development? Develop a New Hiring Strategy." The piece recently appeared in Shelterforce. Read the full pi...
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Attachment to tax credits, which can’t provide as much housing as we need, is keeping the much-needed expertise of nonprofit developers out of conversations about alternatives, says Beilul Naizghi. Listen to her recent piece for Shelterforce, "Why Don’t California’s Nonprofit Housers Embrace Social Housing?" read by Mark Ludas. Read the full piece at shelterforce.org/2024/05/17/why-dont-californias-nonprofit-housers-embrace-social...
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One of the major questions for the affordable housing world in the next couple of years will be how well its various segments come together. Listen as Shelterforce's Miriam Axel-Lute reads, "Community Development: Between a Rock and a Hard Place?" Read the piece at https://shelterforce.org/2024/06/18/community-development-between-a-rock-and-a-hard-place/
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A high-stakes, high-profile community land trust project once hailed as a triumph in New Orleans ended in disaster for its residents, but it’s important to draw the right lessons about why. Shelby R. King reads her latest investigative piece for Shelterforce, "The Permanent Affordability That Wasn't: Lessons from the Pythian Building." Read the full story at https://shelterforce.org/2024/06/04/the-permanent-affordability-that-wasn...
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Ohio’s largest conservation land trust has been accused of purchasing a manufactured housing community with the very intention of closing it, evicting more than 100 households in the process. But proponents of the park’s closure say the land's failing infrastructure—and the benefit the property will bring to an entire city—is what forced the decision. Frances Nguyen reads her latest Shelterforce article, "Nonprofit to Close Mobile ...
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The nonprofit is giving the big bank a shot at proving it’s not the “worst” for Black borrowers. But after getting burned by the lender during the last community benefits agreement, what guardrails can NCRC put in place to ensure KeyBank keeps its promises? Shelterforce's Shelby R. King reports: "KeyBank and NCRC Are Back Together. What’s Different This Time?" Read the story at https://shelterforce.org/2024/05/30/keybank-and-ncr...
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Who gets to benefit from neighborhood revitalization efforts, and at what cost? Frances Nguyen reads her latest piece for Shelterforce, "Does Cleveland’s Plan for Public Green Space Pave the Way for Gentrification?" Read the full story at https://shelterforce.org/2024/05/17/does-clevelands-plan-for-public-green-space-pave-the-way-for-gentrification/
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In the Twin Cities, where voters have recently supported rent control, most nonprofit housing developers have stayed silent, and some have openly lined up with the developers and landlords who oppose it. John Ludas reads, "Affordable Housing Sector Split on Rent Control," written by Aaron Fernando. Read the story at https://shelterforce.org/2024/05/21/affordable-housing-sector-split-on-rent-control/
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Research explores residents' experiences with and observations about community development organizations in four cities. Karis Tzeng reads, "What Do Residents Think of Community Development Organizations?" Read the full story at https://shelterforce.org/2024/05/07/what-do-residents-think-of-community-development-organizations/
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Three fascinating research projects take very different approaches to learning more about the sector, but many of the storylines they are surfacing are related. Shelterforce's Miriam Axel-Lute explores more in, "New Research Gives Different—But Complementary—Looks at the Community Development Field." Read the story at https://shelterforce.org/2024/05/06/new-research-gives-different-but-complementary-looks-at-the-community-developm...
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With attention—and funding—focused on new housing supply over preservation and operations, even mission-driven nonprofit affordable housing managers are struggling to maintain decent conditions in older affordable housing. Priya Jayachandran, CEO of National Housing Trust, explains more in, "In the Rush to Build, Existing Affordable Housing Is Falling Apart." Read the entire op-ed at https://shelterforce.org/2024/05/09/in-the-rush...
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Intake questions about past evictions and mental health stopped families of color from accessing long-term housing support, but agencies in Arizona and elsewhere are asking new questions. Angela Mercado reads her latest article for Shelterforce, "Common Homelessness Assessment Leads to Racial Disparities in Housing Placements." Read the full article at https://shelterforce.org/2024/03/07/common-homelessness-assessment-leads-to-rac...
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April 30, 2024 2 mins
The community development field is in an interesting and challenging spot right now. Our new Under the Lens series zooms in and explores this moment in the field. Listen as Shelterforce's Miriam Axel-Lute breaks down what you can expect in our new Under the Lens series—Moving Community Development Forward.
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The Grants Pass decision could shape how cities address homelessness in ways that may challenge housing advocates, but it also represents the best opportunity we've had in decades to change the narrative on homelessness and build stronger public will for housing. Tiffany Manuel, founder of TheCaseMade, explains. Read the op-ed at https://shelterforce.org/2024/04/26/criminalizing-homelessness-supreme-court-case-gives-us-a-chance-to...
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History often feels like a depressing account of the worst things people can do to each other. But a recent book contains reminders that nothing is inevitable, and sometimes people have done better than we’re doing now—even in terms of housing and social equity. Shelterforce's Miriam Axel-Lute explains. Read "A (Much) Older Example of Social Housing Than Vienna," at https://shelterforce.org/2024/04/19/a-much-older-example-of-socia...
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Five women from diverse backgrounds who span the country—Missouri, New Mexico, Hawaii, California, and Texas—got together with Shelterforce to talk about the community development field and their work in it. Read the transcript or watch the webinar here: https://shelterforce.org/2024/04/03/her-story-her-power-in-community-development-a-shelterforce-webinar/ This webinar was part of Shelterforce's series, Women of Color on the Fr...
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The proposed program could shrink the racial homeownership gap while serving a wide cross-section of people. But it only addresses some of the results of past discrimination. Shelterforce's Miriam Axel-Lute reads her latest piece, "Targeting First-Generation Homebuyers Is a Great Way to Direct Downpayment Assistance—And It Could Be Better." Read the op-ed at https://shelterforce.org/2024/03/28/targeting-first-generation-homebuyers...
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