Shelterforce

Shelterforce Shelterforce, founded in 1975, is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to fostering decent, affordable housing and a vibrant community for everyone.
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Shelterforce is the nation’s oldest continually published community development magazine. Since 1975, Shelterforce has been a primary forum for organizers, activists, advocates, and policymakers in the affordable-housing, equitable economic development, neighborhood revitalization, and community organizing movements. Shelterforce is published by the National Housing Institute, a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3), organization that conducts advocacy and research in the housing and community development fields. In light of the recent foreclosure crisis and the subsequent financial crisis, NHI is focusing heavily on community stabilization in the face of high levels of foreclosures in concentrated areas.

Shelterforce is the nation’s oldest continually published community development magazine. Since 1975, Shelterforce has been a primary forum for organizers, activists, advocates, and policymakers in the affordable-housing, equitable economic development, neighborhood revitalization, and community organizing movements. Shelterforce is published by the National Housing Institute, a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3), organization that conducts advocacy and research in the housing and community development fields. In light of the recent foreclosure crisis and the subsequent financial crisis, NHI is focusing heavily on community stabilization in the face of high levels of foreclosures in concentrated areas.

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What can people who have worked in both health and community development fields teach us about partnerships between the ...
04/30/2021
Insights for Health and Community Development Partnerships from People Who Have Crossed Sectors — Shelterforce

What can people who have worked in both health and community development fields teach us about partnerships between the two sectors?

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NACEDA, The Root Cause Coalition, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Kaiser Health News, Kaiser Permanente Thrive, The Kresge Foundation, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Enterprise Community Partners, American Hospital Association, America's Essential Hospitals, Health Affairs, American College of Healthcare Executives, Dignity Health, Trinity Health

Health practitioners are being hired by community development organizations, and vice versa. What can we learn from their work?

“If components of a modular home are built at a local factory situated nearer the construction site, developers have the...
04/23/2021
Build Modular Housing Factories Near Areas with High Housing Costs — Shelterforce

“If components of a modular home are built at a local factory situated nearer the construction site, developers have the convenience of both logistical and cost efficiencies, cutting down project time and contributing to a smaller carbon footprint.”

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Stewards of Affordable Housing for the Future (SAHF), National Housing Conference, NACEDA, New Jersey Community Capital, Southern California Association of Governments (SCAG), Silver Creek Industries, LLC, USModular Home Builders, American Family Housing, CRATE Modular, Factory_OS, National Association of Counties, National Association of Regional Councils, Northern California Carpenters Regional Council, Community Corporation of Santa Monica, Housing Innovation Collaborative, Modular Home Builders Association

To improve housing costs and economic conditions at once, look to the locations of modular housing factories.

The movements for prison and police abolition offer challenges to the way the housing field has long accepted limits on ...
04/21/2021
What's Abolitionist Housing Policy? — Shelterforce

The movements for prison and police abolition offer challenges to the way the housing field has long accepted limits on what is possible to achieve in housing justice. https://bit.ly/3oPMZcH

Abolition—as a mode of mobilization and social change directed at the criminal legal system and elsewhere—remains widely misunderstood.

A decade ago, Atlanta created a central server to provide resources for neighborhood-based community land trusts to buil...
04/08/2021
Affordable BeltLine Project Still in Progress in Atlanta — Shelterforce

A decade ago, Atlanta created a central server to provide resources for neighborhood-based community land trusts to build affordable housing around the new Atlanta BeltLine. What’s happened since?

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Atlanta BeltLine, Atlanta BeltLine Partnership, Annie E. Casey Foundation, Atlanta Land Trust, Smart Growth America, Transportation for America, PolicyLink, Grounded Solutions Network

The Atlanta BeltLine partnership set a goal of creating almost 6,000 units of affordable housing. Did the partnership achieve its goals?

Shelterforce’s CEO and Editor in Chief, Miriam Axel-Lute, will moderate the webinar "Housing Solutions: Centering Commun...
04/08/2021
Welcome! You are invited to join a webinar: Housing Solutions: Centering Community in Ownership, Control and Long-term Affordability. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email about joining the webinar.

Shelterforce’s CEO and Editor in Chief, Miriam Axel-Lute, will moderate the webinar "Housing Solutions: Centering Community in Ownership, Control and Long-term Affordability, hosted by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation on April 14 at 2 p.m. ET. The event will discuss multiple housing models that create permanent affordable homes.

Register here: https://burness.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_KXRwrPq_TMSXO0fIXXWZgA

The federal ban on evictions has been extended yet again, bringing relief to tens of millions of renters struggling to catch up. Still, demand is growing for more strategies to stabilize communities and put power in the hands of existing residents. People who have suffered through the worst of the h...

More than $10 billion in private financing has been invested in public housing thanks to the Rental Assistance Demonstra...
04/07/2021
From PETRA to RAD—The Path to Converting 140,000 Public Housing Units — Shelterforce

More than $10 billion in private financing has been invested in public housing thanks to the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. But housing advocates say it comes at a cost.

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National Low Income Housing Coalition, National Housing Law Project, PolicyLink, People's Action

More than $10 billion in private financing has been invested in public housing thanks to the Rental Assistance Demonstration (RAD) program. But...

As paradoxical as it might seem, small, local landlords might benefit more from rent forgiveness than emergency rental a...
04/06/2021
Struggling Landlords Should Favor Rent Forgiveness — Shelterforce

As paradoxical as it might seem, small, local landlords might benefit more from rent forgiveness than emergency rental assistance.

https://bit.ly/3sS0pql

National Apartment Association, National Multifamily Housing Council, U.S. Small Business Administration, Common Future, Institute for Local Self-Reliance, Hudson Valley Justice Center, Right To The City Alliance, People's Action, MassHousing, Springfield No One Leaves, NACEDA, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

If we simply pay tenants’ rent indiscriminately, we have no way of knowing where the ultimate benefit goes.

The Comprehensive Community Initiatives in the 1990s and early 2000s focused heavily on specific neighborhoods, with hig...
04/04/2021
Did the Place-Based Initiatives of the 90s, 2000s Bring About Change?

The Comprehensive Community Initiatives in the 1990s and early 2000s focused heavily on specific neighborhoods, with high expectations for dramatic change. What can we learn from how they turned out?

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Annie E. Casey Foundation, Ford Foundation, MacArthur Foundation, The California Endowment, RWJBarnabas Behavioral Health Center, William and Flora Hewlett Foundation, Planners Network, PolicyLink, NACEDA, The Chronicle of Philanthropy, Enterprise Community Partners, The Pew Charitable Trusts, Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Purpose Built Communities

Once a must-have for foundations, Comprehensive Community Initiatives, or place-based initiatives, had mixed results.

We’ve written many pieces over the years discussing how housing choice vouchers, while critical to meeting the housing n...
04/03/2021
Now and Then: Rent Control, Rental Assistance, and Universal Vouchers

We’ve written many pieces over the years discussing how housing choice vouchers, while critical to meeting the housing needs of millions of Americans, often functions like a lottery system. What has changed since we published those pieces?

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Urban Institute, Tenants Together, Massachusetts Association of CDCs (MACDC), Boston Tenant Coalition, Ilhan Omar, Community Change

How well did some of the recommendations, predictions, and worries about rent control, rental assistance, and universal vouchers age?

Each year, HUD is able to allocate $10 million for tenant organizing, but it hasn’t done so since the early 2000s. With ...
04/02/2021
HUD Has Money for Tenant Organizing. Why Isn’t the Agency Spending It? — Shelterforce

Each year, HUD is able to allocate $10 million for tenant organizing, but it hasn’t done so since the early 2000s. With a new HUD secretary and administration in the White House, will anything change?

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U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB), Autonomous Tenants Union Network, Right To The City Alliance, People's Action, National Low Income Housing Coalition, National Alliance of HUD Tenants (NAHT), MassAlliance HUDTenants, Tenants & Neighbors, Texas Tenants Union, National Housing Law Project, The New York Times, Vox

The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development can provide $10 million to tenant organizers each year, but the funding has largely gone...

It’s been 10 years since Shelterforce wrote an article on three progressive community organizers who were elected to the...
04/02/2021
The Work Continues: Property Maintenance Lawsuits Move Forward, Voucher Legislation Languishes, and More — Shelterforce

It’s been 10 years since Shelterforce wrote an article on three progressive community organizers who were elected to the New York City Council. What has happened in the last decade and how has their activist backgrounds impacted the way they serve in government?

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National Fair Housing Alliance, Local Progress, ANHD, Action Ohio, National Center for Housing and Child Welfare, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Medicare

Lawsuits against banks that failed to maintain properties in predominantly Black and Latinx neighborhoods, Medicaid $ for housing, and more.

Neighborhood surveillance, facial recognition, tenant screening, and more—we take a closer look at the landlord technolo...
04/01/2021
Keeping an Eye on Landlord Tech — Shelterforce

Neighborhood surveillance, facial recognition, tenant screening, and more—we take a closer look at the landlord technology that has ramped up in the last year and its potential effect on tenants.

https://bit.ly/3rz06iI

Autonomous Tenants Union Network, Anti-Eviction Mapping Project, AI Now Institute, [people. power. media], Right To The City Alliance, People's Action, Tenants Together, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), WIRED, ACLU, IEEE Spectrum, Othering & Belonging Institute, The Movement for Black Lives, NAACP

Technological advances have made it easier for landlords to exert even more control over their tenants—and squeeze more profits out of ...

Community preference policies give existing residents first dibs on subsidized housing built in their neighborhoods. But...
04/01/2021
The Dark Side of Community Preference Policies — Shelterforce

Community preference policies give existing residents first dibs on subsidized housing built in their neighborhoods. But what happens when these policies are applied to communities that are exclusive, well-off, and majority white?

https://bit.ly/3cxytCL

Right To The City Alliance, Fair Housing Justice Center, Grounded Solutions Network, National Fair Housing Alliance, Poverty & Race Research Action Council - PRRAC, Othering & Belonging Institute, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Race Forward

What happens when community preference policies are applied to communities that are exclusive, well-off, and majority white?

The Place That Makes Us is a look at Youngstown, Ohio, through the eyes of a number of young people who have bucked the ...
03/31/2021
Fighting for Their Hometown in The Place That Makes Us — Shelterforce

The Place That Makes Us is a look at Youngstown, Ohio, through the eyes of a number of young people who have bucked the trend of “getting out” and decided to stay in their hometown and fight for it.

https://bit.ly/3rB8rCC

Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation, 21 WFMJ, WKBN 27 Youngstown OH, Center for Community Progress, PolicyLink, The Brookings Institution, Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Great Cities Institute, Economic Innovation Group, Ohio CDC Association

A review of The Place That Makes Us, the 2020 documentary about Youngstown, directed by Karla Murthy.

In 8 days, the CDC's eviction moratorium expires. "Do we stand for humanity? ... Or are we going to ... stop callously t...
03/23/2021
Fixing the Harms of Our Eviction System: An Interview with Emily Benfer

In 8 days, the CDC's eviction moratorium expires. "Do we stand for humanity? ... Or are we going to ... stop callously turning families out on the street solely because they were hard-hit by the pandemic and couldn’t bear the weight of it?" https://bit.ly/38bLmzI

Emily Benfer talks about what needs to change in our eviction system — not just now, but once the pandemic is past — and lots more.

It’s one thing to implement inclusionary housing. It’s another thing to have it succeed. What sets the success stories a...
03/18/2021
Inclusionary Housing: Secrets to Success — Shelterforce

It’s one thing to implement inclusionary housing. It’s another thing to have it succeed. What sets the success stories apart from the others?

https://bit.ly/2PVcSLB

United States Conference of Mayors, National Association of Counties, National League of Cities, NYU Furman Center, National Fair Housing Alliance, NACEDA, Urban Institute, The Brookings Institution

A survey of unprecedented scale shows the diverse range of what inclusionary housing programs look like and which are successful.

Officials across the U.S. are looking to expand or revive efforts to house homeless individuals in hotels. What is drivi...
03/17/2021
As the Pandemic Continues, Officials Look to Long-Term Housing Options with Hotels — Shelterforce

Officials across the U.S. are looking to expand or revive efforts to house homeless individuals in hotels. What is driving the expansion, and why do some communities still avoid the hotel housing model?

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United States Conference of Mayors, National Association of Counties, National League of Cities, Local Progress, FEMA Federal Emergency Management Agency, National Low Income Housing Coalition, National Alliance to End Homelessness, National Coalition for the Homeless

Officials are looking to expand or revive hotel leasing efforts, or outright buy hotels as a permanent housing solution.

As the U.S. continues to grapple with issues of racial equity and justice, equitable development planning has emerged as...
03/11/2021
Lessons to Guide Future Equitable Development Planning — Shelterforce

As the U.S. continues to grapple with issues of racial equity and justice, equitable development planning has emerged as a tool to address systemic inequity and advance inclusive investment strategies.

http://bit.ly/3kTNZvc

National Association for Latino Community Asset Builders (NALCAB), National CAPACD, Enterprise Community Partners, WHYY, National Housing Conference, American Planning Association, The Kresge Foundation, NACEDA, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)

We take a closer look at how recent equitable development projects in Baton Rouge, Dallas, and South Florida fared.

Join us with Neighborhood Funders Group and Funders Together to End Homelessness on March 10 for a vital discussion of h...
03/09/2021

Join us with Neighborhood Funders Group and Funders Together to End Homelessness on March 10 for a vital discussion of how the Housing Policy Playbook & the BREATHE Act can inform federal housing policy and what the Biden-Harris administration & philanthropy can do in the short and long term to reinvigorate #housingjustice.

Register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJctd--sqDsrG9DYrkRlnBiWs1mhd3phbEy9

Join us with Neighborhood Funders Group and Funders Together to End Homelessness on March 10 for a vital discussion of how the Housing Policy Playbook & the BREATHE Act can inform federal housing policy and what the Biden-Harris administration & philanthropy can do in the short and long term to reinvigorate #housingjustice.

Register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJctd--sqDsrG9DYrkRlnBiWs1mhd3phbEy9

Join us with Neighborhood Funders Group and Funders Together to End Homelessness on March 10 for a vital discussion of h...
03/08/2021

Join us with Neighborhood Funders Group and Funders Together to End Homelessness on March 10 for a vital discussion of how the Housing Policy Playbook & the BREATHE Act can inform federal housing policy and what the Biden-Harris administration & philanthropy can do in the short and long term to reinvigorate #housingjustice.

Register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJctd--sqDsrG9DYrkRlnBiWs1mhd3phbEy9

Join us with Neighborhood Funders Group and Funders Together to End Homelessness on March 10 for a vital discussion of how the Housing Policy Playbook & the BREATHE Act can inform federal housing policy and what the Biden-Harris administration & philanthropy can do in the short and long term to reinvigorate #housingjustice.

Register here: https://zoom.us/meeting/register/tJctd--sqDsrG9DYrkRlnBiWs1mhd3phbEy9

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Shelterforce, the journal of affordable housing and community building, is the flagship product of National Housing Institute. The quarterly, independent publication of NHI, is widely regarded in the housing and community development and features articles and analysis by journalists and practitioners in the field.

In 1975, Shelterforce began as a “how-to” publication for tenant activists. Shelterforce helped tenants, tenant organizers, and tenant advocates (e.g. legal aid lawyers) learn how to be more effective in securing tenants’ rights to safe, decent homes.

Over the years, as inner-city neighborhoods experienced an onslaught of disinvestment, crime, and family disintegration, the focus has changed. During the ‘80s and early ‘90s, Shelterforce began to examine a wider range of community-building issues, always with the goal of empowering individuals and groups to take control of their communities so that they can effect real change.

Shelterforce has established itself as a vital link in policy development—providing clear and understandable analysis of important policy issues (as well as concise descriptions of rules and regulations) to grass-roots activists while providing input from the grass-roots to local, state, and national policymakers.

In May 2008, NHI launched Rooflines, a daily Web log featuring many of the same contributors to the magazine, as well as new voices from the community development world.

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HOME TRUTHS: FILMS ABOUT HOUSING RIGHTS, DISPLACEMENT, AND THE MEANING OF HOME September 16 – October 31 Film Screenings / Programs / Series One of the (many) issues that the COVID-19 pandemic has thrown into sharp (and dire) relief in recent months is that of housing rights. The availability and quality of housing, and the rights of lower-income tenants, has of course been an urgently important and highly contested feature of urban life across the world and throughout modern history. But the precariousness of the lives of millions upon millions of city dwellers has been revealed more starkly than ever by a global pandemic that has rendered the struggle to keep a roof over one’s head catastrophically widespread. Given the basic existential nature of the human need for shelter – and the extent to which housing policy in many societies reflects, embodies, and perpetuates economic exploitation, structural racism, and the destructive toll of unchecked capitalism – it’s no surprise that filmmakers have explored the topic, both directly and indirectly, throughout the history of the medium. This online film series highlights a variety of films past and present that have dramatized the plight of those who wage a daily battle for safe and secure housing, that have unveiled the structural and economic forces that render that struggle so difficult, and that have chronicled the efforts of activists to make change. At their best, these films bring into relief the vital importance of “home” as a source of emotional and cultural meaning in people’s lives – as a necessity for both body and soul. They identify displacement as a force that robs people not only of the roof over their heads, but also – perhaps even more destructively – of their sense of their own identities, their individual and communal histories, and of their culture. The series comprises a selection of films that Anthology will be presenting gradually, over the course of the coming weeks and months, as well as other relevant films that are already available online from other sources. The full list of films is below; some of these works will not be made available until later in the summer or fall, while new films may be added as the series continues. “Home Truths” is presented in association with Shelterforce. http://anthologyfilmarchives.org/film_screenings/series/52767
Awesome publication
Hi, my name is James Weaver and my fiancee then Gwynne Alderfer, were renting a room from this guy, we moved in here end of March, on Month to month lease. May 10 , he gave us 30 notice to get out . After June 1, $26/day. Is this legal and can we stick it to him? Jim
Affordable Housing is a National priority, but Federal agencies have failed miserably to provide leadership to revitalize abandoned and decaying cities and small towns.
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A small peak at the shameful housing situation in the richest country in the world. Shame on all of us!
Hey guys, is there a contact email address for the editors? -- Feel free to message me.
Hi all. The Neighborhood Partners you connected with in a FB link to your latest issue is my program in Wisconsin that builds neighbors' capacity to work together for the common good in their neighborhoods. Love your work, and so kind of happy for the accidental linkup, but I'm sure you'll want to change the link to the housing developer. All the best to you!
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#TraumaInformed practices have been a game changer for Hopeworks 'N Camden in helping kids deal with trauma and toxic stress. Natasha Fletcher of Rutgers University—Camden explains how it works in Shelterforce.
I would like to thank you for interrupting my dinner tonight. Calling random cell phones is a poor way to do business. Your caller had no idea who he was calling, where I live or what type of housing I have. STOP cold calling random phone numbers!
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