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Julia Stasch Chosen to Lead MacArthur Foundation

"Her leadership has already led to a greater sense of urgency, more focus, and enhanced impact in the Foundation's grantmaking and its creative efforts to help address some of the world's most challenging social problems."

Launch of Silicon Valley Rising
This campaign is "a pact between faith leaders, community organizations, labor leaders and everyday residents to advance the singular cause of raising the standard of living for the often "forgotten" workers and families in the Silicon Valley tech economy"


Reclaiming Vacant Properties Conference
The Center for Community Progress conference will be held in Detroit, Michigan on May 19-21

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New Arrivals

Measuring Happiness: The Economics of Wellbeing
By Joachim Weimann, Andreas Knabe, and Ronnie Schob
The authors examine the evolution of happiness research, considering the famous "Easterlin Paradox," which found that people's average life satisfaction didn't seem to depend on their income. But they question whether happiness research can measure what needs to be measured.

Old Friends

Seeds of Change: The Story of ACORN, America's Most Controversial Antipoverty Community Organizing Group
By John Atlas
Based on Atlas's own eyewitness original reporting, as the only journalist to have access to ACORN's staff and board meetings, this book documents the critical transition from founder Wade Rathke, a white New Orleans radical to Bertha Lewis, a Brooklyn African American activist.

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Janis Bowdler
Small Scale Developers and Landlords Are Not the Enemy

By Janis Bowdler, JPMorgan Chase

Small-scale developers and landlords of 1-to-4-unit multifamily developments may be a key to helping reverse blight in distressed communities. Though these properties have long been vexing to community developers, there are ways to work with them in a positive way... More 

From the Print Issue

Good Things Come in Small Cities

By Miriam Axel-LuteShelterforce

Review: Small, Gritty, and Green: The Promise of America's Smaller Industrial Cities in a Low-Carbon World, by Catherine Tumber.
Richard Florida has predicted that the larger cities are going to continue spreading into ever-larger mega regions, and those places left behind will wither away. However to Tumber's eyes (like mine) small cities are able to offer... More 

Brain Science Shows Us How We're Approaching Poverty Wrong

By Miriam Axel-LuteShelterforce

Review: Scarcity: Why Having Too Little Means So Much, by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir. 
In Scarcity, a behavioral economist and a cognitive scientist explore how brains react to the experience of scarcity--whether it's poverty, extreme busyness, or other types of scarcity, such as the enforced calorie scarcity of dieters. They recognize that poverty is the most... More 

Homeownership Counselors--And Organizers, Too!

By  James Rudyk and Emily Hoerner , Northwest Side Housing Center
 NWSHC's HUD-certified housing counseling, albeit streamlined and well-informed, often lacks the "teeth" needed to influence the policies, practices and decisions being made by banks who often see foreclosures as numbers rather than actual families. It is a balancing act between... More 

When It Comes to Housing, Who Decides what is "Safe and Decent?"
By Casius Pealer, Tulane University and Lisa Hodges, Howard University
One key principle of affordable housing is that we do not achieve short-term affordability by building low quality homes. It is important for housing professionals to be aware of broader trends and changes in housing standards, locally and regionally as well as nationally, and building energy codes are just one component of...  More 

Bridging the Age Divide with Clicks, and Bricks

By Keli Tianga, Shelterforce

What do you lose by not bridging "the greatest generational divide since the Rock and Roll era?"... More 

Featured Resources

New NLIHC Report on Affordable Housing Gap Released

The report provides a detailed look at the housing needs of low income renter households across the country by examining the gap between the supply and demand for affordable rental units at the national and state level, as well as for the 50 metropolitan areas with the largest renter populations. No state has more than 56 units affordable for every 100 extremely low income renter households and no metropolitan area has more than 47. More

The Racial Wealth Gap: Why Policy Matters

This week, Demos and the Institute on Assets and Social Policy released the first in a series of reports using the new tool to quantify the impact of public policy on reducing the racial wealth gap. More

City of Flint Adopts Beyond Blight Comprehensive Blight Elimination Framework, Offering a Model for Other Cities

It is guiding work on the 19,842 properties in need of blight elimination, which includes boarding, rehab, mowing, demolition, waste removal, and other interventions. More

The Answer

Q: Do Section 8 voucher holders increase crime in a neighborhood?


This is a perennial fear, but researchers at NYU's Furman Center took a really close look at the data to see, when controlling for other factors, if there was any association between an increase in Housing Choice Vouchers and the crime levels in that neighborhood....

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You Said It!

I understand concerns about regressive taxes, but we need to increase the gas tax substantially.  It has not kept up with inflation and it is the most fair way to pay for our roads - charge the people who use them. And let's now forget about the... More

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Housing Assistance Council

Regional Housing Legal Services

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HOPE Credit Union

Burlington Associates

Democracy Collaborative

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Fund for Public Schools

Planner, Louisa County, Va.

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Center on Budget and Policy Priorities 

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Housing Assistance Council 

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