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The Housing Trust Fund Corporation has released a Request for Proposal (RFP) for an "Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing Choice."  The proposal submission deadline is April 16


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

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Green Metropolis: What the City Can Teach the Country about True Sustainability
By David Owen
In this remarkable challenge to conventional thinking about the environment, David Owen argues that the greenest community in the United States is not Portland, Oregon, or Snowmass, Colorado, but New York City.

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Groundbreaking, Collaborative Conference 
Creates Space for Conversation on Race

By Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce

In many ways it looked like a fairly traditional conference--plenary panels, tracks of workshops, keynote speakers at meals. But the difference was in who planned it, who was there, and the subjects they were open to talking about... More 

This Book Changes Everything

By Ted Wysocki, Institute of Cultural Affairs

Book Review: This Changes Everything: Capitalism vs. The Climate by Naomi Klein
Forget about blue states and red states or Democrats versus Republicans. There is only one distinction to be made going forward... More 

Shelterforce Exclusive Interview: 
Mayor Ivy Taylor, San Antonio, TX

The first African-American mayor of the largely Latino and Anglo city, and strongly identified as an urban planner, Taylor casts herself as someone interested more in getting work done than leaving a political legacy. However, she has not shied away from controversial positions, and her initial position that she would not be running for re-election fell by the wayside as she announced her candidacy on February 16, less than two weeks after this interview. We spoke with Mayor Taylor, who has a background in affordable housing, about what it's like to move between the community development sphere and city government, some of her difficult decisions, and her vision for stable, mixed-income neighborhoods in the city she is serving. 
Read the full interview here.

Court Decision Paves Way for Affordable Housing Revival in NJ
By Staci Berger, Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey
New Jersey has one of the oldest and most famous anti-NIMBY fair share affordable housing laws in the country, stemming from the 1975 Mt. Laurel court decision. But it's also constantly under attack. Gov. Christie's administration has been refusing to enforce it for years, so advocates have taken to the courts to try to make him do so. They just won an important victory in that fight...  More 

Citizenship Is an Economic Asset for Communities

By Bob Annibale, Citi
Citizenship is an asset not only for individuals, but for our national economy. When advocating for an easier path to citizenship for their constituents, folks in community development can cite this data... More 

Without Energy Efficiency, Affordability Is Unsustainable

By Jonathan Reckford, Habitat for Humanity International
Many of us have been shocked by a particularly high utility bill following a bitterly cold month or a series of brutally hot days. Imagine, however, that your energy costs consistently totaled as much as half of your total monthly income... More 

Featured Resources

Housing Landscape 2015 

Housing Landscape 2015 from the National Housing Conference explores the severe housing cost burdens of America's working households based on the latest American Community Survey data. 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!

This commentary hits the mark.  Affordability should not mean that we build for the short term simply to put a roof over people's heads.  Recently we have seen the use of... More

While I do believe it is necessary to partner with small "mom and pop" landlords, I also believe it imperative to pair these partnerships with... More

Supporting and encouraging smaller landlords also ensures that their customers, resident families, can support the neighborhood. Resident families as consumers help to fuel... More

The number one cost to landlords of small scattered site housing is tenant caused damage.  If you want stable housing costs, you have to... More

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