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Immigration Is a Community Development Issue

By Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce

Large immigrant populations are no longer the province of major coastal cities. Community development groups located anywhere are likely to have at least some immigrants within their constituencies, and in some cases might be seeing the demographics of their neighborhoods shifting significantly. This can bring new challenges, such as... More

A New Remedy for America's Complicated Immigration History

By Ali Noorani, National Immigration Forum

Our immigration system is broken, and needs comprehensive reform. Comprehensive reform would address all aspects of our immigration system, not just focus on enforcement measures, for example, or on updating a single kind of visa. The necessary ingredients include... More

From Shelterforce Online

Shelterforce Exclusive Interview
John Henneberger
Texas Low Income Housing Information Service
2014 MacArthur Fellow

It's not every year (or even every decade) that community developers and housers see themselves represented in the ranks of the coveted MacArthur Fellows (or "genius grant" recipients). That in and of itself would be sufficiently exciting, but when Shelterforce staff sat down to talk to John Henneberger of the Texas Low Income Housing Information Service, one of the 2014 MacArthur geniuses, we certainly found ourselves impressed and excited. Driven by a sense of justice since college, he has been on the frontlines of... More

From Rooflines, the Shelterforce Blog

Solar for the People

By Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce

An affordable housing complex put solar panels on its roof! This is about the "real sharing economy" and following Naomi Klein's dictum that "the people who got the worst deal in the old economy should be the first in line to benefit in the new economy." But somewhere buried down at the end of the article is a concern that seemed to me to be a fairly big point--none of the people living in the building have... More

Richard Layman
Police & Community Partnerships in L.A. Housing Projects

By Richard Layman, BicyclePASS

The Watts neighborhood has the greatest concentration of public housing in the city and each development had been marked by deep-rooted gang problems, drug sales, and crime. The point of LA's Community Safety Partnership was to try something different from brute force policing--the agency's primary method before--and instead focus on... More

Municipalities Leverage Resources to Support Family Wealth-Building

By Brent Kakesako, HACBED

Ho'owaiwai is a Hawaiian word that broadly translates to a vision of wealth that is more than financial, and encompasses relationships with family, place, and culture. Hawai'i County, specifically the Office of Housing & Community Development, is using that principle and their power to create better financial outcomes for low to moderate income families on the island... More 

You Said It!

I agree with the general thrust of Josh Ishimatsu's blog that community development practitioners often ignore the dangers posed to low-income people and low-income neighborhoods by hot markets.  I also applaud his call for "a bigger, better, more cohesive set of programs and practices" for dealing with hot markets. I disagree, however, with his basic premise that community development as a field of practice has been focused exclusively on solving the problems of cold markets.  That isn't true.  Many of the "old wars" that we fought in our field - and continue to fight - were ignited by HOT markets.  It was not disinvestment and white flight that animated much of the grassroots organizing that occurred in American cities during the two decades prior to the Great Recession.  It was... More
--John Emmeus Davis on Community Development and Hot Markets

Community Land Trusts are another potential tool for addressing the hot market issue by creating... More

Oakland CA is taking on this challenge with a place-based revitalization without displacement initiative. We've also been working on developing comprehensive... More

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New Report on Creating Integrated PSH Opportunities for ELI and Disability Households
The Technical Assistance Collaborative (TAC) and the National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC) present Creating New Integrated Permanent Supportive Housing Opportunities for ELI Households:  A Vision for the Future of the National Housing Trust FundThis report highlights important innovations in affordable housing financing policy designed to benefit Extremely Low Income (ELI) households, including people with significant and long term disabilities who need Permanent Supportive Housing (PSH).  The PSH approach is a highly cost-effective best practice housing strategy that combines ELI housing with voluntary community-based support services. 
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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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