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  • On the Front Lines: Solutions for Overleveraged Multifamily Properties

    As foreclosures drive multifamily assets to market in New York City, drawing a glut of speculative investors in the process, a new program from Enterprise looks to retain these homes' affordability and stability.

  • The Housing Crisis and the Landscape of Affordable Housing

    As home prices continue to fall, the notion that the real estate market will allow for lower-income families to secure affordable housing increases. But it's not so cut and dried. How much a home costs is only one of many factors when determining affordability. In March 2012, Shelterforce hosted a roundtable discussion featuring leading research and policy experts to explore those various components of affordability looking at just how the housing crisis changed the affordable housing landscape in the United States.

  • New Consolidated Plan Better Supports Community Investment Decisions

    Mercedes Márquez, HUD's assistant secretary for community and planning development, outlines changes to HUD's Consolidated Plan. These changes are intended to streamline the application process, making it easier to comply with requirements. In addition, the expanded data and new mapping tool will serve as resources in analyzing local need and targeting strategies to address local challenges.

  • Shelterforce Interview: Shelley Poticha

    Shelterforce speaks with Shelley Poticha, director of HUD's Office of Sustainable Housing and Communities, about implementing sustainable policy at the federal level while encouraging local innovation, keeping down the cost of green housing, and effecting change while dealing with federal government bureaucracy.

  • This Dover, Delaware, property is one of 15 homes for sale under the Kent County–Diamond State CLT NSP partnership.

    The Road Less Traveled: Funding a Land Trust with NSP

    In Delaware, a partnership with Diamond State CLT let Kent County leverage NSP money it wasn't originally sure it had the capacity to use at all into permanently affordable housing.

  • Ron Sims: Retiring from HUD, Not from Public Service

    Shelterforce caught up with the HUD deputy secretary on the precipice of retirement, nearly two-and-a-half years after joining the agency. Sims brought to HUD not only his political savvy, but also an unshakable commitment to equity and sustainability. In this exit interview, we talk about his accomplishments at HUD, plans for the future, and what he thinks needs to be done in order to stabilize the housing market.

  • Making the Stimulus Work

    Despite great obstacles, nonprofit housing developers, community action agencies, community health centers, and others stepped up and solved problems on the fly to make the stimulus work. Though more stimulus is not forthcoming, there are lessons to be learned for anyone working with government funding.

  • Occupied Owner: Our Lot, by Alyssa Katz

    For decades, the United States government, pushed by its business partners in the financial and real estate world, "marched the nation into a delusion." The fantasy is that we can create wealth for millions of homeowners by enriching investors, brokerage and mortgage companies and Wall Street bankers "to the fullest extent possible with few boundaries."

  • New Ideas For Strengthening Federal Rental Assistance

    With housing stability increasingly important for families under economic duress, additional rental funds could help to fund local housing authorities in order to assist families in need. New thinking could result in a plan aimed to help families get back into the mainstream, as well place them on a on a path toward increased personal wealth.

  • Matthew Brian Hersh/Shelterforce 2009

    Great Falls And The Silk City

    New Jersey's Paterson is the nation's oldest planned industrial city -- depend on who you ask. But it has fallen on hard times since the once-booming silk industry there declined in the latter half of the 20th century. Much of the industry in this city of 150,000 has since left, but with the help of a local CDC there, as well as corporate and community partners, a geological attraction once envisioned by Alexander Hamilton as something that could be harnessed for industrial might, is fully protected, and being prepared for a makeover.

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