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  • 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.

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    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.

  • A foreclosed property in East Orange, NJ, and one of 47 properties involved in Operation Neighborhood Recovery. _Photo by Matthew Hersh/Shelterforce_

    Operation Neighborhood Recovery and the Future of Community Development

    Urban Essex County, New Jersey, one of the hardest hit areas in the state by the ongoing foreclosure crisis, could be the laboratory for an ostensible reinvention of community development, as a local CDC there announced today the successful acquisition of 47 mortgages on troubled properties with an eye toward stabilizing neighborhoods in some of the oldest suburban communities in New Jersey.

  • Memphis Murder Mystery? No, Just Mistaken Identity

    A group of the nation's leading scholars and experts on housing and urban policy respond to The Atlantic's "American Murder Mystery"

  • The People’s Court

    Cleveland housing court Judge Raymond Pianka uses innovative legal tactics to achieve code compliance, but is it enough to stabilize neighborhoods?

  • The People’s Court

    Cleveland housing court Judge Raymond Pianka uses innovative legal tactics to achieve code compliance, but is it enough to stabilize neighborhoods?

  • Organizing Nationally to Win Locally: Faith-Based Community Organizing’s New Frontier

    Over the past few years faith-based organizing networks have broken onto the national organizing scene, adding grass-roots power and issue expertise to some of the biggest problems of the day.

  • 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.

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