Affordable Housing Publications

Research Reports

Comprehensive Community Initiatives by Winton Pitcoff ($8.00)

Redefining Community Development

Building A Better Urban Future by Alan Mallach ($8.00)

New Directions for Housing Policies in Weak Market Cities

Shared Equity Homeownership by John Emmeus Davis ($8.00)

The Changing Landscape of Resale-Restricted, Owner-Occupied Housing

Back Issues of Shelterforce

Art, Culture & Community Development — Winter 2016-2017 ($7.50)

A New Look at Economic Development — Fall 2016 ($7.50)

Taming Income Volatility • Access to Credit • Savings for College • Tax Code Fairness • Empowering Education — Summer 2016 ($7.50)

Mixed Income: Is It the Right Goal? • How De We Create It? • How Do We Make It Work? + Voices from the Field — Spring 2016 ($7.50)

School Reform — Winter 2015-2016 ($7.50)

School Reform • Julian Castro Interview • Performance-Based Economic Development • Are We Wasting Affordable Housing Money?

Resiliency — Fall 2015 ($7.50)

Equitable disaster recovery in the era of climate change • CDCs and Fair Housing • The Revitalization Trap

Immigration — Fall ($7.50)

New Constituencies • Going Multilingual • Immigrant Tenant Rights • New American Entrepreneurs • Citizenship as an Asset • Fighting Employer Abuses

Aging in Community — Summer ($7.50)

Retrofits for Aging In Place • Healthcare and Housing • Caregiving with Dignity: Interview with Ai-jen Poo • Senior-friendly Banking • Multigenerational Design

Almost Home: The Veterans Issue — Spring 2014 ($7.50)

Serving Those Who Served • Ending Veteran Homelessness • The Home(ownership) Front • Sidestepping Stigma

Redevelopment: Can We Get the Good Without the Bad? — Spring 2013 ($7.50)

Resident Recognition in New Orleans • Memphis Says No to Demo • Little Rock Defeats Displacement • A Pittsburgh Revival Without the Rich. Also: Utilities funding housing, Land trusts and rental?, Stop ignoring manufactured homes.

Time to Rethink CDCs? — Winter ‘12/‘13 ($7.50)

New constituencies • Promise and limits of scale • Regional vs. local • Intermediaries—What comes next? • Housing vs. neighborhood change • What Mumbai’s Slums Do Right • CDCs adapt to the new normal • Restoring confidence in the CDC model • and more!

Hearts of the Neighborhood: Third Places in Our Communities — Fall 2012 ($7.50)

Third places are those gathering places that are neither home nor work. They have tremendous importance for the vitality of our communities. This issue looks at many aspects of how they are created and sustained. Roundtable on creating and protecting third places • Brick’s Barbershop • Saving the Village Pub • Keeping community gardens in place • Community-driven art projects • Flowers Follow • NYCHA’s disappearing open space • A place in the heart—essays

Voting Block: Neighborhood Voting Rights — Summer 2012 ($7.50)

HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan on Housing and Communities Built to Last • Picking Up ACORN’s Pieces • Where’s the Money for Democracy? • Direct Action Governing • Interview with Rep. Keith Ellison • Silence on the Stump—Housing and Community Development in the Election • Fear of Affordable Housing: Perception vs. Reality • Learning from Mt. Laurel

Strange Bedfellows — Winter 2011 ($7.50)

Strange Bedfellows: Can capital markets serve neighborhood stabilization? We examine new relationships and new ways of thinking that are emerging around the idea of bringing together capital markets and neighborhood stabilization. Featuring: Capital Markets and Neighborhood Stabilization, by Miriam Axel-Lute; Distressed Mortgages for Sale, by George Ostendorf; Going Upstream, by Miriam Axel-Lute; Interview with Ron Faris, Ocwen CEO, by Harold Simon; Stabilizing Urban Neighborhoods, Q&A with Elyse Cherry; The Hard Part, by Miriam Axel-Lute and Matthew Brian Hersh; Tackling the Challenge of Scattered-Site Rentals, by Kat Aaron; Banking on Neighborhood Stabilization, by Dan Kildee; Relaxing the Credit Crunch, by Matt Chapuran; A Blueprint for Responsible Homeownership, by Judy Jacobson; Interview with Sister Lillian Murphy, Mercy Housing CEO, by Harold Simon; Occupy and Community Organizing, essays by Michael Kane, Steve Meacham, and Mark Winston Griffith (online only); Recovering from the Recovery, a film review of Land of Opportunity, by Kalima Rose.

Holding Banks Accountable — Fall 2011 ($7.50)

Shelterforce 167, Fall 2011. *In the Courts & on the Streets: Holding Banks Accountable*, featuring our “The New Bottom Line,” by Stephen Lerner and George Goehl; “The Unlikely Activists,” by Amy Schur; “The Sword and the Shield,” by Melvyn Colon; “The People’s Court,” by Kermit Lind; and “The Human Right to Housing,” by Maria Foscarinis. Second cover package, *Making Green Affordable and Affordable Green*, includes “Smart at the Roots,” by Ina Anderson and André Leroux; “Leading the Way to Green,” by Celia Slater; “Transit-Oriented Preservation,” by Michael Bodaken and Todd Nedwick; “Smart Can Be Affordable,” by Alex Goldschmidt; and “Green Is Affordable,” by Noreen Beatley. Finally, this issue includes our interview with Nicolas P. Retsinas, a senior lecturer in real estate at the Harvard Business School and director emeritus of Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies, as well as our Organize! column on transit organizing in St. Louis.

The Road to Neighborhood Stabilization — Fall 2010 ($7.50)

In this issue, we look at some key rule changes by way federal regulations, as well as what’s happening at the local level, to see if we’re actually making progress, or just treading water. NSP at Halftime: As NSP3 gets underway and the NSP1 obligation period comes to a close, Shelterforce looks back at NSP so far. We also feature interviews with two HUD assistant secretaries, Mercedes Marquez and Raphael Bostic; Responsible investors; HAMP Is Not Enough; CLTs, delinquencies, and foreclosure; HMDA at 35; Insurance Redlining; Urban agriculture.

Will HUD’s Public Housing Plan Lead to Preservation or Privatization? — Summer 2010 ($7.50)

Private Money, Public Housing: Will PETRA Work? Will the administration’s $350 million public housing reform initiative, PETRA, be a welcome effort, a work in progress, or a “formal divestment” from public housing? In this issue of _Shelterforce_, we have several important voices weighing in on the proposal. *ALSO*: Q&A With John Atlas: NHI Board President John Atlas talks about his new book, Seeds of Change: The Story of ACORN, America’s Most Controversial Antipoverty Community Organizing Group; A Tale of Two Markets; Fighting Toxic Mortgages in Court; Foreclosure Task Forces; Cleveland’s Evergreen Coops; Battling for Wards in New Jersey’s Hub City.

Interview With HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan — Fall/Winter 2009 ($7.50)

Shelterforce interview HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan and profiles the team that put HUD back on the map again; a Unified Voice for the Nonprofit Housing Development Field; Sense of Place: the Bronx, DC’s Columbia Heights, and NJ’s Orange look at the past, while looking forward; Making Collaborations Work: Chicago, Twin Cities, and Boston; CLT: A Model for All Markets?; Tackling Bank Walkaways and Vulture Investors; Right to Rent; Faith-Based Organizing; Youth in Organizing.

Abandoned! — Spring 2009 ($7.50)

Neighborhood Stabilization and the Foreclosure Crisis. “Operation Neighborhood Recovery”: A first-in-the-nation purchase of nonperforming mortgages by a nonprofit for neighborhood stabilization in New Jersey, by Matthew Brian Hersh; “Homeownership Done Right”: An educated consumer is the Massachusetts Affordable Housing Alliance’s best customer, by David Holtzman; “Fighting Foreclosure on All Fronts”: Cook County, Ill. Sheriff Tom Dart made headlines when he refused to evict tenants whose building was foreclosed upon, but journalist Kari Lydersen explores that story and other efforts in Chicago to keep tenants in their homes. Also: Paterson, New Jersey’s Great Falls; Fair Lending in the “Age of Obama”; HUD/DOT Sustainable Communities Initiative; and Saving Houston’s Allen Parkway Village.

Coming Up for Air — Winter 2008 ($7.50)

Coming Up for Air: What Housing and Community Developer Practitioners Need to Know to Survive the Economic Deluge. Articles include: “Brave New World For Nonprofits” by Rick Cohen; “Taking the Bull by the Horns,” by James Carr; “Homes That Last” by John Emmeus Davis; “Do or Die for Nonprofits” by Pablo Eisenberg; “The Housing Change We Need” by Peter Marcuse; “Riding the Storm Out” by Peter Werwath; and more.

Memos on How to Make Change — Fall 2008 ($7.50)

From the Grass Roots to the Oval Office: Some of the nation’s leading community development thinkers and practitioners weigh in on key issues leading up to the 2008 presidential election, from Xavier de Souza Briggs’ take on urban policy to Gregory Squires’ vision for a fair housing agenda. Also, “Trading Bullets for a Better Future” by Matthew Brian Hersh, and “What’s the Matter With Newark?” by Julia Rabig.

What Green Means for Communities — Summer 2008 ($7.50)

What Green Means for Communities. Features the Shelterforce interview with Majora Carter, founder of Sustainable South Bronx; “Making Food Deserts Bloom” by Kari Lydersen; and “Taking the LEED in Your Community” by Ted Wysocki. Also: Chicago’s El Mercado marketplace; Boston’s Jamaica Plain and affordable housing; Walt Disney and “A Tale of Two Anaheims”; “Decoding Housing Finance Agencies”; “Subprime’s Footprint”; and more.

Course Correction — Spring 2008 ($7.50)

Gaining traction on solving the mortgage mess, How to solve the crisis, Public-private partnerships solutions for homeowners, How CDCs must change in light of current economic forces, Columbia University forcing change in West Harlem, Taming eminent domain, TIAA-CREF and socially responsible investments.

Community Development at 40 — Winter 2007 ($7.50)

Community Development at 40, Fighting against segregation, New crop of young leaders, New trends in rural community development, challenges faced by ethnic-based CDCs.

Housing and Presidential Politics — Fall 2007 ($7.50)

Housing and Presidential Politics: Housing the Working Poor, Credit Where Credit is Due, The Supreme Denial of Integration. Plus: Struggling in the Crescent City, Charting a New Course in Portland, Keeping Kukui Gardens, The Case for Plan B, Getting it Done

Sold out! For only $5.4 Billion — Winter 2006 ($7.50)

NYC Tenants Face Loss of Middle-Income Units, The Case for a Right to Housing, Why CDCs Should Advocate for a Right to Hosuing, A Merger of Two Cincinnati CDCs, Gentrifiers Move Onto Social Services’ Turf, Universal Design and Visitability in Affordable Housing, Making Tax Credits Work for the Disabled, Midterm Election Analysis, 2006 Housing and Community Development Victories.

Nov/Dec 2005 ($7.50)

Community Benefits Agreements, ACORN Partners With a Private Developer, CDC Networks, President Bush and the Mansion Subsidy, the 30th Anniversary of Shelterforce: Looking Back, Looking Forward.

Sept/Oct 2005 ($7.50)

Community Entrepreneurship for CDCs, A Nonprofit Takes a Business Approach, Brokerages for the Rest of Us, Collective vs. Market Housing, After Katrina, the Legacy of Racism and Poverty in New Orleans.

July/Aug 2005 ($7.50)

Land Trust in Mississippi, Gentrification in New York, Limited Equity Co-ops, Reality for Housing Advocates.

May/June 2005 ($7.50)

CANDO’s Rise and Fall, Cleveland’s Housing Court, Hope Community’s Listening Project, Employer-Assisted Housing.

Mar/Apr 2005 ($7.50)

Rebuilding Cities: Network Organizing in Lawrence, Mass., Housing Strategies for Market Revival, Thompson v. HUD, Healthy Housing Advocacy.

Jan/Feb 2005 ($7.50)

Housing and Service Providers for Ex-offenders; Predatory Lending; Community-University Partnerships.

Nov/Dec 2004 ($7.50)

The “Community” in Chicago’s Public Housing; Resident-led Redevelopment in Pittsburgh’s Hill District; The Social Loss of Urban Renewal; The Reality of Deconcentration; Post-Election Commentary.

Sept/Oct 2004 ($7.50)

The Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Dilemma; Family Self-Sufficiency Program; Workforce Development in Newark; Urban Neglect Under the Bush Administration; How CDCs Should Build Power; The Politics of Hip-Hop.

July/Aug 2004 ($7.50)

McKinney-Vento Homeless Act; Jobs-Housing Mismatch; Section 8 Homeownership Program; CDCs and Community Mediation.

May/June 2004 ($7.50)

Arena Politics in Newark; HUDS’s House of Cards; KWRU’s Fight; Housing Bubble; Reagan’s Legacy.

Mar/Apr 2004 ($7.50)

Beauty in the Bronx; Mount Laurel Under Attack; Planning Newark, NJ; Social Injustice in Chicago: Presidential Towers.

Jan/Feb 2004 ($7.50)

Newark, NJs CDCs; CDCs in Gentrifying Neighborhoods; SEA Corp; Affordability Name Game.

Nov/Dec 2003 ($7.50)

Women at Work: An Economic Justice Story; Safety Net for CDCs; Homeownership for the Disabled; Chicago Block Clubs.

Sept/Oct 2003 ($7.50)

Zoning for Justice; Future of Fannie and Freddie; CDCs in Weak Market Cities; Saying No to Affordable Housing; Progressive Politics and Organizing.

Jul/Aug 2003 ($7.50)

Enterprising Nonprofits; Reusing Urban Brownfields; Beyond Housing Headlines: State of the Nation’s Housing 2003; Black Organizer Blues.

May/June 2003 ($7.50)

The CDC School of Hard Knocks; CDC Mergers; Can this Collaboration Be Saved?; Gentrification Roundtable; Enraging the Right.

Mar/Apr 2003 ($7.50)

Riding the Rails; No Progress Without Protest; Left Behind; Wages, Work and Income Still Matter; The Social Investment State.

Jan/Feb 2003 ($7.50)

Has Homeownership Been Oversold?, Section 8 Is Broken, Building Wealth.

Nov/Dec 2002 ($7.50)

Fighting for Air in Camden, When Your Bank Leaves Town, Boston Mayor Menino, Planning with GIS, Artist Profile.

Sept/Oct 2002 ($7.50)

Almost Home: Foster Care Youth, The Conundrum of Community Development, Going Subprime.

Jul/Aug 2002 ($7.50)

Direct Action for Housing, The Power of the Community Press, Livable and Affordable, Tenant Blacklisting.

May/June 2002 ($7.50)

Cincinnati a Year Later, Better-Managed CDCs, Making a Living.

Jan/Feb 2002 ($7.50)

Community Land Trusts, Getting into Development, Abandoned Properties, Rural Development.

Nov/Dec 2001 ($7.50)

The Future of Affordability, Insurance Companies and CRA, Smart Growth, Labor Goes to Bat for Housing.

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May/June 2001 ($7.50)

Managing Gentrification, Housing Markets, Rent Control.

Mar/Apr 2001 ($7.50)

Steering and Segregation, The Bush Administration, New Urbanism, Low Income Housing Institute, Fenway CDC.

Jan/Feb 2001 ($7.50)


Nov/Dec 2000 ($7.50)


Sept/Oct 2000 ($7.50)

Property Flipping, Preventing Burnout, Geographic Information Systems, Neighborhood Knowledge LA.

Jul/Aug 2000 ($7.50)

Empowerment Zones, Financial Literacy, Homeownership Counseling, George Knight.

May/June 2000 ($7.50)

Renewing Bonds, Labor and the Housing Movement, Community Development: Back to the Streets!, Congressional Report Card.

Mar/Apr 2000 ($7.50)

SPECIAL ISSUE: Shelterforce’s 25th Anniversary! Essays on history, policy, and strategies from asset building to organizing for power.