Empty Homes

Defining the 'Community' in Community Land Trusts

As community land trusts take root and expand, they face numerous questions on how to stay communally-focused while their geographic scope grows.

July 28, 2021 - Shelterforce

Rent Jubilee

Campaign to Cancel Rent Raises Questions for the Affordable Housing Movement

What would it actually mean to cancel rent?

May 6, 2020 - Shelterforce Magazine

The Tenderloin

Safe At Home: Securing Affordable Housing in a Pandemic

An interview on the critical importance of securing quality affordable housing during the pandemic, coupled with the challenge of responding to the operational needs of ongoing development projects.

April 13, 2020 - The Planning Report

Open Streets

Engaging, Then Planning, for Equity

The interdisciplinary work of the Kounkuey Design Initiative, led by executive director Chelina Odbert, and deeply committed to the homegrown potential of neighborhoods and communities.

October 24, 2019 - James Brasuell

San Francisco Apartments

S.F. Law Would Give Nonprofits Dibs on Apartment Buildings for Sale

The legislation would make nonprofit organizations more competitive in the real estate market by letting them get ahead of speculators.

April 13, 2019 - NextCity

San Francisco Muni Buses

Too Many Conferences Miss the Bus

Nonprofits often advocate for local transit spending, but when we gather, we seem to forget these values. How would we know what the transit of a given city is like if we never ride their buses?

December 25, 2018 - Shelterforce Magazine

Crime Watch

Study: Nonprofits, Ordinary Citizens Played Major Role in Crime Decline

As many wonder whether the nation's multi-decade crime decline will continue, research suggests that community groups and local nonprofits have played a larger role in that story than they're given credit for.

November 14, 2017 - The New York Times

Small Town Art

Are Small Towns the Next Arts Districts?

As rising costs expel artists from urban cores, some small towns are positioning themselves as unlikely magnets for creative expression.

November 12, 2015 - Nonprofit Quarterly

Concerns Raised Over Property Tax for Minneapolis' Nicollet Mall Renovation

A debate over a special property tax assessment to fund a James Corner-designed redo of Nicollet Mall in Minneapolis raises questions about public benefit and value capture.

May 11, 2015 - MinnPost

Game Changer for Housing Nonprofits: REITs

Tired of not closing deals to preserve affordable housing due to delays in public financing, the nonprofit Housing Partnership Network created a real estate investment trust. The results have been "game changing."

February 16, 2014 - NPR

Can Nonprofits Tap Into the $17.5 billion Market in Distressed Mortgages?

The sale of distressed mortgages is far less publicized than talk of the market for foreclosed properties. But these loans are being actively traded—in 2011 this activity included 149,000 loans which translates to roughly $26 billion in trades.

May 27, 2012 - Shelterforce Magazine

A Growth Engine, Done In by the Development It Inspired

Robin Pogrebin sheds light on a thorny conflict between a high-rise condo in Dallas, Texas and the museum it named itself after.

May 4, 2012 - The New York Times

Virginia's Green Building Revolution

The commonwealth's nonprofit affordable housing developers are outgreening their market-rate peers, bringing green building up to scale statewide.

January 20, 2012 - Shelterforce

Still A Nonprofit, But No Longer Tax-Exempt

In an attempt to avoid new debt and decrease existing budget deficits, many cash-strapped cities and states are levying a host of new fees that don't provide exemption to nonprofits such as churches, schools, and charities.

December 27, 2010 - The Wall Street Journal

Revenue-Hungry Cities Look to PILOTs

Budget-constrained cities are increasingly looking at PILOTs -- payments in lieu of taxes that some tax-exempt nonprofit organizations contribute to cities.

December 6, 2010 - Citiwire

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