This posting is form our friends at ShelterForce.
Dear Friends and Colleagues,
We’re pleased to announce that the Spring 2007 issue of Shelterforce magazine is now online.
The issue takes a close look at shared-equity homeownership and its promise of new paths to housing affordability and stability. Is shared-equity homeownership in its various forms a real alternative to more conventional forms of public or private ownership? Can it be brought to scale, providing new rungs on the housing ladder between rental and fee-simple homeownership?
From a hard-won limited-equity cooperative in Washington, D.C., to resident-owned communities in Milford, N.H., to community land trusts in Irvine, Calif. and Chicago, Ill., Shelterforce examines shared-equity models cropping up around the country and analyzes their potential for helping to close the affordable-housing gap.
You’ll find a summary and links to these and more feature articles below.
As always, we look forward to your thoughts about the articles. Please send comments and questions to Shelterforce editor Alice Chasan.
BRINGING SHARED-EQUITY HOMEOWNERSHIP TO SCALE, Introduction by John Emmeus Davis
Manufactured-housing residents are turning their homes into assets while securing the land underneath them. By Paul Bradley
Municipally supported community land trusts are boosting affordable-housing stock in a growing number of cities. By Rick Jacobus and Michael Brown
When luxury condo developers started buying up properties on W Street in D.C., the low-income tenants who already lived there decided to get in the game. By Debbi Wilgoren
Affordable-housing advocates in D.C. won legislation to keep poorer residents from being victims of the cityâ€™s economic prosperity. By Radhika Fox
Nonprofits and local governments are helping communities reap the benefits of individual and collective wealth-building strategies. By Gar Alperovitz, Steve Dubb and Ted Howard
EPILOGUE: TOWARD A COMMON AGENDA FOR GROWING SHARED-EQUITY HOUSING. By John Emmeus Davis
Lessons learned as a community organizer may propel Barack Obama to the White House. By David Moberg
Housing First has succeeded in helping to house chronically homeless individuals, but has it left increasing numbers of families and children out in the cold? By Violet Law