Community Improvement, Capacity Building

National Housing Institute

aka NHI/Shelterforce

Montclair, NJ


The National Housing/Shelterforce Institute is an independent nonprofit communications and education organization driven by a belief in the ability of all communities to be healthy and thriving. NHI/Shelterforce supports community revitalization by strengthening the work of community builders through public policy and programmatic analysis, development and promotion.  Founded in 1975, NHI/Shelterforce provides vital information through workshops, conferences, and Shelterforce in print and online, the only national independent publication written for advocates and professionals dedicated to affordable housing and community economic development.

Ruling Year


Principal Officer

Mr. Harold Simon

Main Address

60 South Fullerton Avenue Suite 202

Montclair, NJ 07042 USA


Affordable Housing, Community Development, Community Organizing, Neighborhood Revitalization





Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (S05)

Alliance/Advocacy Organizations (W01)

Research Institutes and/or Public Policy Analysis (R05)

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Programs + Results

What we aim to solve

Low-income communities and communities of color have faced years of structural discrimination in public policies and programs. Disinvestment, redlining, inequitable distribution of resources, and ongoing racial animus continue to plague many places and result in poor, unsafe, and unaffordable housing, lack of jobs or access to work, ineffective schools, inequitable access to health care, among other outcomes of the long history of discrimination

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Charting Impact

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What have they accomplished so far and what's next?

To strengthen the work of advocates, professionals, policymakers, funders, investors, and others working to address these issue by reporting on best practices and new, effective programs.

Since 1975, we have been the original voice for community development, supporting the diverse field of organizations working in low-income communities to create positive change.

We have an accomplished staff of writers and editors who are also fully engaged in the broad field of community development. We launched our print publication in 1975, we were one of the first social justice publication on the website in 1994, and began a weekly e-newsletter in 2011.

Our monthly web readership now is approximately 62,000, over 1,000 organizations link back to us; we have been republished and references in numerous books, journals, and publications including The Atlantic, The New Yorker, Fast Company, Utne, Yes! and others; our e-newsletter is mailed weekly to 11,200 readers and have an open rate of about 35%, over twice the average for cohort organizations according to our email host, Constant Contact.

Over the years, our work has lain the ground of the increased popularity of community land trusts to preserve affordable housing, helped launch the movement of nonprofits to purchase nonperforming mortgages in low-income communities to preserve homeownership, and introduced to the community development field ways in which to work with health care institutions to address the social determinants of health.

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National Housing Institute

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