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Harold Simon


Shelterforce Magazine


Montclair, NJ

Harold Simon joined NHI/Shelterforce at the end of 1993, becoming the executive director and editor of Shelterforce Magazine, the only independent, national community development journal in 1994. In 2009, Harold transitioned to executive director and publisher. Shelterforce magazine, is published in print and online (shelterforce.org), and is a growing venue for the discussion of equity and social justice issues including housing, economic development, health, education, safety and other issues that affect low-income communities in America. Under his leadership, NHI/Shelterforce has published books and research papers on progressive public policies in housing and community development, including Bringing Buildings Back, (the leading guidebook to the prevention, management and revitalization of vacant and abandoned properties, now in it’s second edition); Building a Better Urban Future: New Directions for Housing Policies in Weak Market Cities; and Shared Equity Homeownership: The Changing Landscape Of Resale-Restricted, Owner-Occupied Housing (the first comprehensive research on this housing sector). In 2007 and 2008, Harold helped form the Community Asset Preservation Corporation of NJ, a local intermediary engaged in foreclosure remediation and neighborhood revitalization, which is now a subsidiary of New Jersey Community Capital. In 2010 Harold helped launch the Essex Community Land Trust, which began operation in October 2011 and in 2015 he launched the Mills Nonprofit Center of Montclair. He is a board member of HANDS, Inc. in Orange NJ, board president of ECLT, a trustee of the NJCC LMI Mortgage Platform LLC, and co-chair of the Montclair Housing Commission.