I’ve been working as a freelance journalist since 2008. I’d like to write solely on Big Topics, but most of the time I get curious about what’s around me and wind up narrowing my lens. I write about people, communities, poverty, and religion, but my real urge is to give space to voices that aren’t often heard and to figure out how we as a society can be fairer and kinder.

Amazon and Other Companies Invested in Affordable Housing. Did it Work? (Guardian)

Is It OK to Use the Word ‘Homeless,’ or Should You Say ‘Unhoused’? (Guardian)

The US City Where ‘Desert Palaces’ are Sprouting as Affordable Homes Dwindle (Guardian)

The Real Reason Why Babies at a St. Louis Public Housing Complex Weren’t Sleeping on their Own (Shelterforce)

How Tax Assessments in a Supposedly Progressive County are Reinforcing Racism (Shelterforce)

Climate Change Risks Get the Attention of Real Estate Investors (New York Times)

A Second Life for North Carolina’s Shuttered Factories (New York Times)

Black Developers Call for Reckoning in Real Estate (Washington Post)

To Help Black Developers, Programs Start with Access to Capital (New York Times)

The Suburban Office Park, an Aging Relic, Seeks a Comeback (New York Times)

A Land Trust Model for Seniors (Shelterforce)

In a Revived Durham, Black Residents Ask: Is There Still Room for Us? (New York Times)

Fighting for Affordable Housing in Washington, DC (Urban Land Magazine)

John Little and Other Developers are Gentrifying Durham’s East End. They’re Not About to Apologize. (Indyweek)

Using Preservation to Stop Gentrification Before It Starts (CityLab)

How Creative Repurposing of Industrial Scrap Is Holding Off a Neighborhood’s Gentrification (Yes! Magazine)

The Last Scrap Yard in the District Closes to Make Room for Stadium (Washington Post)

Hanging out with the D Boys (Atticus Review)

A Life in Heavy Metal (Washington Post Magazine)

As the Florida Avenue Market’s Neighborhood Becomes Hip, Longtime Merchants are Squeezed Out (Washington Post)

What I Learned From Talking With My Neighbors About Gentrification (CityLab)

Remodeling Boom in DC Area Brings to Light Rich Veins of Old-Growth Lumber (Washington Post)

DC Birthing Center for Low Income Families Struggles to Attract Poor Clients (Washington Post)

In DC, a Street’s Grit Gives Way to Glamour (New York Times)

Business is Booming for ‘The Other Food Trucks’ Too (Washington Post)

Northwest Funeral Homes Struggle to Survive (Washington Post)

DC Government, Nonprofits Help Low-Income Residents Achieve Homeownership (Washington Post)

Capital Melting Pot? Not When It Comes to Food (Boston Globe)

At Home with Old-Time Industry (Washington Post)

H Street Shuffled (Washington City Paper)

When the Rebar Hits the Road (Washington City Paper)

The Catholic Worker Movement Finds New Life in Rural America (Sojourners)

Hospital Chaplains Stick to the Heart of the Job Amid Health Care Industry Changes (Religion News Service)

These Kung Fu-Trained Buddhist Nuns Teach Nepalese Girls Self-Defense (Bust)

Summit Church’s JD Greear Wants to Take the Southern Baptist Convention into the 21st Century. The Old Guard Would Rather He Not. (Indyweek)

Catholic Worker Houses Remain a Place for Protest and the Poor (Religion & Politics)

How Raleigh’s John Pavlovitz Went from Fired Megachurch Pastor to Rising Star of the Religious Left (Indyweek)

Love Thy Neighbor: Jonathan Wilson-Hartgrove on Race, Faith, and Resistance (The Sun)

What a Revived Poor People’s Campaign Needs to Do in the Trump Era (Yes! Magazine)

How Much Should I Share with the Poor? (Plough)

Race, Love, and the Struggle We Must Win (Yes! Magazine)

Evangelicals Overwhelmingly Support Trump. Not All of Them Support His Refugee Policies (Indyweek)

A New Crop of DC Churches Has Discovered the Secret to Appealing to Millennials (Washington Post)

Converting Churches to Condos Brings Logistical, Social Challenges (Washington Post)

Urban Churches Face Black Flight (Christianity Today)

Can Old Churches Attract New Gentrifiers? (CityLab)

Moorish Scientists Struggled with Tainted Reputation Even Before Baton Rouge (Religion News Service)

The Pastors Out to Save Millennials’ Souls (The Daily Beast)

She Was Teaching Meditation to Inmates. Would It Help Them? (Washington Post Magazine)

Try This: Spend a Night at the Franciscan Monastery’s New Hermitage Retreat (Washington Post)

Impact of Direct Cash Benefits to Low-Income Families Can Be Far-Reaching (The Imprint)

A Radical Way to Think about Health (The Assembly)

A New ‘Normal’: Nonprofits and the Next Phase of Covid (Shelterforce)

Medicaid Expansion Could be a Boon for Community Health Centers (Indyweek)

Lack of Credit Has Been a Huge Obstacle to Black Home Buyers. Now Some Lenders are Trying to Fix That. (Washington Post)

How to Get Mutual Aid to Those Most in Need (Yes! Magazine)

Getting to the Heart of the Opioid Crisis (Shelterforce)

North Carolina Could Finally Expand Medicaid (Scalawag)

Trust in Public Housing at Stake Over Looming Government Shutdown (Yes! Magazine)

Money Talks: How to Make Those Hard Conversations Easier (Yes! Magazine)

Women are the Solution to the Construction Industry’s Labor Shortage (Curbed)

Setting Aside Housing for Frequent Healthcare Users (Shelterforce)

What Really Helps the Unemployed Find Full-Time Jobs (Yes! Magazine)

Food Councils are Mobilizing to Defend Food Stamp Recipients (Civil Eats)

Forget Tax Breaks. Education Is the Key to Attracting Businesses. (New Republic)

Why Have Banks Stopped Lending to Low-Income Americans? (Talk Poverty)

Boosters Argue the the Proposed East Coast Greenway Could Revitalize Forgotten NC Towns (Indyweek)

For Low-Income Residents, the Economic Benefits of Amazon’s New Wind Farm are Up in the Air (In These Times)

6 Ways Affordable Housing Developers Are Fighting NIMBYism (Next City)

A Small Town’s Turnaround Could Teach Trump the Right Way to Spend the US Government’s Money (Quartz)

Youth Employment Incubator Launches in Durham (Next City)

Segregation’s Toxic Past Re-Emerges in NC’s Lead-Poisoned Playgrounds (Guardian)

How Climate Change Could Sink the US Real Estate Market (Sierra)

As the Water Rises (Noema)

How Climate Change is Affecting Soil Microbiomes (Modern Farmer)

How Can Managed Retreat be Done Equitably? (AIA’s Blueprint for Better blog)

A Perfect Storm (Architect magazine)

In Tobacco Country, Trump’s Tariffs Hit Hard for Growers and Communities (Washington Post)

How to Shop Sustainably (Yes! Magazine)

The Threat of Climate Change has Made Composting More Popular Than Ever. But the Industry is Surprisingly Precarious (Indyweek)

To Create a Truly Sustainable Food Economy, Small Farms and Government Must Meet in the Middle (Indyweek)

Urban Agriculture Could Potentially Produce a Tenth of the World’s Food. Is Grass Really the Best Use for Your Yard? (Indyweek)

Before the Bulldozers Come, the NC Native Plant Society Tries to Rescue the Plants (Indyweek)

Go to the (Ex-) Mountain: Why the Dance Exchange’s Cassie Meador Walked 500 Miles (Washington City Paper)

Cruising L.A.’s Burgeoning Bike Scene, Traffic Be Darned (Washington Post)

Swedish Environmental Lessons (Christian Science Monitor)

The Little-Known Reason Counties Keep Building Bigger Jails: Architecture Firms (The Intercept)

Life Stories from America’s Death Row (Plough)

How Outreach and Deep Canvassing Can Change Rural Politics (Yes! Magazine)

Savoring the Old-School Charm of Carolina Beach, one of NC’s Oldest Beach Towns (Washington Post)

How Capital Punishment Fell Out of Favor (Yes! Magazine)

In Rural, Conservative North Carolina County, Anti-Jail Movement Takes Shape (Shadowproof)

Building a Truly Effective D&I Initiative (Journal of Accountancy)

The Women Fighting for Prison Abolition Believe a Better World is Possible (Glamour)

How to Meet People Who are Different from You (Yes! Magazine)

Making Space for Restorative Justice (Yes! Magazine)

Yes, You Can Change Someone’s Mind (Yes! Magazine)

How Not to Deal with a Confederate Monument (Mic)

When School is Based on What Kids Want to Learn (Yes! Magazine)

Cohousing’s Diversity Problem (CityLab)

We Aren’t So Different–3 Steps to Approach Hate and Fear (Yes! Magazine)

How to Build a Successful Babysitting Cooperative (

Dancing with Lucius (Contact Quarterly Newsletter)

Work in Progress: What’s Wrong With D.C.’s Modern Dance Scene? (Washington City Paper)

For Violin Maker Howard Needham, a Rarefied World (Washington Post Magazine)

Me and the Wild Beast (Geez Magazine)

Glut Food Store Marks 40 Lean Years of Cheap and Funky (Washington Post)

Neighborhood Ice Cream Shops in the Washington Area (Washington Post)

Coffee Roaster is out to Educate, Cup by Cup (Washington Post)

See Washington, D.C., Like a Local (Los Angeles Times)