As cities have experienced a renaissance in recent decades, many have taken up the economic, social, and moral questions surrounding the process of gentrification. As residents that have called their neighborhoods home for generations face economic displacement, and low-income workers who make the growth of cities possible cannot find affordable housing near their jobs, faith communities and others have taken up the cause in many forms - services to low-income neighbors, advocacy for affordable housing, and more. One particularly creative approach is gaining steam - using land owned by faith institutions to increase the stock of affordable housing. Read about how churches in the Washington, DC, metropolitan area are forging multi-million dollar partnerships with private developers and government to build housing on their land in this article from the Washington Post.
Learn more about the Faith-Based Development Initiative of Enterprise Community Partners.
And check out this creative approach by one congregation in Washington, DC, to support other congregations to get involved in this affordable housing movement:
Just Homes - Just Homes is a housing initiative of The District Church that seeks to connect the most vulnerable residents of the District of Columbia with justice housing by helping build justice housing on vacant church-owned land, investing locally in justice housing endeavors, and serving low-income households in our community as they make their house a home.