The vast majority of faith based housing development is led by developers and other powerful drivers outside of the faith community

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Our Objective

1) We aim to change the power imbalance and enhance faith communities’ capacity to enter into equal partnerships

which utilize their resources in ways that are financially sustainable and consistent with their historical mission and lead to the development of deeply affordable housing.

2) We strive to help New York’s faith leaders become more conversant and knowledgeable

with the entire process of directing their resources towards the development of affordable, supportive or transitional housing for New York’s most vulnerable populations and to provide a “safe haven” where these issues and processes can be explored while ensuring that the needs and objectives of the faith partner is preserved and respected.

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We help congregations grow their mission to serve their communities and better use faith property

We help congregations to understand their properties’ potential, and work with partners committed to mission-driven development.

Our objective is to help New York’s faith leaders become more conversant and knowledgeable with the entire process of directing their resources towards the development of affordable, supportive or transitional housing.

We work to build trust and assist our potential faith development partners

We help them identify attorneys, architects, private and government financing entities, planners, and others to help them navigate "church" cultures, and use the considerable available financial, technical, and legal tools and gifts to help congregations fulfill their mission ethically.

We also work with denomination leaders to support congregational development and assist in identifying strategies and resources to enable their mission and community to survive and thrive while not succumbing to the pressures to use their properties in mission inconsistent ways that lead to gentrification and displacement.

We help to orient congregations and faith partners with regard to the needs of their local and regional neighbors

Our target populations are community-based housing providers, professionals, and clergy and lay leaders from a cross section of faith communities in NYC seeking to help congregations grow in their mission, serve their communities, and better use faith property for mission-driven development - as well as to help promote related policy solutions.

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Rebecca Amato - Director of Teaching and Learning at Illinois Humanities

“Doesn’t God Dwell Here Anymore? Decommissioning places of worship and integrated management of ecclesiastical cultural heritage”

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“New York’s Trinity Church has a diverse investment portfolio worth $6 billion”

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C. J. Hughes - New York Times

“For Churches, a Temptation to Sell: Religious leaders ponder whether selling their buildings to developers is really the best way to protect their congregations”

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Jane Margolies - New York Times

“The Church With the $6 Billion Portfolio”

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Lincoln Anderson -The Villager

“Alec Baldwin to moderate Judson event on gentrification”

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Jonathan Merritt - The Atlantic

“America’s Epidemic of Empty Churches: Religious communities often face a choice: Sell off the buildings they can no longer afford, or find a way to fill them with new uses”

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