Background and Overview
CNU-MCC member, Lee Hardy, received a generous grant from the Calvin Institute for Christian Worship in 2019-2020 to travel and study the various ways Christian communities are responding to the challenge of affordable housing in their neighborhoods. The grant took him beyond his home base in Grand Rapids to Denver, Detroit, Philadelphia, Hamilton Ontario, and the Netherlands. The results of Hardy’s study are made available here.
This affordable housing toolkit is organized as a menu of options for action based on the resources a church might have at its disposal—money, time, partnerships, land, buildings, and the like. See the links below. Each option is accompanied by examples, with photos, descriptions, and additional links. There are also pages that provide basic information on housing markets and affordable real estate development, suggestions for advocacy, as well as a page of resources for churches that want to bring the needs of the homeless and the housing insecure into their worship services.
If you are a member of a community of faith that needs professional guidance on advancing affordable housing in your city or on church property, consider contacting Sara Joy Proppe, member of the Christian Caucus of the Congress for the New Urbanism, at the Proximity Project.
If you know of a faith-initiated affordable housing project that fits the parameters and aims of this study, and would like to see it represented in the CNU-MCC website, please contact Lee Hardy using the form below.