Acquiring Resources for Neighborhood Resurrection

in God and Government in the Ghetto

Published by University of Chicago Press

Published in print December 2007 | ISBN: 9780226642062
Published online March 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780226642086 | DOI:
Acquiring Resources for Neighborhood Resurrection

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This chapter examines how activist African American churches in New York City used the resources of the Ten Year Plan to build places like the Thomas Houses, and explains that these churches were located in the impoverished black neighborhoods that contained the bulk of the city-owned properties suitable for redevelopment as affordable housing. It describes how these churches exchanged their participation in public–private partnerships to obtain resources, policy discretion from the city government, and opportunities to influence the implementation of public policy to their advantage and that of their neighborhoods.

Keywords: African American churches; New York City; Ten Year Plan; Thomas House; affordable housing; public–private partnerships; policy discretion; public policy

Chapter.  11507 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: US Politics

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