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Making Housing Happen: Faith-based Affordable Housing Models [Paperback]

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Pages   270
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 6.04" Height: 0.72"
Weight:   1.02 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Aug 31, 2006
Publisher   Chalice Press
ISBN  0827223323  
EAN  9780827223325  

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The national housing crisis is something congregations and faith-based groups often want to address, yet feel powerless to do so in the face of this daunting and confusing problem. Making Housing Happen clearly shows how churches are addressing the housing crisis from Los Angeles to New York City. The book's three parts motivate the reader to action. The first part, The Foundation, puts a face on the kind of people in need of affordable housing, provides a solid theological foundation for an affordable housing ministry, and an overview of U.S. housing policies. Part II, Tangible Structures, features housing development models, each demonstrating best practices and workable solutions illustrated by true stories. The last section of the book, Intangible Structures, discusses ways that people of faith have created affordable housing without actually building it?for example, by changing laws and designing new structures or new financial tools that have resulted in housing solutions.

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Reviews - What do our customers think?
What we've been waiting for  Jan 14, 2007
Jill integrates the stories of people across the nation who are looking beyond their own interests to engage through the challenges on behalf of those less fortunate. This is such a timely work in light of our escalating housing crisis. She brings to light those who refuse to "look the other way" who go beyond, "isn't it a good idea" or "someone ought to. . ." to partner with Christ's mandate to remember "the least of these."
Excellent source for examples  Jan 6, 2007
In this day of pontification, this book is a welcome relief with real examples. It's practical and informative. It's a worthwhile read!
Safe and Sanitary Housing  Dec 30, 2006
Wayne Lusvardi rating seems to be based on his disagreement with Jill's philosophy, and is not a review of the book itself. He is more concerned about the loss of his property values than with the squalor that the poor and lower middle class experience. He blames migrants, who cannot afford the $1300 monthly rents and $2600 deposits for driving up those rents.

The chapters in Jill's book illustrate the approaches used around the country that have worked and have made it possible for many to people to have access to safe and sanitary housing, something most of us take for granted.

The book should be read by everyone who is interested in affordable housing, even those who think that the Protestant work ethic and American Capitalism are in the Bible. It might spark an idea that is consistent with your own philosophy.
Worldly-based housing affordability models  Dec 28, 2006
Through her new book, Jill Shook, a housing activist in Pasadena, California, has become the de facto spokesperson of the Evangelical Left's new social movement to combat the so-called "affordable housing crisis." The book jacket contains endorsements by many leaders of the Evangelical Left - Tony Campolo, Ronald J. Sider, and oddly has a preface by Dr. John Perkins, who doesn't fit the label. I found Shook's book problematic on both empirical and theological grounds.

In Shook's hometown of Pasadena the reality of housing affordability is the reverse of what Shook portrays. One-third of the population by the U.S. Census is low income, mostly migrants from Mexico (God bless them). If there truly was an "affordable housing crisis" for the poor, how could one third of the populous afford housing in such an upscale suburban community? By doubling-up in housing and gobbling up the lowest rungs on the housing affordability ladder, migrants have driven up rents, driven the working class out of affordable housing and driven the homeless out of former flophouses.

Contra Shook's notion that scattered gentrification drives the poor out of affordable housing, California court decisions, urban riots partly fomented by those on the political Left, anti-landlord enforcement of eviction and relocation laws, and rent control have made migrants into a protected class in the first concentric ring of neighborhoods surrounding Los Angeles. Moreover, Shook has no comprehension that her advocacy of inclusionary housing, "smart-growth," rent control, landlord divestiture of properties to the poor, and her opposition to gentrification actually will worsen the affordable housing crisis rather than lessen it.

Many of the housing projects described in Shook's book entailed the removal of older, "affordable" housing units at lower densities and replacement with luxury housing at higher densities, with some units set aside for low income occupants subsidized by the rents of other tenants. Since when do we consider the entitlement to luxury housing (or a luxury car or gourmet food) a religious or Christian obligation? Shook and her co-authors fail to tell readers that nearly all of the "faith-based" affordable housing case studies in her book relied on government funding.

Theologically problematic is Shook's disguising of the neo-Marxist advocacy model of Saul Alinsky and the Industrial Areas Foundation as what she calls the Biblical "Nehemiah Strategy" (Chap.15). The theological underpinning for her cafeteria of affordable housing models is mostly based on the Old Testament concept of "justice," by which she means wealth redistribution by coercive government. The highly selective use of Christian scripture in the book to support secular political methods and agendas is problematic.

Shook is oblivious to Jesus' observation that "man does not live by bread (or housing) alone." As such she doesn't recognize that religiosity (i.e., Max Weber's Protestant Work Ethic) can be conducive to affording housing in a capitalist society.

Her advocacy of compulsory "inclusionary housing," which diminishes the value of land of small property owners (not real estate developers) without "just" compensation, is contrary to the commandment "thou shall not steal." Even Shook's Biblical preference for homeless migrants runs against the moral of the scriptural story of King David confiscating a sheep from a rich man to give to a traveler in II Samuel 12.

The short chapter by Millard Fuller on Habitat for Humanity is worthwhile.

A Christian approach to such a complex issue as housing affordability in a modern technological society should entail the necessity of economic and sociological competency; but also an understanding that even our best efforts may lead to unintended consequences for which we need humility, grace and repentance not moral superiority and works righteousness.

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