by Thomas P. Deyo,
Deputy Director, Green, National Real Estate
and Community Stabilization
|This home was once foreclosed and abandoned. |
NHS of New Haven rehabilitated it and sold it.
The time is now to respond with a plan that takes the available resource that is impacting community strength and turn it into a community opportunity. In simple measure the plan calls for nonprofits to acquire, rehab, and maintain properties, rent at affordable rents to low- and moderate-income community residents, and when markets return sell at affordable prices to these same households and return to government a share of the proceeds to compensate for lower acquisition costs. (See NeighborWorks America comment letter.) This is not easy or simple but requires commitment and recognition that to make an opportunity requires taking some risk.