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Using New Haven as its context, this paper makes an argument both local and global. Namely, that the nonprofit sector not only plays (and has played) an important and underappreciated role in housing America’s urban poor, in New Haven and elsewhere, but that the sector offers unique benefits that cannot be easily replicated by public housing or vouchers, much less the free market. Compared to these other housing development models, moreover, nonprofits have the most to lose in the current political and academic environment. Accordingly, federal, state, and local policymakers should tread carefully before winnowing away subsidies (or other benefits) that these organizations depend upon to do their work.


SAW Final Draft, April 27, 2017