Religious Action for Affordable Housing in Ann Arbor, Mich., works to increase the amount of affordable housing in a variety of ways. It has raised hundreds of thousands of dollars for the Avalon Housing project.
United Power for Action and Justice in Chicago is a coalition of people from religious, civic, health and labor organizations. Through Ezra Community Homes, it has built 1,000 affordable homes on the city’s West Side.
Bethel New Life, a faith-based community development corporation on the West Side of Chicago. It has built 1,100 units of affordable housing in its neighborhood, including single-family homes and a five-acre campus with a 125-unit apartment building.
Churches Supporting Churches is a program to help rebuild 36 churches destroyed or damaged in 12 predominantly African-American neighborhoods in New Orleans. The National Council of Churches is working with six denominations on the project.
BUILD is a coalition of 20 congregations in Lexington, Ky., that is concerned about affordable housing.
St. John’s Community Development Corp., a project of St. John’s Baptist Church in Miami, to create affordable housing and offers home ownership counseling. It has created more than 40 homes and multifamily units.
The Washington Interfaith Network is a coalition of 45 congregations that works on increasing the amount of affordable housing, both by building it and by lobbying city officials to create it. WIN is affiliated with the Industrial Areas Foundation.
The West Central Episcopal Mission in Spokane, Wash., is dedicated to relieving urban poverty, addressing the root of its causes, and saving the environment one step at a time. The Rev. Kris Christensen is executive director and urban missioner.
ARISE includes 12,000 members of congregations and community groups around Albany, N.Y. Affordable housing is one of its goals, and it is promoting a regional housing plan.