Shelter and Society

Theory, Research, and Policy for Nonprofit Housing

Edited by C. Theodore Koebel

Subjects: Urban And Regional Planning
Series: SUNY series in Urban Public Policy
Paperback : 9780791437902, 279 pages, April 1998
Hardcover : 9780791437896, 279 pages, April 1998

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Table of contents


Chapter 1. Nonprofit Housing: Theory, Research, and Policy

C. Theodore Koebel

Part I: Theory

Chapter 2. The Theory of the Nonprofit Sector in Housing

Richard Steinberg

Chapter 3. Public-Private Partnerships for Affordable Housing: Definitions and Applications in an International Perspective

C. Theodore Koebel, Richard Steinberg, and Robert Dyck

Chapter 4. Beyond the Theory of Comparative Advantage: Political Imperatives of the Government-Nonprofit Relationship

Bishwapriya Sanyal

Part II: Research

Chapter 5. Philanthropy and the Housing Crisis: Dilemmas of Private Charity and Public Policy in the United States

Peter Dreier

Chapter 6. Nonprofit Developers and Managers: The Evolution of their Role in U.S. Housing Policy

Rachel G. Bratt

Chapter 7. The Development of the Social Rental Sector in Western Europe in Relation to Housing Policy

Peter J. Boelhouwer and Harry M. H. van der Heijden

Chapter 8. Do Community Development Corporations Live Up to their Billing? A Review and Critique of the Research Findings

William M. Rohe

Chapter 9. Nonprofit Housing: A Study of Costs and Funding

Scott Hebert and James Wallace

Chapter 10. The Tortuous Path of Nonprofit Development

C. Theodore Koebel

Part III: Policy

Chapter 11. Restructuring the Nonprofit Sector: On Lessons Learned from American and European Experience

Robert B. Whittlesey

Chapter 12. Responding to the Crisis in Nonprofit Housing

C. Theodore Koebel



An in-depth examination of the non-profit housing sector that covers theory, research, and policy.


Dissatisfied with the performance of government and the for-profit sector in the provision of low-income housing, housing policymakers have increasingly turned to the nonprofit sector. The nonprofit housing sector, despite its small size in the United States and its serious problems with production and management capacity, benefits in the public eye from the positive aura of volunteerism, coupled with the vague promise of shifting governmental fiscal burdens to philanthropy and private charity. But despite the favorable aura of nonprofit housing, governments and housing advocates in the United States display limited understanding of the nonprofit sector. This book addresses this deficiency by examining theory, research, and policy. It moves beyond descriptions of current nonprofit housing providers and the programs they use, to a deeper level of understanding of the nonprofit housing sector, providing the policymaker, administrator, and advocate, as well as the scholar and student, with the theoretical and research grounding from which to develop better policies, practices, and research.

Contributors to this book include Peter J. Boelhouwer, Rachel G. Bratt, Peter Dreier, Robert Dyck, Scott Hebert, C. Theodore Koebel, William M. Rohe, Bishwapriya Sanyal, Richard Steinberg, Harry M. H. van der Heiden, James Wallace, and Robert B. Whittlesey.

C. Theodore Koebel is Director of the Center for Housing Research and Associate Professor of Housing and Urban Planning at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University. He is the author of Urban Redevelopment, Displacement, and the Future of the American City and coauthor of The Virginia Housing Atlas: Housing Trends and Patterns to 1990.