Faith-Based Organizations in Community Development

August 1, 2001

Following the Bush administration's creation of the Office of Faith-Based Activities, the United States Department of Housing and Community Development sponsored this report to better understand the role of faith-based organizations in community development in the United States. Analyzing the work and structure of the many community development and housing corporations that are faith-based, the report offers several important findings: first, that community development activities administered by faith-based organizations are going on and will continue to go on, and second, that there is little institutional or systemic knowledge about what these activities entail, who they serve, or what their impacts are. The publication's authors also provide working definitions of different types of FBOs and lay out advantages and disadvantages of doing faith-based community development and housing work.

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