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Nonprofit perceptions of local government performance in affordable housing

Robert Mark Silverman (Department of Urban and Regional Planning and Center for Urban Studies, University at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York, USA)

International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis

ISSN: 1753-8270

Article publication date: 7 August 2009



The purpose of this paper is to examine how executive directors of nonprofit organizations perceive local government performance in affordable housing. It builds on a larger body of research concerning the affordable housing activities of government and community‐based nonprofit housing organizations at the local level.


This analysis is based on a national survey of neighborhood housing services (NHS) organizations funded by Neighborworks® America. The survey included questions about local government performance in affordable housing and perceptions of factors influencing local government funding decisions. Survey data were supplemented with information gathered from the Neighborworks® America website.


The findings of this paper indicate that NHS organizations are not completely satisfied with local government performance. Local government performance in affordable housing received lower grades than other levels of government, as well as intermediary organizations and private financial institutions. This dissatisfaction is expressed through nonprofit fields in which these organizations are embedded. These fields have witnessed declining governmental support for affordable housing and expanding influence from philanthropic organizations and the private sector.


This paper highlights the need for government to assume a broader and more activist role in affordable housing policy. In essence, government needs to assume a more activist stance and forge stronger partnerships with nonprofits in response to the growing influence of intermediary organizations and the private sector in nonprofit fields. This would temper some of the excesses brought on by the devolution and nonprofitization of affordable housing policy and neoliberal influences on public policy more generally.



Silverman, R.M. (2009), "Nonprofit perceptions of local government performance in affordable housing", International Journal of Housing Markets and Analysis, Vol. 2 No. 3, pp. 253-262.



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