Case Studies

Unless otherwise indicated, the research team gathered information and quotes in the following six case studies through interviews, site visits, surveys, and organizations’ literature. All demographic data is from the U.S. Census Bureau.

Study Site Comparisons

Project
Marksdale Gardens
Bancroft Apartments
New Heritage
House Apartments
Location
Boston
Boston
Denver, CO
Sponsor
Self-sponsored
Urban Edge
Atlantis Community Inc.
Project Type
Tenant Cooperative
Rental Buildings
Rental Building
Building Type
178 Townhouse Units
45 2-, 3- & 4-bedroom Units
34 unit/3-Story 
Apartment Building 
Program
HUD Foreclosed Prop. Disp.; 
Sec. 8
HUD Foreclosed Prop. Disp.; 
Sec. 8
RTC Affordable 
Housing Disp.
Acquisition Date
1984
1981
1991
Income Range
NA
$5,000-$25,000
$10,000-$25,000
Monthly Rent Range
$432
$783-$1,043
$290-$350
Household Type
2-Parent Families 
1- and 2-Parent Families
Primarily Single 
Residents

 

Project
Grace Apartments
Homesteading Program
507 West 140th Street
Location
Denver, CO
South Chicago
Scattered Sites
New York City
Sponsor
Mercy Housing Incorporated 
ACORN Housing Corp. of IL, Inc.
Community Service Society of NY
Project Type
Rental Buildings 
Community Land Trust
Tenant Cooperative
Building Type
Two Buildings/53 Units 
50 Single Family Homes 
16 Unit Apartment Building
Program
RTC Affordable Housing Disp.
HUD Foreclosed Property Disp.
Ownership Transfer Program (CSS)
Acquisition Date
1992
1987 
(first house in pilot program)
1984
Income Range
$10,000-$12,500
$15,000-32,000
$5,000-$25,000
Monthly Rent Range
$351-400
$500 
$212-$300
Household Type
NA
1- and 2-Parent Families
1- and 2-Parent Families; 
Singles 

John Atlas
John Atlas is a found of Shelterforce and board chair emeritus. He is the producer of ACORN and the Firestorm, a film directed by Reuben Atlas and Sam Pollard and author of SEEDS OF CHANGE: The Story of ACORN, America's Most Controversial Anti-Poverty Community Group. He is also the former executive director of the Passaic County Legal Aid Society.
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Ellen Shoshkes is an architect and planner based in Hoboken, New Jersey. Ellen is was formerly director of housing research in the Architecture and Building Sciences Group at New Jersey Institute of Technology. She co-authored Saving Affordable Housing for NHI.

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