Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco

Community Development

International Housing Partnership Exchange

Author(s): Thomas A. Bledsoe and Paul Weech, Housing Partnership Network

March 2011

Community Development Investment Review

The U.S. nonprofit leaders and the European nonprofit leaders alike discovered that nonprofit housing organizations, no matter how different the policy environment, all share the mission of addressing the needs of homeless families and low-income workers. Regardless of our different locations, we are similarly charged with reducing concentrations of poverty, revitalizing communities, and generating earned income to sustain and grow nonprofit companies. As a result, a powerful bond emerged among this group of 30 nonprofit leaders from the United States, the Netherlands, and England, based on the transformative power of social enterprise and peer exchange.

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