Community Development Innovation Review

February 2014

Scaling Social Enterprises: Flexible Responses for Neighborhood Stabilization


Social enterprise models have been critical in the recent crisis because resources are few, the need is great, and the challenges are new. Since 2007, the market has changed rapidly and frequently. Significant federal policy response did not arrive until 2009; and in 2013, public stimulus has largely been exhausted even as foreclosures continue to affect millions. In this changing market context, social enterprises have the advantage of an inherently responsive and flexible approach to creating social impact through a self-sustaining, or at least highly efficient, business platform.

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Other articles in this issue

Innovative Strategies for Mitigating the Foreclosure Crisis and Stabilizing Communities

Policy Lessons from the Neighborhood Stabilization Innovations Initiative

Targeted Neighborhood Stabilization: Lessons in Resilience in Weak Market Cities

Rethinking Tenure: Building a Diverse Landscape of Affordable Housing Options

Strengthening Neighborhood Stabilization: Refining Business Models for Housing Counseling

The Federal Housing Administration’s Distressed Asset Stabilization Program: An Innovative Solution for Addressing the National and Local Impacts of the Recession

Reflections on the Crisis: The Need for Public Sector Entrepreneurialism

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing in REO-to-Rental Programs

Foreclosure Recovery: The Work That Remains