Authors: Peter Dreier
Fannie Mae Foundation

This article examines how American philanthropy has sought to address the nation's housing crisis, especially among the poor. Since the mid-1800s, wealthy philanthropists and private charitiable foundations have tried in various ways to tackle America's low-income housing problems. Since the early 1980s, private philanthropy (primarily through corporate and community foundations) has significantly increased its role in housing issues. This article attempts to answer the question: What lessons can we draw from these past efforts in terms of solving America's current housing problems?

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