In the late 1990s, the leadership of the district Conservation Services (NCS) of Barberton, Ohio – founded a nonprofit organization housing rehabilitation project two decades ago, to the decline of aging industrial city – found his once popular mission suddenly become politically controversial. The long unassailable idea of ​​using public funds low-interest loans to lower income homeowners aim will of elected officials in the city of 28,000 surveyed officials concerned … Read more »

In the late 1990s, the leadership of the district Conservation Services (NCS) of Barberton, Ohio – founded a nonprofit organization housing rehabilitation project two decades ago, to the decline of aging industrial city – found his once popular mission suddenly become politically controversial. The long unassailable idea of ​​using public funds low-interest loans to lower income homeowners aim will of elected officials in the city of 28,000 surveyed officials concerned that limiting loans to those with low incomes – in conjunction with a concentration of social housing and housing benefit – perhaps Barberton make a “magnet” for low-income households. A mayor intent on reviving the city tax base and attracting and retaining the middle class challenged NCS to show how their policies might help the city. This new political climate turned a difficult and crucial strategic challenge for the organization – rely on funds voted by the city council for the overwhelming majority of its budget. NCS, thought leadership, would have opportunities to bring his mission with the new political climate in the city in line or find a new way to find to fund their programs – or simply close up shop. This nonprofit management case is discussed how organizational strategy should adapt to political change. In particular, the question of the extent and nature of the obligation of which receive public money is to defer people’s representatives. The case can also be used in the discussion of housing policy per se, to explore the question of when and where housing subsidies are appropriate. HKS case number 1,707.0
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Howard Husock,
David Brown,
Christine W. Letts
29 pages.
Release date: 01 November 2003. Prod #: HKS143-PDF-ENG
Neighborhood Conservation Services Barberton: Reaction to the Magic City HBR case solution Change

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