Faith-Based Home Rescue

While the rest of the Conservatism/Republicanism is languishing on Whither?ing Heights and mutually anathematizing each other, Prof. K. quietly comes up with a good idea: using the Community Development Corporation model that's been so successful in revamping urban communities.
here’s my thought for a suburban [CDC: a big church or group of churches creates a CDC to raise capital from its members and from local foundations. It uses the capital to help community members restructure mortgages that imperil their homeownership. In exchange, those who are thus assisted give a certain number of hours of service to the CDC. (I’m sure that church members who were once or are still in the financial industry would also be willing to provide assistance.) Those who are assisted still have to repay a loan, but the terms are set by people who wish to save a neighborhood and its inhabitants, rather than by those who have a responsibility to shareholders--wherever they are--to make a profit. Since the CDC would have lower overhead and employment costs than a for-profit lender or a government agency, the terms of the loans it makes or facilitates could be more generous. Those who are assisted do not become dependent upon government but rather are integrated into a community.

If this can work in neighborhoods where "social capital" is relatively scarce, it ought to be very promising in neighborhoods where one might reasonably expect to find more people with stakes in the area, contacts in the community, and job (and other coping) skills.

RTWT. Prof. K.'s of the opinion that a family home crisis is also a family values crisis. He's right. (In fact, I think I could make a fair case that despite appearances, this was a family values election.) At any rate, I like it: supporting families, building communities, taxing no one, respecting subsidiarity. We are the change we've been waiting for!