Now, new evidence cited by housing advocates suggest increasing effective partnerships between developers and faith-based organizations with underutilized or vacant real estate holdings could help ease the nation’s affordable housing crisis.

When these partnerships are done right, said Rev. David Bowers, vice president and Mid-Atlantic market leader for Enterprise Community Partners — a national nonprofit that brings together know-how, partners, policy leadership and investment to multiply the impact of local affordable housing — they can significantly increase the development of affordable housing nationwide.

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