Mortar and Muscle

Building Community and Assets Through Self-Help Housing

By the Annie E. Casey Foundation

November 25, 2005

Summary

This brief looks at the experiences of families working together to build their own homes through self-help housing programs. Through personal stories and descriptions of promising programs across the country, we illustrate how self-help projects strengthen communities, stabilize families and help them achieve economic success. 

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Key Takeaway

Building Community, Ensuring Economic Success

Self-help housing programs that organize low-income families to work together to construct homes for themselves and their neighbors not only help these families to develop community connections, but also to lower their debt and help their children thrive. It's a win/win for all. 

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