Yachad and the church partner then work jointly to design a strategic plan for the new CDC. The plan disciplines the development process by creating a priority list of projects. Yachad helps the new CDCs apply for government or foundation funds and, if requested, contributes modest funds of its own to support CDC operations.
Yachad also helps with preliminary investigative work required for real estate development, including securing property titles, conducting architectural and environmental reviews, preparing project proposals, and selecting a developer.
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A second Yachad initiative, Sukkot-in-April, enlists synagogues to repair the homes of low-income elderly and disabled people in the community. Each year of the last Sunday in April, hundreds of Jewish volunteers work from dawn until dusk painting and patching walls; fixing broken windows; clearing yards, renovating leaking roofs and rotten floors; replacing bathrooms, kitchens, and faulty electrical systems; and adding handrails to make homes handicapped accessible.
Skilled carpenters, plumbers, roofers, electricians, and other professionals assist on homes needed extensive rehabilitation. Sukkot-in-April is carried out in partnership with the national Christmas-in-April volunteer repair initiative.
It is name for the Jewish harvest festival commemorating the ancient time when Jews built temporary shelters in the desert after fleeing Egypt. In addition to homes, Sukkot-in-April volunteers have also worked on schools and community facilities. Now the repairs are all done. Since , more than 1, Jewish volunteers have repaired over 80 homes. Sukkot-in- April has become one of the largest Jewish-sponsored home repair efforts in the nation. In , 20 synagogues and Jewish organizations have participated, and Yachad is laying the groundwork to expand the program beyond Washington to other cities with Christmas-in-April chapters.
The groups pay from 0 to 3 percent interest. The fund is capitalized by Jewish investors who agree to accept below-market returns and keep their dollars in the fund for at least three years. By helping churches embrace community development, Yachad is also working to spread a proven revitalization strategy.
Despite the booming economy nationwide, shortages of affordable housing remain and pockets of poverty persist, especially in cities that are doing well. These figures show that in the Washington area alone, 68, families spend more than 50 percent of their income on rent and 26, D. The community development approach, which combines involvement with bricks and mortar, is making progress in addressing problems that conventional initiatives could not fix. The CDC strategy works well, but too few neighborhoods are being served by these organizations.
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