Under One Roof

Community Economic Development and Housing in the Inner City

By Lawrence Deane  

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Under One Roof is a case study of an innovative and alternative model of community economic development, one quite at odds with the conventional “export/free market model” of CED. Using the North End Housing Project in Winnipeg as his focus, Lawrence Deane assesses the strategy of housing as the centrepiece for CED. The people in William Whyte neighbourhood founded and ran NEHP to buy, renovate, rent and sell housing to residents in one of the lowest-income locales in the city. Their efforts provided adequate, affordable shelter and increased the surrounding housing values. In addition, the project was a catalyst for jobs for the unemployed, for developing the economic structure for the area and for building social capital in the neighbourhood. The project also included a strong Aboriginal focus. The lessons learned at NEHP will be valuable to anyone concerned with community development that works.

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  • Introduction
  • Equity or Growth? Public Policies for Appropriate Development
  • An Alternative Neighbourhood Economic Development Strategy
  • Community Economic Development and Aboriginal Culture
  • The Impact of Housing Reinvestment
  • Employment Creation and Income Retention
  • Social Cost Benefit Analysis
  • Explorations in Urban Aboriginal Neighbourhood Development
  • Community Building
  • Implications for Neighbourhood Renewal


  • Lawrence Deane

    University of Manitoba

    Lawrence Deane is an associate professor in the Faculty of Social Work at the University of Manitoba, where he teaches in the Inner City Social Work Program. Lawrie has worked in community development for over twenty years, first in India, then in Winnipeg’s inner city, and more recently in China. He is the author of Under One Roof: Community Economic Development and Housing in the Inner City

    (Fernwood 2006).

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