Case | HBS Case Collection | June 2003 (Revised December 2003)

Nehemiah Strategy, The: Bringing it to Boston

by Diana Barrett, Arthur I Segel and Sheila McCarthy


In 2003, Lee Stuart, who had successfully used the Nehemiah Strategy to create thousands of units of affordable housing in the South Bronx, was working with the Greater Boston Interfaith Organization to implement the strategy in Boston. She and her colleagues faced a number of challenges in transferring the strategy, with some questioning whether the strategy was appropriate for the Boston marketplace. The project was at a critical point, and key decisions had to be made regarding project direction. Teaching Purpose: To explore a model of building affordable housing and the challenge of implementing it in different communities.

Keywords: Strategy; Boston;


Barrett, Diana, Arthur I Segel, and Sheila McCarthy. "Nehemiah Strategy, The: Bringing it to Boston." Harvard Business School Case 303-130, June 2003. (Revised December 2003.)