I was surprised to read your article about the difficulties the Church Association for Community Services (CACS) and one of its home buyers encountered (“House of Pain,” 10/26). Having developed a number of houses under an affordable-housing program, I know that many and varied problems can arise, and a great deal of patience is required to bring most projects to fruition. It is unfortunate that patience ran out in this case.

I want to note that my dealings with the CACS have been highly productive. The group, which has completed seven very successful projects, is helping the New Community Housing Development Organization (NCHDO) launch a comprehensive program in Ward 5’s Carver Terrace, Ivy City, and Trinidad neighborhoods. The NCHDO’s program incorporates housing renovation, homeownership, worker training, and job placement, while helping low-income families purchase their own homes.

The participation of the CACS continues to be key to the program’s success.

President, Institute for Local Self-Reliance