Date of Award

Spring 2018

Document Type

Capstone Restricted

Degree Name

Doctor of Public Administration (DPA)


Public Policy and Administration

Committee Chairperson

Kristen B. Crossney, Ph.D.

Committee Member

Mark W. Davis, Ph.D, MPA


As local governments face new public management challenges within the 21st century, none has become more importantly locally in the Charleston, South Carolina region than the affordable housing crisis. Public officials surrounding the Charleston region are facing challenges of growth and expansion rates that have never been seen before. With the number of options limited for local government officials to utilize, they must revolutionize new theories and concepts in order to help solve the affordable housing crisis that the region is presently facing.

The purpose of this project is to identify the challenges public administrators face surrounding the affordable housing crisis in the Charleston, South Carolina region. The project discusses new modern governance ideas and concepts, specifically collaborative governance, as proposed alternatives to help alleviate the struggle and strain of providing adequate affordable housing solutions. Early efforts of collaborative governance have been successful at this point in time. City of Charleston Mayor John Tecklenburg’s efforts offer the potential for hope and modernization of public policy decision making in the region. Local government officials should focus their efforts in utilizing collaborative governance as a new modern public administration tool. This case study of analyzing the affordable housing crisis within the Charleston region serves as a model for other regions across the United States that could potentially face similar circumstances in the 21st century.