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Avenue CDC Celebrates Logo Launch in Houston’s Near Northside Neighborhood

Tuesday Jul 14, 2015 - Comments: 0
Residents and community leaders in Houston’s Near Northside neighborhood celebrated their new neighborhood logo at a launch party in early May. The event, held at the Red Ox Bar & Grill in Northside Village, featured the logo unveiling, speeches by local residents about the history and identity of the neighborhood, and remarks from representatives of elected officials, the Chamber of Commerce, and Avenue CDC.

Payday Lending Alternatives

Tuesday May 26, 2015 - Comments: 0
Payday lending allows someone to take out a loan by using their paycheck as collateral. While these instruments are addressing a need that exists, they often charge high user fees and interest rates. The Community Development Corporation (CDC) of Brownsville and the Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) of Baltimore, along with other like-minded institutions, have designed their own short-term lending programs with more forgiving rates and fees that are less risky for the vulnerable communities they serve.

The ‘Sankofa Initiative’ – A High Impact Urban Agricultural Community

Friday May 22, 2015 - Comments: 1
West Elmwood Housing Development Corporation is creating an innovative, multi-faceted urban agricultural community in Providence's West End that aims to boost the health, housing, and economic prospects of their residents. The program is ambitious, expansive, and has the potential to significantly redefine and revitalize this diverse community.

Lease Purchase Agreements – History and Promise

Wednesday May 20, 2015 - Comments: 0
Lease purchase agreements were designed to help renters become homeowners without the use of traditional financing tools. But do they actually work? The Center for American Progress (CAP) recently published a report that considers the history, advantages and potential pitfalls of these arrangements, as well as suggests ways to make them more effective.

Building Vibrant Spaces through the ‘Power of 10’

Thursday May 7, 2015 - Comments: 2
The Project for Public Spaces (PPS) believes that successful places have options - They have a lot going on that appeals to a large and diverse body of people. This idea is captured in the 'Power of Ten' - a growth model developed by PPS that argues the key to revitalizing neglected spaces is to give people multiple reasons to visit by strategically boosting the number and variety of things to do.

The Slavic Village Neighborhood Reinvestment Model

Tuesday Apr 28, 2015 - Comments: 0
Housing and community development organizations have come up with a 'critical mass' revitalization model for Slavic Village - a Cleveland neighborhood - with the goal of removing every existing problem property through strategic cost-cutting and operational streamlining techniques. The program has yielded some promising early stage results.