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Materials from Recent NeighborWorks Events

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NeighborWorks America sponsors a number of regional and national events focused on best practices and the latest in stabilization theory and practice. For each event below, you may review an event agenda and download materials by clicking on the agenda item link.


 December 11, 2013

Kansas City Symposium: Real World Solutions for Community Transformation

In the “big picture” of community development, stakeholders agree on the need for integrated strategies that link housing, health care, education, public safety, transportation and other quality-of-life issues – but they often struggle to achieve large-scale impact. To be successful, community development efforts require a shared vision, structures that support and sustain cross-sector collaboration, and entrepreneurial solutions that measurably deliver results. In December 2013, NeighborWorks America and other community development practitioners gathered for a day-long symposium to explore promising models of community change.

Learn more about the Symposium and find all symposium materials here.

August 20, 2013

Neighborhood Marketing Program Meeting

The Neighborhood Marketing Program Meeting provided an opportunity for the program participants to reflect on their accomplishments and discuss the important role of neighborhood branding and marketing in community stabilization efforts.  The attendees also shared successful strategies for creating community pride, engaging stakeholders and attracting and retaining residents, businesses and investment.




December 11, 2012

NeighborWorks America Community Stabilization Forum
The Community Stabilization Forum brought together members of the NeighborWorks network to discuss best practices, challenges and opportunities in pursuing comprehensive approaches to stabilizing and transforming communities. It also provided an opportunity to set priorities for how NeighborWorks America can help advance this work.



May 10-11, 2012
Nonprofit NSP2 Grantee Convening
This convening of nonprofit NSP2 grantees and their consortium partners was held at the NeighborWorks Training Institute in New Orleans.  Plenary sessions and breakouts focused on topics key to implementation of NSP2, including regulations and compliance, neighborhood marketing and home sales, financing, impact evaluation and more.





January 11, 2012
Webinar: Can Lease-Purchase Save Us?


  Sponsored by NeighborWorks America and the National Housing Institute/Shelterforce  


Shelterforce Editor Miriam Axel-Lute moderated this Webinar based on her Shelterforce articleby the same name.  Panelists included Bill Goldsmith of Mercy Portfolio Services in Chicago, John O'Callaghan of ANDP in Atlanta, and Staci Horwitz from Community of Lakes CLT in Minneapolis. Download the presentations here.


 October 20, 2011

Resilient Communities Forum Series: Neighborhood Revitalization

Increasingly instability in communities, coupled with shrinking resources and growing demand, has led many community development organizations to rethink how they invest in their local communities. On October 20, 2011, NeighborWorks America held the first in a Resilient Communities Forum Series on Neighborhood Revitalization. This event was designed to help participants learn about the Neighborhood Revitalization Initiative, which is working to help communities better align federal resources, and two local initiatives that connect housing with education and workforce development to improve the lives of residetns while rebuilding distressed communities. 

Learn more about the Forum and the presentations here.


August 31, 2011
Webinar: NSP Program Administration for Nonprofits
This webinar covered the key requirements for administering NSP funds.  It covered eligible administrative and activity delivery costs, including indirect rates.   Other topics included key financial management issues such as cost reasonableness, audits, program income and procurement.   The webinar also discussed the policies and procedures nonprofits need in order to effectively manage the program and suggestions for developing, adapting and implementing these policies and procedures, including good tools such as checklists.  Finally, the webinar discussed monitoring and tracking of partners, including NSP2 consortia members. 

July 14, 2011
Webinar: Managing Scattered Site Rental Programs
In this July 14th Webinar, participants got a tour of the new online Scattered Site Rental Toolkit, and heard presentations by two organizations that manage successful scattered site programs. Download the presentation here.

May 19, 2011, Detroit, Michigan

Nonprofit NSP2 Grantee Convening 

On Thursday, May 19, 2011, NeighborWorks America brought together nonprofit grantees along with their consortium partners for a one-day convening focused on implementation of Round 2 of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program. The event featured training clinics led by industry experts, peer sharing sessions, exciting keynote presentations, and Q&A with HUD staff. 




November 9, 2010, Providence, Rhode Island

Building Stable Communities: A Regional Forum on Responding to Foreclosure 

On Tuesday, November 9, 2010 NeighborWorks® America and the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston convened a one-day regional symposium in Providence, RI to explore the effects of foreclosure in New England.  This invitation-only forum drew representatives of the housing and community development, philanthropy, finance, and other allied fields to discuss comprehensive and innovative strategies to stabilize communities.  Select individual materials from the event agenda below. 


Welcome and Opening Plenary



Reporting in from the Region: Innovative Interventions to Stabilize Communities



Innovative Interventions from Around the Country


Luncheon Plenary: Recognizing and Addressing the Social Impacts of Foreclosure and Displacement



Aligning Resources for Neighborhood Stabilization 


Comprehensive Community Stabilization


  • Chris Krehmeyer - “The Beyond in Beyond Housing” 
  • Jessica Anders 

 Supplemental Resources

December 2, 2010, Columbus, Ohio  
Sustainable Strategies, Best Practices:  A Regional Workshop on Neighborhood Stabilization

Stabilizing neighborhoods is a challenge for many communities in the wake of the foreclosure crisis. This regional workshop was designed to give community development practitioners tools for REO acquisition and disposition strategies within the parameters of the Neighborhood Stabilization Program, as well as an overview of several approaches to achieving transformative neighborhood change. This action-packed, content-rich workshop included breakout sessions on lease-purchase, land banking, rental projects, and buyer financing. Discussion breakouts focused on developing a "plan B" for disposition, evaluating success, NSP 3, and navigating the new political landscape.  A reception following the workshop featured a marketing strategy fair with many affordable housing developers sharing their marketing and sales strategies.   



Opening Panel: REO Properties, Housing Markets and the Shadow Inventory


Break Out Presentations 

 Lease-Purchase: Learning from Experience

 Status Report: Developing Rental Housing with NSP

 Buyer Financing: What Works Right Now

 Land Banking: The State of the Art Nationally and In Ohio

Closing Panel: Keeping the “Neighborhood” in Neighborhood Stabilization 

Supplemental Resources