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NeighborWorks America Community Stabilization Forum

NeighborWorks America's Community Stabilization Forum brings together NeighborWorks network members to discuss best practices, challenges, and opportunities in pursuing comprehensive approaches to stabilizing and transforming communities. Engaging both industry experts and community development practitioners, the forum create a space for thoughtful exchange around tools needed by the field to create progress for their communities and proven strategic, market-appropriate approaches to stabilize and strengthen neighborhoods.

2014 Community Stabilization Forum on Rebuilding Markets2014 Forum Discussion

In May 2014, the Stable Communities Initiative held their Forum on Rebuilding Markets in Louisville, KY. The daylong event engaged over 100 practitioners representing more than 40 NeighborWorks organizations in a robust exchange on ways to stabilize and strengthen communities through strategic, market-oriented approaches. The forum explored how organizations are analyzing market trends, diagnosing critical issues, adapting strategies to changing conditions, and promoting positive community transformation. The program also included afternoon tours of community stabilization efforts in Louisville.

Thanks to Chase for their support of the Forum on Rebuilding Markets 

2014 Forum Agenda Book

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Welcome and Overview
The Network Perspective—Understanding Trends to Rebuild Markets: Ann Houston, The Neighborhood Developers


Presenter: Teresa Lynch, Mass Economics


Presenters: Alan Mallach, Center for Community ProgressIan Beniston YNDC Data
Diane Sterner, New Jersey Community Capital
Ian Beniston, Youngstown Neighborhood Development Corporation


Rebecca Brady, The Greater Louisville Project


Presenters: Bill Bynum, Hope Enterprise Corporation
Closing Reflection: Lori Gay, Neighborhood Housing Services of Los Angeles


NuLu Neighborhood Tour—Louisville, KY
New Albany’s CBD & Midtown Neighborhood Tour—New Albany, IN
Revitalization at the Edge of Hope VI—Louisville, KY


Read a recent NYTimes article on development in downtown Louisville, featuring one of our mobile tour leaders, Bill Weyland.


2012 Community Stabilization Forum

In December 2012, representatives from more than 60 NeighborWorks organizations, along with staff from NeighborWorks America and other national partners and funders, met in Washington, DC, to discuss new challenges and opportunities in community stabilization. The day’s discussion looked back at what has happened over the last several years, emerging trends, and what tools, strategies, and resources are needed to support this work in the future. Key themes included:

  1. Community stabilization requires practitioners to bring solutions to scale. Affordable housing production must be balanced with other community stabilization strategies in order to protect communities from market booms and busts. What are the tools, strategies and resources for doing this? Is there an inherent tension between production and stabilization?
  2. Private investors are buying up huge numbers of distressed properties, at levels far above what can be accomplished with public funds. How do we engage private investors in our community stabilization work?
  3. Community stabilization demands have changed since the start of the housing crisis and will continue to do so. How do we stay relevant in responding to current conditions and remain nimble enough to adapt to local and national trends and changes in funding?
  4. The changing environment demands that we envision different roles for nonprofits working to improve neighborhoods. What are these changing roles and what do they mean for NeighborWorks organizations?
  5. We must continue the trend toward managing activities for outcomes such as graduation rates or emergence from poverty, not just output (e.g., number of loans originated or units built.) This will generate powerful storie
    s that help to engage community members and build support for the ongoing work from a diverse set of stakeholders.
  6. NeighborWorks America and NeighborWorks organizations can support and leverage the work of the network by pooling data, sharing tools and strategies, developing new resources and staying alert to emerging trends.

2012 Forum Materials

2014 Forum