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Center for Community Progress Releases Second Edition of Land Banks and Land Banking

Second edition of Land Banks and Land Banking features new research and resources The groundbreaking Land Banks and Land Banking, by Frank S. Alexander, is back with a new second edition that features fresh research and insights for practitioners and policy-makers. Download your copy ...

The Latest on Land Banking - The Land Bank Information Headquarters

SOURCE: Center for Community Progress

What is a land bank and how does it work?  Which states have passed land banking legislation, and which communities across the country have established land banking programs?  What's the latest in land banking practices and innovations?  To help address these issues, the ...

HUD's Sustainable Communities Initiative's New Resource Library

SOURCE: HUD Stable Communities Initiative

HUD has created a Sustainable Communities Initiative Resource Library to house the products of HUD’s Sustainable Community Initiative Grantees.  This new online library catalogues dozens of local and regional comprehensive plans, model codes and reports—and it will be expanded over the ...

Healthcare Financing of Healthy Homes: New Resource Library

SOURCE: National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH)

The National Center for Healthy Housing (NCHH) launched a new suite of online resources to help public health and housing agencies understand and identify opportunities to partner with healthcare entities in the provision of better quality housing.

Consider: Bus stops as public spaces

SOURCE: Project for Public Spaces

Think outside the box and take a look at this blog by the Project for Public Spaces, which highlights bus stops as public spaces.  Bus stops can easily be used for information sharing but can also create opportunities for community networking. In Pittsburgh, placemaking advocates are ...

SOURCE: Federal Government

Visit this ‘one-stop-shop’ for financial education resources offered by different agencies or divisions of the federal government.  This website, created by the Treasury Department, is essentially a research clearinghouse that highlights many money management resources and tools ...

Financial Literacy Update

SOURCE: Office of the Comptroller of the Currency (OCC)

Upcoming events, initiatives and resources related to financial literacy are listed in this bi-monthly e-newsletter provided by the Office of the Comptroller of the Currency.  Nonprofit organizations, government offices and other entities working with families and/or community ...

Rent Vs. Buy Calculator

SOURCE: Freddie Mac

Freddie Mac has rolled out a new online Rent vs. Buy calculator to help individuals compare the cost of renting versus owning a home. Users input their current information and the calculator provides the difference between renting and buying, and highlights the dollars saved over seven years.

Using the Internet for Community Input

SOURCE: Mindmixer and Popularise

Two online sites have proven effective in creating a “town hall” or community input forum, and give residents a chance to communicate what they want for their neighborhoods. These online forums are an easy and affordable method for developers to gather community input and give local stakeholders ...

Interactive Map Shows Cities with the Most Racially Uneven Housing Market Recoveries

SOURCE: Urban Institute

A new interactive map by the Urban Institute provides a vivid picture of how ethnicity plays into the housing crisis and market recovery. Researchers mapped over 100 million mortgages between 2001 and 2013 to provide a visual related to housing market trends. Findings were similar in locations ...

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