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Coordination Needed to Improve Community Health

Neighborhood blight has always been an issue for communities to address, but the effect of foreclosure on overall neighborhood health has been extremely harsh in recent years. Whole communities are now struggling with foreclosure-related blight, and whole communities are needed to correct that problem.  This article in DS News - Collaborative alliances with nonprofits are helping America's neighborhoods plant the seeds for a fruitful future - highlights NeighborWorks America's Neighborhood Marketing Program, which provided 16 organizations with funding and technical support to develop and operate neighborhood marketing plans. The article takes a look at the issues and unique struggles facing different communities, focuses on the importance of education and home buyer counseling, and features innovative ideas for improved stability, such as lease-purchase programs. It also notes the most important component of such a program: coordination in funding, resources and expertise. 

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