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'Making It Work' Webinar Series

Practical Information on How to Implement a Stabilization Plan

This four-part webinar series is intended to provide practical information on key areas that have proven to be challenging for those attempting to implement neighborhood stabilization plans. These sessions will be useful to NSP grantees and partners as well as others who are working on this issue.

The 'Making it Work' series is a collaboration between Enterprise Community Partners, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, the National Housing Conference, the National Community Stabilization Trust and NeighborWorks America.

Session Descriptions

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1. Program Design for Maximum Impact - September 15, 2009

Where and how should communities focus their neighborhood stabilization efforts to achieve the best results? What variables should be considered when making these decisions? This session addresses how to optimize the impact of a neighborhood stabilization program, including concentrated targeting, strategic property selection, and innovative public-private partnerships. Alan Mallach from the Brookings Institution and Bill Goldsmith from the Chicago Neighborhood Stabilization Corporation will present. Best practices will be shared.

2. Acquisition Strategies - September 22, 2009

This session focuses on acquisition strategies for communities that are attempting to purchase foreclosed properties for resale or rental. Tom Lin from Bank of America will discuss how to put a proposal together in order work collaboratively with servicers. The National Community Stabilization Trust will discuss how it is helping communities create and implement their strategies, and best practices for purchasing the properties in their desired geography and leveraging dollars will be highlighted.

3. Disposition Strategies - September 29, 2009

This session focuses on disposition strategies for NSP properties. Ben Nichols from the Cleveland office of Enterprise Community Partners will discuss best practices in Cleveland, including lease-purchase programs, for-sale subsidies, and long-term rental strategies using the LIHTC. Chris Pahule, Assistant Director of Community Development at the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Authority will discuss their rationale and process to develop mortgage assistance programs and marketing strategies to further NSP efforts. Both presenters will discuss best program practices and provide recommendations on how to set up similar programs.

4. Performance Measurement - October 6, 2009

Panelists will discuss several techniques designed to capture quantitative and qualitative outcomes from your community stabilization activities. Drawing from their academic and on-the-ground experience, the panelists will talk about traditional and creative measures needed to help you meet reporting requirements and "tell your story". Measuring progress toward stabilization outcomes is critical to evaluating the effectiveness of various strategies and investments.