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State Road 7/ U.S. 441 Corridor Presentation
Presentation made by the ULI Advisory Services Panel on March 19 on the State Road 7 Corridor

Deeply Digitally Divided
A popular computer clubhouse for Miami's poor is abruptly unplugged

Undoing Racism
On May 17th and May 18th, 2003, in Ft. Lauderdale, the Catanese Center organized an Undoing Racism/Community Building workshop as part of its Development without Displacement (DWD) project. The Undoing Racism/Community Building workshop was facilitated by The People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond, a national collective of experienced organizers and educators dedicated to building an effective movement for social change.

Transportation’s Role in Successful Communities
The theme for the 2003 Institute of Transportation Engineers Conference was “transportation’s role in successful communities.” The conference was divided into three tracks: 1) livability/ community issues 2) mobility/operations and 3) safety. Background information for a large percentage of the conference’s presentations is on a compendium CD, which will be provided to each of the SFRRC partners. Throughout the conference, there were several reoccurring sub-themes that may be of interest to planners and other community-oriented professionals and organizations. This summary aims to capture major points within these sub-themes.

Highlight of Council Activities
Highlights of the South Florida Regional Planning Council Activities

Community Neighborhood Renaissance Partnership:
The essence of the partnership is between the affected neighborhoods and the broader community. The program’s philosophy is that “the best answers to the challenges faced by these neighborhoods lie with the residents who live in the distressed area.” “Three guiding principles constitute the foundation for this model,” says Meisburg. “It has to be neighborhood-driven. The residents themselves must decide what their needs are, prioritize those needs and stay involved from start to finish

Undoing Racism workshop attendee listing
A list of participants from the Undoing Racism Workshop

PHOTO - Group photo from Undoing Racism workshop
Group photo from the Undoing Racism workshop, held in Ft. Lauderdale on May 17, 2003

The Memphis Manifesto
The Memphis Manifesto Summit was the first gathering of the creative class and it was held in Memphis, Tennessee, April 30-May 2, 2003. The Creative 100 – selected from nominations from across North America – and their Memphis host creatives represented the creative class in all of its diversity and multiplicity. Coming from 48 cities in the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico, the Creative 100 wrote this manifesto for their own communities and for all communities seeking to compete in today’s economy. The Summit was hosted by Richard Florida, author of Rise of the Creative Class and How It’s Transforming Work, Leisure, Community and Everyday Life, and Carol Coletta, host and producer of the award-winning public radio interview program, Smart City. It was sponsored by Memphis Tomorrow, an organization of Memphis’ largest corporations and foundations, and Mpact Memphis, an organization for young professionals.

Communities NOW!
White House,Congress Enact Banking Reform; Future Impact of the CRA Is Under Debate.

Community-Centered Policing: A Force for Change (Summary Document)
This report highlights some of the promising, community-centered police practices being implemented throughout the country-practices that are opening police departments to traditionally underrepresented communities;engaging communities as partners in solving neighborhood problems; and making police departments more accountable to the communities they serve and protect.

From Protest to Proposal: A Police-Community Relations Forum
This report highlights the promising police practices in cities across the nation, the Black Community Crusade for Children, the Center for Civic Character of the Secretary of State of Ohio’s Office and Cincinnati CAN asked PolicyLink to organize a convening to present their research and to explore the possible application for Cincinnati.

Bridging the Organizational Divide: Toward a Comprehensive Approach to Digital Divide
Information technology (IT) is rapidly transforming our economy and society. It is changing how we live and work. IT has the ability to generate great wealth and prosperity, but it can also exacerbate economic disparity and magnify existing inequities.

Opportunities for Smarter Growth: Social Equity and the Smart Growth Movement
This article describes the implication of urban sprawl from an equity perspective and articulates why funders concern with social equity should become involved in the emerging anti-sprawl, smart growth movement .

Briefing Book: Strategies and Examples of Community-based Approaches to Equity and Smart Growth –A W
This briefing book has been developed as a tool, a starting point, to begin and advance the Network’ s discussions about regional equity and Smart Growth. It is meant to inform participants about both tried and innovative approaches to addressing the issues of regional inequity - poor transportation infrastructure, public and private disinvestment in the inner city and inner-ring suburbs, a lack of access to housing and jobs, concentrated poverty, etc. - that have been either caused or exacerbated by sprawl.

Perspectives on Regionalism: Opportunities for Community-Based Organizations to Advance Equity
This document, originally developed as a briefing manual for PolicyLink staff by Martha Matsuoka and Josh Kirschenbaum contains a set of short synopses of books and articles on regionalism by academics, researchers, and policy advocates.

Community-Based Regionalism: California Convening
The current policy debates focused on “regionalism” and “smart growth” pose tremendous challenges and opportunities for those concerned about the well-being of communities.

Thinkers and Resources For Promoting Equitable Development
In its partnership with community-based practitioners around the country, PolicyLink found a new resurgence of discussion and debate about “gentrification.” For some, the term gentrification evoked a process of neighborhood change – new businesses, new street character, and new residents. In some areas, it included rising property values and, sometimes, improved community institutions (schools, park, police). At the same time, gentrification meant displacement of long-term low-income residents. This inequity raised concerns and questions about strategies that would allow low-income residents to remain in their neighborhoods while embracing the positive aspects of change.

Communities Gaining Access to Capital: Social Equity Criteria and Implementation Recommendations for
The Community Capital Investment Initiative (CCII) is a regional initiative that aims to mobilize business, community, environmental and government leadership to facilitate strategic capital investments in forty-six low-income communities in the Bay Area. The purpose of these investments is to create economic opportunity, reduce poverty and promote sustain-able development.

Achieving Equity through Smart Growth: Perspectives from Philanthropy
Across America, it is increasingly recognized that land use and development practices present risks to people, the environment, and the economy. Manifestations of these risks include growing traffic congestion, worsening air quality, the growing spatial mismatch of jobs and housing, increasing social and economic inequity, accelerating concentrations of poverty and the weakening of public schools.

Dealing with Neighborhood Change: A Premer on Gentrification and Policy Choices
This paper serves as a primer on how to view the complex issue of gentrification. It reviews the findings, analyses and frameworks developed during the gentrification wave of the ‘70s and ‘80s. The paper outlines the complex ways that current and “original” residents view gentrification—and clarifies that long-time neighbors can take very different positions on the gentrification issue. Additionally, the paper shows the wide range in the way gentrification pressures play out in three very different cities and one multi-city region – Atlanta, Cleveland, Washington, D.C., and the San Francisco Bay Area – pointing out that gentrification is a much more urgent concern in some areas than in others, where it hardly exists at all. Finally, the paper suggests policies and strategies that can be pursued to advance equitable development by optimizing the benefits of neighborhood change while minimizing or eliminating the downsides of such change.

Sharing the Wealth: Resident, Ownership, Mechanisms
Sharing the Wealth:Resident Ownership Mechanisms (ROMs)describes one set of CEM tools. ROMs contribute to equitable development by providing low-income/low-wealth residents with opportunities to obtain a financial stake and voice in economic activity in their communities.

Promoting Regional Equity: A Framing Paper
Promoting Regional Equity: A Framing Paper seeks to broaden and deepen the growing dialogue and action to promote regional equity. Through analysis and practical examples, the paper explores a number of key equity issues that challenge our nation today—from education to transportation to environmental justice—and situates these issues in a regional context. Further, the paper identifies opportunities for action and highlights examples of community actors evolving their strategies and tactics to the “regional reality,” and successfully connecting their neighborhoods and communities to resources and opportunities throughout regions.

Community Involvement in the Federal Healthy Start Program
The Role of Community Involvement in Healthy Start in 1991, when the federal Healthy Start Program was initiated, the United States ranked 22nd in the world in infant mortality. This high rate of infant death was particularly concentrated in African American communities, where babies were dying at more than twice the rate of white babies.

Community Involvement in the Federal Healthy Start Program
This study concludes that the community involvement component of Healthy Start resulted in the development of comprehensive services well-targeted to participants’ and communities’ needs.

Regional Development and Physical Activity:Issues and Strategies for Promoting Health Equity
The paper explores the connection between development patterns, physical activity, and poor health. Adults and children in all communities, particularly in those most affected by poor health, should have equal opportunities to be active and healthy and to live in safe, walkable neighborhoods. This exploration examines how neighborhoods that have become racially segregated and economically isolated as a result of sprawling development patterns offer few opportunities to be physically active, and how this harms the health of community residents. Policies and organizing efforts are highlighted to provide the readers with ideas for action.

Reducing Health Disparities Through a Focus on Communities
This report explores the relationship between the communities in which people live and their health.

Renewing Public Assets for Community Development
This article, by Emory University Law Professor Frank S. Alexander, provides a concise description of the nature of tax liens, the ways in which most municipalities deal with tax delinquent and publicly owned properties, and specific reforms which can help convert these properties into productive and performing community assets. Professor Alexander played a pivotal role in reforming key Georgia statutes that govern tax foreclosure and property disposition, and he has become a leading national expert on the legal, political and practical obstacles communities face in dealing with publicly owned and encumbered properties.

Renewing Public Assets for Community Development
This final section of Professor Frank S. Alexander’s article, "Renewing Public Assets for Community Development," is a tool designed to help community development practitioners and local government officials who are seeking to examine and improve their systems of returning lien encumbered and publicly owned properties to productive use. The "decision tree" format provides an overview of the most important questions for practitioners to ask and guides them through the questions to identify potential problems, possible solutions, and next steps for further inquiry. (Please note that this tool is included in the last 3 pages of the 20 page document with the same title under the "Best Practices and Lessons Learned" Section.)

Considerations When Evaluating the Preservation/ Development of Affordable Housing
Consult this list of criteria from the National Housing Trust to evaluate the conversion risk of federally assisted housing. Also included are points one may want to consider when evaluating an affordable housing transaction. Since every project has different circumstances, this document is not intended to be all-inclusive or applicable to all projects, but it provides a sound basis from which to begin.

Florida Housing Coalition Risk Assessment
This assessment, designed by the Florida Housing Coalition, can be used to do a quick analysis of the risk of losing federally assisted housing due to conversion or default.

Section 236 Interest Reduction Payment De-Coupling
Projects assisted under Section 236 of the National Housing Act now have the ability, pursuant to Section 236(b) and (e), to refinance while retaining the Interest Reduction Payment (IRP) constituting the underlying mortgage subsidy. This tool summarizes HUD Notice H 00-8 (May 16, 2000), which provides guidance on the preservation transactions which are facilitated by this "IRP de-coupling" mechanism.

Preserving Federally Assisted Housing at the State and Local Level: A Legislative Tool Kit
This article, from the National Housing Law Project, summarizes a variety of efforts at the state and local level to preserve federally assisted multifamily housing. These efforts include: disincentives that effectively limit the profitability of conversion to market use; procedural requirements that provide opportunities for negotiation; incentives for transfer of ownership to non-profits; and providing incentives to current owners to maintain affordability.

Renewal Options For Expiring Project-based Section 8 Contracts
On January 19, 2001, HUD published "Section 8 Renewal Policy: Guidance for the Renewal of Project-Based Section 8 Contracts," based on permanent statutory authority provided in the FY00 HUD Appropriations Act. This LISC document is a summary of the HUD rules, which supersede all prior contract renewal notices and which will govern expiring contracts under the jurisdiction of the Office of Multifamily Housing until further notice.

Glossary of Affordable Housing Preservation Terms
Consult this handy glossary to improve your Preservation vocabulary. New terms will be added throughout the Experts Online Preservation Series featuring Emily Achtenberg, a recognized expert with more than 30 years' experience in affordable housing preservation transactions and related research, program design, and policy development.

Cleveland Case Study: Model Practices in Tax Foreclosure and Property Disposition
This is the third in a series of case studies written by LISC in 2000 describing effective local efforts to return tax delinquent or vacant/abandoned properties to productive use. The Cleveland Land Bank serves as the primary vehicle for the acquisition and disposition of tax-delinquent properties to community based organizations in the City of Cleveland. A 1976 state statute allows any Ohio municipality to establish a Land Reutilization Program (or, a land bank) for purposes of acquiring, managing and disposing of delinquent land to reinstate such properties to tax revenue status. In 1988, House Bill 503 strengthened the 1976 state statute.

Atlanta Case Study: Model Practices in Tax Foreclosure and Property Disposition
This is the second in a series of case studies written by LISC in 2000 describing effective local efforts to return tax delinquent or vacant/abandoned properties to productive use. The City of Atlanta and Fulton County are working to address the issue of property tax delinquency in many of Atlanta's neighborhoods, based on an acknowledgment that restoring properties to the tax rolls will enhance local government tax collection, as well as improve the neighborhoods. The implementation of several new legislative measures since 1990 has streamlined the property disposition in Atlanta significantly.

Indianapolis Case Study: Model Practices in Tax Foreclosure and Property Disposition
This is the first in a series of case studies written by LISC in 2000 describing effective local efforts to return tax delinquent or vacant/abandoned properties to productive use. The City of Indianapolis and Marion County seek to return unproductive land to revenue-generating status and to advance the redevelopment efforts of community development organizations through a property disposition model built upon enabling legislation and a cooperative relationship between government entities. The expedited tax-sale (assemblage and transfer of property to community development corporations [CDCs] with specific redevelopment plans) and a state statute authorizing the transfer of property from the City to CDCs for redevelopment purposes promote this agenda.

New York City Case Study: Third Party Transfer Initiative: A Solution To Property Abandonment
This is a case study written by LISC in 2002 describing New York City's effective strategies to return tax delinquent or vacant/abandoned properties to productive use. While tax liens against relatively stable properties are packaged and sold to investors, the Third Party Transfer Initiative was created to ensure the expeditious transfer of distressed, tax delinquent properties to responsible third parties, accompanied by development assistance from the City for third parties receiving properties. In the South Bronx, where a pilot third party transfer program is in its final stages, the positive impact of the new system is already evident.

Using Loan Pools to Cover Buyer Costs; Kalamazoo, MI
One of the biggest barriers to low- and moderate-income home ownership is not the cost of the home or the monthly payment - it's the down payment. HOP has overcome this problem by creating two mortgage loan pools which cover virtually all costs. HOP targets seven low- and moderate-income neighborhoods in Kalamazoo County, Michigan. Since 1989 the partnership has acquired and rehabilitated 425 homes with a total of 475 housing units (some are duplexes), for an average of 75 units in each year when funding has been available. All units are owner-occupied. Buyers typically have incomes at about 75% of the area median; 47% are single parents; 47% are nonwhite. This profile outlines the program's components and makes recommendations for replicating it in other communities.

Measuring the Economic Impact of Community-Based Home ownership Programs on Neighborhood Revitalizat
In "Measuring the Economic Impact of Community-Based Home ownership Programs on Neighborhood Revitalization," LISC Center for Home Ownership's Lindley Higgins, Ph.D, examines the effects of community development work in neighborhoods in Houston, Kalamazoo, Seattle and Washington D.C., where CDCs created significant amounts of affordable, for-sale housing. The findings of this work suggest that in four of the five case studies, community-based, for-sale housing had a demonstrable impact on the neighborhood economy -- residential real estate values increased in three of the five cases; retail sales jumped in the two cases where such data was available; and crime rates declined sharply in three cases.

Gathering and Presenting Information About Your Neighborhood - Center for Home Ownership Technical S
Information about a neighborhood can be used to gain a better understanding of its problems and potential, but is often difficult to obtain. This paper, the LISC Center for Home Ownership's first paper in its Technical Series, provides a detailed description of where to find data for small areas; how to access and analyze the data; and how to use them for presentations - whether to market one's neighborhood, show what a community's problems are, or just to gain a better understanding of where one lives.

Gentrification: Practice and Politics - Home Ownership Summit 2000 Research Series: Paper #1
Gentrification can split a neighborhood open and ensure opposition to development efforts that many would consider essential to revitalization. This paper, from the LISC Home Ownership Center's Summit 2000, offers ways for city officials, advocates, private sector developers, businesses and neighborhood residents to build vital communities that work for all stakeholders by reframing the issue in a productive way. The paper describes gentrification pressures in Atlanta, Cleveland, the San Francisco Bay Area and Washington D.C. and uses these findings to suggest policies and strategies that can be pursued to optimize the benefits of neighborhood change while minimizing or eliminating the downsides of such change.

Neighborhoods in Bloom; Richmond, VA
The Neighborhoods in Bloom program has created visible neighborhood change by focusing one city's limited resources on those neighborhoods with the greatest potential for revitalization. This Best Practice describes how a politically thorny program was made possible by building a partnership between the City of Richmond, community development corporations, resident leaders, the Richmond Redevelopment and Housing Authority, LISC and others. The "Neighborhood Team Process" was used to develop the consensus necessary to target strategic neighborhoods.

Mind the Gap - Overcoming the Information, Income, Wealth, and Supply Gaps Facing Potential Buyers o
While the national home ownership rate is at a record high, there is still a significant gap between the rates for high- and low-income households. Mind the Gap identifies the information, income, wealth and supply gaps that keep low-income households from realizing the American Dream of home ownership and suggests a number of ways to bridge those gaps. Through the use of certain innovative methods, such as second mortgages, Section 8 vouchers and individual development accounts, the home ownership gap can be bridged.

Developing a Bundled Real Estate Services Outlet; Phoenix, AZ
Increasing production of single-family housing is often hampered by the inability of CDCs with limited staff capacity to achieve economies of scale in housing development. To provide efficiencies in the use of technical resources, thereby increasing production of single-family units in targeted neighborhoods, Phoenix LISC assisted in creation of the Homestart Development Assistance Center (HDAC) which "bundles" real estate services. HDAC provides land acquisition services, project bidding, and development and construction monitoring so that partner CDCs can focus their resources on qualifying homebuyers and home-owner counseling.

Building Neighborhoods of Choice: A Workbook on Marketing Neighborhoods and Affordable Ownership Hou
This workbook provides a proven step-by-step method for creating a marketing campaign that sells both the real estate and the neighborhood. Marketing is an important part of any successful business, and this is no less true in community development. The workbook describes how to create a marketing brochure, write a press release and develop a community profile. Used with its companion piece, Gathering and Presenting Information About Your Neighborhood, this workbook provides a powerful tool for community groups to show the positive impact they are making in their communities.

Research Into Mortgage Default and Affordable Housing: A Primer
This is a publication of the LISC Center for Home Ownership that describes the causes of mortgage foreclosures and delinquencies, through an examination of past research on mortgage risk that focused on affordable mortgage products. This paper also looks at the transition from delinquency to foreclosure, strategies for mitigating foreclosure, the role of credit scores, and layering credit risk.

A Home of Our Own: Local Initiatives to Strengthen Families and Renew Communities
This is the first annual report dedicated exclusively to LISC’s accomplishments in Home Ownership. The report highlights LISC’s contributions to increasing home ownership rates and provides general information on home ownership in the United States, the importance of homeownership to families and communities and the barriers to home ownership.

The Rural Home Loan Partnership's 2001 Annual Report: Bringing Home Ownership to Rural Families
This annual report outlines the Rural Home Loan Partnership's (RHLP) progress over the past year and its cumulative progress since its inception in 1996 with 4,329 units produced and $341,829,507 provided in total financing. The report also includes a description of the RHLP and its goals as well as personal stories from families who have purchased homes with the help of RHLP funds.

Model Block Program Creates Positive Impact in West Palm Beach
Northwood Business Development Corporation along with LISC, the City of West Palm Beach, and a private lender Harris Trust/Bank of Montreal partnered to create Palm Beach County’s first Model Block Initiative. The project included the purchase and substantial rehabilitation of nine homes, improvements to the exterior of 14 other homes on the block, and improvements to 34th Street, including landscaping and repaving. This Best Practice Profile provides background information on: the neighborhood's needs and assets; how the model block program works; partnership roles and respnsibilities; and program results and replication requirements.

Proceedings of the Home Ownership Summit 2001: Keeping the American Dream Alive
These are the Proceedings of Home Ownership Summit 2001: Keeping the American Dream Alive. The proceedings provide a written record of the highlights of Summit 2001, which focused on: home ownership in the new millennium; reaching emerging and underserved markets; and mortgage default and affordable housing.

CD2000 Fosters Results-Oriented CDCs in Greater Kansas City
This best practice profiles how a comprehensive program--Community Development 2000 (CD2000)--helps CDCs in Greater Kansas City improve their organizational capacity and stratgic planning for a more results-oriented approach to community revitalization. CD2000 is an organized citywide effort to measure CDC output and link funding to those CDCs that are yielding positive effects.

Manufacturing Affordability in Seattle
Nonprofit developers must constantly contend with the often contradictory ideals for affordable housing: cost-effectiveness, attractiveness and quality. These goals are becoming even more difficult to attain with conventionally built housing. Despite some initial obstacles, Washington State LISC, along with Seattle-based nonprofit HomeSight, proved that manufactured housing can be a viable alternative to stick-built construction while still providing affordable, attractive, quality homes.

Reaching Emerging and Underserved Home Ownership Markets
The U.S. is experiencing a rapid increase in the number of racial and ethnic minority households, many of which encounter unique obstacles in their pursuit of affordable housing and home ownership. This paper presents recent developments on how financial institutions, community-based organizations and other housing industry factors are reaching emerging and underserved markets to create home ownership opportunities.

Stemming the Tide: A Handbook on Preserving Subsidized Multifamily Housing
This important LISC publication, authored by nationally-recognized expert Emily P. Achtenberg, offers nonprofit developers, lenders, public officials and others a comprehensive overview of HUD-assisted multifamily properties, the programs that support them, and what can be done to protect these units to preserve their affordability for low-income households. The handbook is a compilation of information covered in LISC's 4-part Experts Online series on preservation.

Achieving Equity Through Smart Growth
This publication builds on the workof (Learning Action Network )LAN by sharing the experiences of philanthropic leaders whohave been working to advance equity in a regionalcontext. The work resulting from this collaboration, offers important insights, strategies and an action agenda to challenge and spur philanthropy to further advance this cause so vital to our future.

Summary of Wealth Building Conference
Summary of the South Florida Wealth Building Conference

ITE 2003 Conference Summary
Summary of the 2003 annual conference.

South Florida Regional Resource Center WorkPlan


The History of the People’s Institute for Survival and Beyond
Background information on the folks that created and run the undoing racism workshop.

CNU XI Registration & Agenda
14 booklet containing full description of events, and registration form

Outline of Undoing Racism Program
Detailed agenda for the 2 1/2 day event