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April 2009 - Learning Conference

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Housing Ideas for Tough Economic Times

With a housing crisis at the center of the nation’s economic woes, comprehensive housing strategies are more important than ever. You can find creative solutions that will help your community through this challenging period and ensure the availability of housing for working families in years to come at Solutions for Working Families: 2009 Learning Conference on State and Local Housing Policy in Chicago this June 28-30 at the Palmer House Hilton.

The conference will cover the full spectrum of housing policy with dynamic keynote speakers, informative concurrent sessions, interactive facilitated discussions, and regional roundtables to help you connect with peers. Solutions for Working Families also features two day-long institutes on foreclosure prevention and neighborhood stabilization and preserving and improving affordable rental housing.

Foreclosures always have devastating impacts on the families directly affected. Today, the unusually high rate of foreclosures can have widespread effects, spilling over into the respective neighborhoods and sometimes even affecting entire towns and cities. The "Foreclosure Prevention and Neighborhood Stabilization Institute" on Sunday, June 28 will help you learn how to protect your community today and avoid future foreclosure crises. Need strategies now? Visit

The "Window of Opportunity: Preserving and Improving Affordable Rental Housing Institute," taking place Monday, June 29 and sponsored by the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, will feature discussions on the range of issues impacting rental preservation. While the need for affordable rental housing has increased, the supply is shrinking. Preservation of rental properties provides stability for the families that live in these homes, enhances the neighborhoods in which they are located, and ensures the ongoing availability of affordable homes that would not likely be replaced through new construction. Start exploring rental housing preservation strategies on today.

Participation in both daylong institutes is included with learning conference registration. Can’t make the whole conference? Sign-up for an institute with special Sunday-only or Monday-only registration.

Learn more about Solutions for Working Families

Join Us in Chicago for Solutions for Working Families

Join experts and policymakers from around the country at this highly interactive conference focused on state and local housing solutions. Explore the latest ideas in information sessions, share your experiences during facilitated discussions, and connect with your peers at regional roundtables.

Whether you are a housing policy veteran or a newcomer, Solutions for Working Families is designed to meet your needs. Register today for the conference and optional training or mobile workshops. Don’t forget to take advantage of the special room rate at the conference hotel—the Palmer House Hilton.

Register Today!

Solutions in Action

The Denver Transit-Oriented Development (TOD) Fund, established by the city and county of Denver – in partnership with quasi-governmental organizations, non-profits, foundations and banks – aims to provide financing for preserving affordable rental housing within a half mile of existing and new rail service and within a quarter mile of frequent bus routes over the next 10 years. Additional support for the TOD Fund comes from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur FoundationWindow of Opportunity initiative, which provides support for state and local governments to establish public-private partnerships and bring about the preservation of more than70,000 units of affordable rental housing over the next 10 years.

In addition to rental preservation efforts, land purchased through the Denver TOD Fund will be used to build at least 1,200 affordable homes near transit for families that spend an average of 60 percent of their gross income on combined housing and transportation expenses. By purchasing land for affordable housing prior to the transit system expansion, the community is able to build affordable homes on land whose value is expected to increase significantly after the transit system arrives.

You can explore more solutions like the Denver TOD Fund at Solutions for Working Families this June. In the meantime, join the conversation on rental housing preservation in the Forum.

Learn More about the Denver TOD Fund

Special Feature: Shared Equity Homeownership Webinar

The Center for Housing Policy is co-sponsoring a webinar on May 8 at 2:00 p.m. EST called “Mortgage Financing for Price Restricted Homebuyer.” The webinar is also being sponsored by the Lincoln Land Institute, NCB Capital Impact and the National Community Land Trust Network.

Rick Jacobus, a partner at Burlington Associates in Community Development, LLC (and a presenter at Solutions for Working Families learning conference) will moderate the event. The webinar will provide an overview of the lending requirements for shared equity homes, as well as some of the issues buyers face when trying to secure mortgage financing for these homes.

Jacobus will also address this topic at the Solutions for Working Families learning conference, in both a concurrent session and a facilitated discussion on shared equity homeownership.

Register for the Webinar

Share Your Story

Curious about strategies to preserve affordable rental homes near transit or how to collect data to target rental preservation efforts in your community? Join the Rental Housing Preservation discussion group on’s new online Forum to connect with your peers, pose questions, exchange ideas, and learn from the experience and expertise of others. Other discussion groups in the Forum are accessible through and our new sister-site, These include: Inclusionary Zoning, Foreclosure Prevention, Neighborhood Stabilization, and Shared Equity Homeownership.

Visit the Forum to Share Your Story!


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March 2009- In Focus: Neighborhood Stabilization
December 2008- In Focus: Neighborhood Stabilization
November 2008-- In Focus: Neighborhood Stabilization
October 2008-- In Focus: Transit-Oriented Development
September 2008-- In Focus: Inclusionary Zoning
August 2008 -- In Focus: Rental Housing Preservation
July 2008-- In Focus: Shared Equity Homeownership
June 2008 -- In Focus: Green Affordable Housing -- This issue of In Focus kicked off a series of Six Housing Policies for a World of High Energy Costs
May 2008 -- In Focus: Foreclosure Prevention
April 2008 -- In Focus: Employer-Assisted Housing
February 2008
-- was launched in January 2008 as part of Housing Solutions Week. Click here to view materials from the week.