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March 2009 - Neighborhood Stabilization

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Celebrating Housing Solutions Week!

In February, the Center for Housing Policy celebrated the release of several "solutions focused" tools and resources for practitioners and policymakers as part of its Housing Solutions Week 2009. The week's activities included the release of the first three research briefs in a new series entitled Insights from Housing Policy Research; the launch of, a new online guide to foreclosure prevention and neighborhood stabilization; and a new Discussion Forum, an online tool that will help users quickly and easily share ideas, innovations, and questions about housing policy.

Insights from Housing Policy Research are research briefs prepared by the Center for Housing Policy with funding from the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. The first Insights in this series highlight the findings and policy implications of research on how affordable housing impacts nearby property values and how states and localities are using data collection and analysis to preserve the stock of affordable rental housing. This round of Insights also includes a profile of work being conducted by Sandra J. Newman, director of the Johns Hopkins Institute for Policy Studies, on how housing affects children and families. is an online guide to foreclosure prevention and neighborhood stabilization developed and maintained by the Center for Housing Policy, KnowledgePlex, the Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), and the Urban Institute. The Web site provides easily accessible information on a broad range of state and local policy solutions, as well as tools to create customized data reports and maps, and an online discussion forum.

Discussion Forum is an online tool available on both and its sister site The Forum is a place for practitioners to pose questions, exchange ideas, and learn from the experience and expertise of others.

"Out Loud" Podcast's monthly Out Loud podcasts focus on noteworthy housing policy solutions being implemented at the state and local levels. In this month's podcast we hear from Alan Mallach, Senior Fellow of the National Housing Institute. The National Housing Institute provides research and advocacy to bring attention to and encourage action on progressive, high-impact housing and community-development policies and practices.

In this podcast, Alan talks about how communities can help stabilize neighborhoods that experience an increasing number of vacant and abandoned properties due to foreclosure.

Listen To The Podcast

New Resource Highlights Housing and Transportation Cost Burdens in the Washington, DC Metro Area

Housing located far from transit and employment centers places a heavy financial strain on working families in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region, according to the report, Beltway Burden: The Combined Cost of Housing and Transportation in the Greater Washington, DC Metropolitan Area. The study, prepared by the ULI Terwilliger Center for Workforce Housing and the Center for Housing Policy, based on research conducted by the Center for Neighborhood Technology, documents the challenges faced by area working families who are forced to "drive 'till they qualify" for housing, incurring higher transportation costs that eventually erode their housing cost savings.

In conjunction with the report, the ULI Terwilliger Center released a Cost Calculator prepared by the Center for Neighborhood Technology which provides consumers with up-to-date Washington, D.C. metro area housing and transportation cost data that they can use to make informed decisions on where to live and work.

View the Report

2009 Learning Conference on State and Local Housing Policy Conference: Early Registration Open!

Don't miss this first-of-its-kind conference to learn about creative housing policy solutions that will work in your community! Join experts and policymakers from around the country at the Palmer House in Chicago from June 28-30 for this highly interactive conference for state and local leaders to explore proven housing policies. Pick up the latest ideas in informational sessions and dive into the nuts and bolts in facilitated discussions. Save money by registering before April 17th. Turns One Year Old!

Within the last year, has expanded to include a new policy section about housing and energy efficiency, released podcasts with interviews from housing experts, and, most recently, launched a new interactive section of the site, the Forum, and, a sister site dedicated to providing information about foreclosure prevention and neighborhood stabilization.

Please help us continue to build and improve the site over the coming year by taking our brief user survey. With your input, we can be sure that continues to provide timely, relevant information in an easy-to-use format.

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-- was launched in January 2008 as part of Housing Solutions Week. Click here to view materials from the week.