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Where have we been?

In addition to all the online training and resources the Network provides, staff also travel across the country to present and represent CLTs and shared equity approaches. Here’s what we’ve been up to in the last few months:

Franklin Housing Summit, January 29, 2015.
Emily Thaden presented at the Franklin Housing Summit on January 29 in Franklin, Tennessee, reviewing the results of the town’s housing needs assessment and recommending strategies to address affordable housing and community development, including adopting an inclusionary housing policy.

Read the Tennessean’s write-up>

Start-Up Program Kick-off meeting New Orleans, January 27-30, 2015.
Network staff Beth Sorce and Jason Webb went to New Orleans to meet with the emerging CLTs in the new Start-up Capacity Building Program, part of our new Emerging CLT Initiative & Capacity Building Program, supported by the Catholic Campaign for Human Development.  Staff from Jane Place Neighborhood Sustainability Initiative, Pittsburg Community Development   Improvement Association and Cooperation Jackson learned about the CLT method, history and process.

Read more about the Emerging CLT Initiative & Capacity Building Program>

Shared Equity Housing: Creative Models to Preserve Affordable Homeownership, NeighborWorks Training Institute, Washington, DC, December 8-9, 2014.
Network staff designed and facilitated a new two-day introductory course on shared-equity homeownership for the December NeighborWorks Training Institute held in Washington, D.C. on December 8 and 9, 2015.  The new curriculum focused on the concept of subsidy retention and the various models that can be used to preserve affordability over the long term.

Invited Presentation for Bipartisan Policy Center, Washington, D.C., December 5, 2014.
Emily Thaden was invited by the Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC) to present at a roundtable meeting to review a drafted policy paper by Jeff Lubell (Abt Associates).  The paper puts forth shared equity homeownership as an essential solution for better use of public funds and better results for households and communities. With the backing of the BPC, the Network plans to utilize this policy paper in the advocacy efforts on FHA and HOME issues.
View the paper>

National Housing Conference’s Solutions 2014, Oakland, CA, November 18-20, 2014.
Network staff Mark Perlman, Emily Thaden, Beth Sorce, and Melora Hiller journeyed to Oakland to attend the National Housing Conference’s Solutions 2014. Emily Thaden, Brett Theodos (researcher), Dev Goetschius (Network member) and Goetschius’ partners planned and presented a roundtable discussion,  focused upon how shared equity programs can more effectively access and work with the mainstream housing industry, including realtors, lenders, cities, appraisers, and attorneys.

CHIP Capacity Building Training and Inclusionary Housing Add-On; Oakland, CA, November 5-7, 2014.
In partnership with Cornerstone Partnership, the Network assisted and presented for the Cornerstone Partnership Homeownership Innovation Program (CHIP) in Oakland, helping a select group of 10 nonprofit affordable homeownership programs identify and bring to scale best practices across the industry. The two days included a half day on inclusionary housing, which pulled from the working paper authored by Robert Hickey, Lisa Sturtevant, and Emily Thaden, published by the Lincoln Institute. The Capacity Building Institute introduced participants to the national “Social Impact Report” and to the basics of online messaging via websites. Network staff also facilitated conversations and working groups on foreclosures and short sales, financial sustainability, managing homebuyer pipelines, and monitoring and enforcing resale restrictions.

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