"Live at the Forum" - Resources

"Live at the Forum" sessions give Forum members the opportunity to learn about new research reports and policy innovations and interact with housing practitioners, researchers, and other leaders in the field. Events in this periodic series begin with a short conference call or webinar with guest speakers. When the call has concluded, speakers sign on to the
Forum to answer your questions.

This page provides links to resources for Live at the Forum sessions related to foreclosure prevention and neighborhood stabilization, including recordings from conference calls and webinars when available and direct links to the online Q&A portion of each event. The page will be updated as new sessions take place. Click on the links below to view recent sessions, or just scroll down to browse them all.


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February 2010

Live at the Forum: Communities at Risk and Living Cities' Foreclosure Mitigation Initiative - February 9, 2010
George McCarthy, Matt Pacenza, and Kevin McQueen discuss learnings from Living Cities' Foreclosure Mitigation Initiative and the new report, Communities at Risk: How the Foreclosure Crisis is Damaging Urban Areas and What is Being Done About It.

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January 2010

Live at the Forum: Intermediary Lending Products for NSP Grantees - January 27, 2010
Tyler Van Gundy of the National Community Stabilization Trust discusses various intermediary lending products the Trust has developed to support Neighborhood Stabilization Program strategies. 
This online Q&A session is offered in conjunction with the Foreclosure Response podcast series, offered by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

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December 2009

Live at the Forum: New Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Podcast and Online Q&A with Susan Adams - December 16, 2009
Susan Adams of Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership Inc. (ANDP) discusses foreclosures and tax assessment practices can have a negative and inequitable impact on households in the surrounding area. This online Q&A session is offered in conjunction with the Foreclosure Response podcast series, offered by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

Live at the Forum: New Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Podcast and Online Q&A with John O'Callahan - December 14, 2009
John O'Callahan, president and CEO of Atlanta Neighborhood Development Partnership Inc. (ANDP), discusses ANDP's neighborhood stabilization pilot program. This online Q&A session is offered in conjunction with the Foreclosure Response podcast series, offered by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

Live at the Forum: New Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Podcast and Online Q&A with Frank Alexander - December 8, 2009
Frank Alexander, professor of law at Emory Law School, answers questions about land banking as a foreclosure mitigation strategy. This online Q&A session is offered in conjunction with the Foreclosure Response podcast series, offered by the
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

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November 2009

Live at the Forum: New Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Podcast and Online Q&A with Stephanie Rauterkus - November 12, 2009
Stephanie Rauterkus of the University of AlabamaBirmingham School of Business discusses the impact that foreclosures can have on the home values of an entire neighborhood. This online Q&A session is offered in conjunction with the Foreclosure Response podcast series, offered by the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.
Live at the Forum: New Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta Podcast and Online Q&A with Dan Immergluck - November 5 & 6, 2009
Dan Immergluck of the Georgia Institute of Technology answers questions on how different metropolitan areas have been affected by bank-owned properties, what happens once these homes go into foreclosure, and what can be done to return these homes to productive use. This online Q&A session is offered in conjunction with the Foreclosure Response podcast series, offered by the
Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta.

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October 2009

Making it Work: Performance Measurement - October 6, 2009*

Panelists Michael Schramm, Chris Walker, Nancy Kopf, and Jessica Anders discuss techniques designed to capture quantitative and qualitative outcomes from community stabilization activities. Drawing from their academic and on-the-ground experience, the panelists talk about traditional and creative measures needed to meet reporting requirements and "tell your story".


Live at the Forum with Alon Cohen, Rachel Gallegos, and Andrew Jakabovics on Mandatory Mediation in the Foreclosure Process - October 1, 2009
This session features a discussion of findings from a new report from the Center for American Progress, It's Time We Talked, Mandatory Mediation in the Foreclosure Process, by authors Alon Cohen and Andrew Jakabovics. Rachel Gallegos, a law clerk in Philadelphia, speaks about the city's Mortgage Foreclosure Diversion Pilot Program, which is one of the nation's earliest foreclosure mediation programs.

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September 2009

Making it Work: Disposition Strategies - September 29, 2009*

This session focuses on disposition strategies for NSP properties. Ben Nichols discusses best practices in Cleveland, including lease-purchase programs, for-sale subsidies, and long-term rental strategies using the LIHTC. Chris Pahule discusses the City of Sacramento's rationale and process to develop mortgage assistance programs and marketing strategies to further NSP efforts. Both presenters discuss best program practices and provide recommendations on how to set up similar programs.

Making it Work: 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 discusses how to put a proposal together in order to work collaboratively with servicers. The National Community Stabilization Trust discusses how it is helping communities create and implement their strategies. Best practices for purchasing the properties in their desired geography and leveraging dollars are highlighted.

Making it Work: Program Design for Maximum Impact - September 15, 2009*
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 present and share best practices.

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August 2009

Live at the Forum with Catherine Bendor, Danna Fischer, and David Rammler - August 25, 2009
Speakers discuss the Protecting Tenants at Foreclosure Actof 2009, which provides significant new protections for tenants in foreclosed properties, including a 90-day notice requirement and the right to remain for the term of the lease in most cases.

Live at the Forum with Todd Swanstrom, Karen Chapple, and Dan Immergluck on Regional Resilience in the Face of Foreclosures - August 18, 2009

Authors of a new report, Regional Resilience in the Face of Foreclosures: Evidence from Six Metropolitan Areas, discuss findings related to foreclosure prevention and response in weak market, mixed market, and strong market metro areas. They describe the differences related to judicial vs. non-judicial foreclosure processes, the impact of different lengths of foreclosure process on foreclosure prevention as well as on the potential for vandalism due to vacancy, and some keys to stronger prevention and response efforts.

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July 2009

Live at the Forum with the Urban Institute's G. Thomas Kingsley, Robin Smith, and David Price - July 16

Authors of a new report from the Urban Institute, The Impacts of Foreclosures on Families and Communities, discuss what is known about how foreclosures adversely affect households and their neighborhoods -- from children and the elderly to public safety and local property tax revenues.



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*This session is one in the four-part "Making it Work" webinar series, which was presented in September and October 2009 to provide practical information on key areas that have proven to be challenging for those attempting to implement neighborhood stabilization plans. Click here to learn more.