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Making it Work webinar series - Practical Information on How to Implement a Neighborhood Stabilization Plan

This four-part webinar series 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. Resources from these sessions, below, will be useful to NSP grantees and partners as well as others who are working on this issue.

Sessions include:

Each session consists of two parts: a one-hour webinar presentation, and an open Q&A period with the speakers on the ForumFor additional resources, visit the "Live at the Forum" resources page, which contains a complete list of events hosted on the Forum related to neighborhood stabilization and foreclosure prevention.

If you haven’t signed up for the Forum yet, visit the Forum Help page for step-by-step instructions on how to join. Note that you will need to sign in to the Forum and then join individual Discussion Groups by clicking on the "+ Join" link in the upper, right-hand corner of the page to post any question(s) or start a new discussion thread.

1. Program Design for Maximum Impact - September 15, 2009
Where and how should communities focus their neighborhood stabilization efforts to achieve the best results? What variables should be considered when making these decisions? 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.

2. 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 work collaboratively with servicers. The National Community Stabilization Trust discusses how it is helping communities create and implement their strategies, and best practices for purchasing the properties in their desired geography and leveraging dollars will be highlighted.

3. Disposition Strategies - September 29, 2009
This session focuses on disposition strategies for NSP properties. Ben Nichols from the Cleveland office of Enterprise Community Partners discusses best practices in Cleveland, including lease-purchase programs, for-sale subsidies, and long-term rental strategies using the LIHTC. Chris Pahule, Assistant Director of Community Development at the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Authority discusses their 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.

4. Performance Measurement - October 6, 2009

Panelists Michael Schramm, Associate Director for Community Information at the Center on Urban Poverty and Community Development at Case Western University; Chris Walker, Director of Research and Assessment at the Local Initiatives Support Corporation; and Nancy Kopf and Jessica Anders, Success Measures Training Managers at NeighborWorks America; discuss several techniques designed to capture quantitative and qualitative outcomes from your community stabilization activities. Drawing from their academic and on-the-ground experience, the panelists talk about traditional and creative measures needed to help meet reporting requirements and "tell your story". Measuring progress toward stabilization outcomes is critical to evaluating the effectiveness of various strategies and investments.

The Making it Work series is a collaboration between Enterprise Community Partners, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, the National Housing Conference, the National Community Stabilization Trust and NeighborWorks America.

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