Conferences and Events
Manufacturing Affordability in Seattle
Seattle-based nonprofit, uses manufactured homes to produce high quality
housing developments, in addition to its more traditional stick built
houses. The decision was a result of creative approach to deflate the
buyers cost, but still generate high quality homes. The first product
of this new strategy is Noji Gardens, a development of 75 affordable homes.
HomeSights determination and identification of innovative
manufactured home architecture, as well as a flexible manufacturer, paved
the way for Noji Gardens. In the end, construction costs were between 10
and 30 percent lower than they would have been with a conventional building
method and the typical buyer earned 67 percent or less of the area median
income (AMI). To read more about this innovative program, download the case
study from the LISC Online Resource Library.
Conferences and Events
>> How to Incorporate Arts and Culture into Neighborhood
Business Districts Revitalization Programs will be June 23-26 in
Lansing, MI. Hosted by LISCs Center for Commercial Revitalization
Training Institute with support from State Farm Insurance Companies,
participants will learn how to utilize arts and cultural resources to
enrich the revitalization process. To make reservations (by May 30) or for
more information, contact Erin Kelley at (212) 455-1614 or email email@example.com.
>> The Second
Annual Financial Management Professionals Conference, hosted by LISC's
Organizational Development Initiative and sponsored by Citibank, will be
July 31- Aug. 1 in Chicago. The conference is designed for CDC financial
management professionals and includes training, networking, and
peer-to-peer sessions. For more information, contact Lisa Deller at (212)
455-1619 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
>> Under One
Roof: Building Communities in the Delta will be Sept. 17-19 in Tunica
County, MS. The sixth annual conference of Delta CDCs will offer a wide
variety of workshops and training opportunities, as well as an evening of
networking and fun with colleagues from the Delta. For more information,
contact Cathy Wilson at 662-335-3318 or email at email@example.com.
>> Urban Forum
II: National Conference of Commercial Corridor Revitalization (CCR)
professionals will be Oct. 8-10 in Philadelphia. This conference addresses
questions related to several CCR topic areas: smart growth, safety and
cleanliness, historic preservation, creative financing for real estate
projects, marketing and promotions, gentrification, business recruitment,
and market analysis. Hosted by LISC, this event is sponsored by William
Penn Foundation, Washington Mutual, and State Farm. For more information,
contact Erin Kelley at (212) 455-9803 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
LISC is hosting,
presenting at and/or helping to sponsor all of the events listed above.
>> The Aetna Foundation is accepting applications for its
Regional Community Grants Program, which will focus on reducing racial and
ethnic disparities in health care during its 2003 funding cycle. Grant
requests ranging from $15,000 to $50,000 will be considered from nonprofit
organizations serving Aetnas six business regions in the U.S. The
application deadline is May 30. For more information, including a list of
eligible communities, go to the Aetna Foundation web site.
Racial Justice Collaborative supports partnerships between lawyers and
local community-based organizations that use legal tools to advance fair
resource distribution and equity, improve policy outcomes, and increase
government and corporate accountability for communities marginalized by
race, ethnicity, and immigrant or citizenship status. The Collaborative
will award grants ranging from $50,000 to $100,000 per year for up to three
years. The deadline for letters of intent is June 2. For more information,
go to the Racial Justice Collaborative web site.
>> The Enterprise Foundation is accepting applications for the
MetLife Foundation Awards for Excellence in Affordable Housing. Awards will
be presented in two categories: Supportive Housing and Property and Asset
Management. First place winners will receive $25,000; second place winners
will receive $15,000; and third place winners will receive $10,000. The
application deadline is June 16. For more information, go to the Enterprise Foundation web site.
>> The WHO Foundation supports grassroots charities that
address the health, education, and social service needs of underserved
women and children in the U.S. and Puerto Rico. The majority of grants
range from $2,500 to $15,000. Preference will be given to organizations
with an operating budget of $2 million or less, those not dependent on
government grants, and those with greater organizational program costs than
personnel costs. The application deadline is Sept. 16. For more
information, contact the Foundation at 1-800-946-4663.
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>> Mayors Speak out on Welfare, Working Families, and
Reauthorization, a new report by Margy Waller, co-sponsored by the
Brookings Institution Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy, the National
League of Cities, and the U.S. Conference of Mayors, finds mayors across
the country concerned about proposed welfare and working family policy on
residents in their cities. To download the report, go to the Brookings Institution web site.
Stunning Progress, Hidden Problems: The Dramatic Decline of Concentrated
Poverty in the 1990s, a new release from the Brookings
Institutions Living Cities Census Series, written by Paul A.
Jargowsky, reveals that the number of people living in neighborhoods where
at least 40 percent of the residents are poor dropped significantly between
1990 and 2000 after decades of increase. Within metropolitan areas,
concentrated poverty in inner city neighborhoods declined substantially,
but some older suburbs experienced increases. To download the report, go to
the Brookings Institution web site.
Concentrated Poverty: A Change in Course, a new paper by the Urban
Institute, written by Thomas Kingsley and Kathryn L.S. Pettit, also
analyzes the concentration of poverty in low-income neighborhoods in the
1990s. It focuses on specific factors that have affected this data, such as
race, gender, type of location, and shifting of census tract boundaries. To
download this study, go to the Urban Institute web site.
Socialserve.com is a nonprofit technical services organization that
provides those seeking affordable (rental) housing and supportive services
with the information they need to obtain these resources. It provides
richly descriptive, continually updated, and readily accessible data bases
of the subsidized and market-rate affordable housing and social services
available in each of several participating metro areas, using the Internet
and simple point-and-click computer technology. To learn more, go to www.socialserve.com.
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>> The Tax Credit fight moves to final stage. House and Senate
negotiators are working out differences on federal tax legislation that
could reduce corporate investments based on the Low Income Housing Tax
Credit, New Markets Tax Credit, and Historic Rehabilitation Tax Credit.
Both the House and Senate have approved legislation that would cut taxes on
dividends but leave tax credits unharmed. However, negotiators may turn to
a version of the dividend tax cut proposed by the Bush Administration.
Under that approach, a corporation would be able to pass on its
shareholders less tax-free income if it receives tax credits, making the
tax credits less valuable to corporations. The result could mean
substantially less investment in low income communities.
>> The Florida State Legislature preserved documentation stamp
revenues as the source of dedicated state housing funding for Sadowski
State Housing Trust Fund programs. This important step towards preservation
of long term affordable housing funds in Florida was facilitated by
community advocates such as 1000 Friends of Florida, the Sadowski
Coalition, LISC, and their partners.
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