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9/9/2016
Preserving affordable housing: what works
In this guest post from the Urban Institute, two experts discuss how preserving existing affordable housing prevents displacement, is generally cheaper than building new housing and adapts to existing land-use patterns.
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8/18/2016
Five ways gardening feeds the soul
You've heard about community gardening, right? You may think it's just a nice way to socialize and use vacant lots, while maybe getting some fresh vegetables for dinner. But it can be so much more than that. Read how gardening together benefits both individuals and communities.
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8/14/2016
Every city has more than one story
Why did Detroit go bust, and just how well is it doing today? The answers depend on who you ask, and whose version of the story gets the most attention. How many stories does your city or neighborhood have, and are you listening to more than one?
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8/8/2016
Tap into benefits of ‘town’ and ‘gown’ partnerships
Historically, the relationship between “towns” (cities and neighborhoods) and “gowns” (universities) have been rich with potential, but also fraught with challenges. In this post, we explore a variety of ways community development professionals can collaborate with universities.
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7/28/2016
Paying for solar: tips for financing a residential system
There are a lot of different ways to finance the installation of solar panels in a home. This blog post and accompanying video from the U.S. Department of Energy outlines the most popular and easy ways to purchase and lease solar.
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7/26/2016
How to turn around a declining neighborhood
Just over two years ago, Rural Neighborhoods qualified for NeighborWorks America’s Stable Communities Catalytic Grant program. And the nonprofit used it to turn around one of Florida's poorest cities. Here's how.
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7/8/2016
Three questions to ask before choosing art as a community builder
When it’s public, and “participatory,” art not only infuses new life into vacant spaces, but builds community and civic spirit. Read what a few NeighborWorks network organizations are doing to brighten their neighborhoods and bring diverse residents together using art.
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7/1/2016
The Atlantic’s James Fallows: How to make good news from small towns newsworthy
How do you get media attention for all the good news that’s happening in towns and cities across the country? The keynote speaker at the NeighborWorks Training Institute symposium in Detroit will be James Fallows of The Atlantic magazine, who has traveled to two dozen American towns sharing the good work many organizations and people are doing. And he has some advice.
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6/24/2016
‘It takes a village’ to serve low-income renters
Many communities across the country face the challenge of both preserving affordable rental housing and engaging tenants with the broader community. Read how this NeighborWorks network member addressed both challenges head on.
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6/21/2016
Partnerships can mitigate gentrification
Can you prevent or turn around gentrification of a neighborhood, thus improving it without driving out low-income residents? This Boston forum explored the answer to that question and discovered many positive tactics that can help.
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