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Author(s)/Creator(s): Community Housing Partners
The following study details the results of a pilot project of NeighborWorks America, which asked 2rw Consultants to evaluate the effectiveness of engineered energy calculation models to adjust utility allowances at affordable housing properties across the United States. NeighborWorks then engaged Community Housing Partners (CHP) to assess the results. The results indicate that using the engineered utility allowance method to estimate usage and costs can be beneficial for affordable housing properties in two ways. First, owners and managers of LIHTC properties will find it easier to fund and recover investments in energy efficiency. Second, pairing the engineered energy calculation method with a resident education program can be used to improve resident use and understanding of energy-efficient components in their homes.

Author(s)/Creator(s): Stockton Williams
Naturally-occuring affordable housing units are likely to be used to serve higher-income households, and affordable housing units are increasingly lost or at risk of losing government subsidies. This report highlights sixteen leading efforts and innovative approaches to preserve affordable housing, including below-market debt funds, private equity vehicles, and real estate investment trusts.

Author(s)/Creator(s): Sam LaTronica
Sam LaTronica, candidate in Urban Planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, presented innovative case studies in affordable single-family home construction, including goals, positive outcomes, and lessons learned.

Author(s)/Creator(s): Ira Goldstein, Lois Greco, Maggie Grieve
The Wells Fargo Regional Foundation has a well-established continuum of grantmaking and technical-assistance programs designed to improve the quality of life for children and families living in low-income communities in eastern Pennsylvania, Delaware, and New Jersey. The foundation's decade long focus on neighborhood revitalization has helped to shape a resident-driven, collaborative, long-term, and data-informed approach designed to make neighborhoods more attractive for large-scale investment. In 2014, the foundation engaged The Reinvestment Fund and Success Measures at NeighborWorks America to jointly evaluate the impact of its grantmaking and related programs from 2003 to 2013, to determine if practices in its approach could be transferred to other regions, and to assess its influence in the field. The evaluation examined lessons from 140 grants, totaling $41.69 million, that enabled hundreds of projects in the region and leveraged $231.5 million in direct and indirect neighborhood investment. Based on the findings of the evaluation, the foundation reaffirmed its mission, revised certain aspects of its Neighborhood Grants Program, and in a new strategic plan further defined and enhanced its opportunities for collaboration and shared learning within the funding community.

Author(s)/Creator(s): Widmeyer Communications
Homeownership remains an integral part of the American dream, but the burden of student loans has clouded views of homeownership. Those with student loan debt are much more likely to consider renting a home instead of purchasing a home. Widmeyer Communications, a Finn Partners Company, share key findings in this survey conducted from Sept. 14-18, 2015 with a nationally-representative sample of 1,000 U.S. adults.

Author(s)/Creator(s): Nathalie Janson
Nathalie Janson, candidate in Master in Urban Planning at the Harvard Graduate School of Design, researched comprehensive community development, including its impact, challenges and opportunities for support.

We worked with SMARI to execute and report the results of a national consumer financial survey. The survey is aimed at providing important consumer-based information that will inform our delivery of financial capability services and training tools to the nonprofit development profession, expanding understanding of the financial literacy and capability of American households. The results of the survey will add to the body of information gleaned from the first financial capability survey conducted in the spring of 2014.

Author(s)/Creator(s): Alex Barkley, Mary Margaret McMiller, Nancy Hood
There is no question that eviction is bad news for renters. Forced moves put individuals and families at risk in so many ways: They have a more difficult time being accepted as tenants elsewhere; they frequently are disconnected from social-support networks, health care providers, employment and schools; and the stress takes a psychological toll of its own. For property owners and managers, turnover means additional expense for legal procedures, recruitment of new tenants and apartment make-ready. But in the nonprofit, mission-oriented world, it's not just about money; it's also about addressing the underlying challenges that drive nonpayment of rent to begin with. The question is what (resident) services are most successful as well as cost efficient. This is the issue this study set out to explore.

Author(s)/Creator(s): Peter A. Tatian, Charles A. Calhoun, Kenneth M. Temkin, Neil S. Mayer
The Urban Institute completed a four-year evaluation of Rounds 3 through 5 of the National Foreclosure Mitigation Counseling (NFMC) program. Using a representative NFMC sample of 137,000 loans and a comparison non-NFMC sample of 103,000 loans, the Urban Institute was able to employ robust statistical techniques to isolate the impact of NFMC counseling on loan performance through June 2013.

The final evaluation of Rounds 3 through 5 conducted by Urban Institute indicates that the NFMC program continues to have positive effects for homeowners participating in the program Counseled homeowners were more likely to cure a serious delinquency or foreclosure with a modification or other type cure, stay current after obtaining a cure, and for NFMC clients who cured a serious delinquency, avoid foreclosure altogether.

This publication profiles the 2013 network members recognized by the NeighborWorks Green Organization Designation program. The designation indicates those network members who have demonstrated a commitment to sustainable operations and principles. Read this publication to learn from their practices.

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