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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): 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): SMARI
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): 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.

Author(s)/Creator(s): Susan Ude
The purpose of this handbook is to provide community development organizations with information on: a) developing organizational continuity of operations plans; b) proactively assisting their communities with preparedness and c) pre-planning for recovery and actual disaster recovery. In order for community development organizations to be positioned to provide assistance they must still be operational after the storm has passed. This guide provides business continuity planning assistance and other information useful to community development organizations operating in potential or actual disaster areas.

The Financial Capability Demonstration Project, launched in 2010 with support from the Citi Foundation, showed what it takes to launch, enhance, evaluate, and increase the scale of financial coaching programs nationally. Specifically, the project results validate the use of financial coaching as a method of helping low- and moderate-income consumers to save money, pay down debt, and improve their credit scores.

Author(s)/Creator(s): Kenneth Temkin, Neil Mayer
NeighborWorks America's (NeighborWorks) nationwide network of affiliates offers pre-purchase homebuyer counseling and education throughout the country. Using information on about 75,000 loans originated between October 2007 and September 2009, Neil Mayer and Associates together with Experian analyzed the impact of pre-purchase counseling and education, provided by NeighborWorks' network, on the performance of counseled borrowers' mortgages. It compares mortgage performance for counseled buyers over two years after the mortgages are originated, compared to mortgage performance of borrowers who receive no such services.

The study's findings show that pre-purchase counseling and education works: clients receiving pre-purchase counseling and education from NeighborWorks organizations are one-third less likely to become 90+ days delinquent over the two years after receiving their loan than are borrowers who do not receiving pre-purchase counseling from NeighborWorks organizations. The finding is consistent across years of loan origin, even as the mortgage market changed in a period of financial crisis. It applies equally to first-time homebuyers and repeat buyers.

Navigating the Road to Housing Recovery is a comprehensive guide to resources and steps to take for those affected by Superstorm Sandy. If you have already begun to repair or rebuild your home, or if you are planning to do so soon, this guide is for you. If you were a renter and have been displaced from your home, you wil alsol find resources in this guide. If you owned a house damaged by the storm, but have not yet made a decision to repair or rebuild, the information in this guide can help you make an informed decision.

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