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Great Job Opportunity for for a Neighborphile

Chelsea Neighborhood Developers is seeking a Director of Community Engagement. This is a great, neighborhood-focused organization with a wonderful executive director.  If you are into neighborhoods, this is a rare opportunity and could be your dream job. See job at  Also check out a short… Continue

Added by Marcia Nedland on June 2, 2011 at 2:08pm — No Comments

It's Time to Get Crazy and Differentiate Your Place

The Urbanophile is my favorite blogger on cities and planning.  In his most recent entry (Sunday, May 29, "How I Think About Cities",, he describes how he thinks about cities, given his background as a management consultant, and how it differs from the way the public sector thinks about them.  He conveys an explanation for a frustration I've had whenever I work with a place (neighborhood or city) on a marketing…


Added by Marcia Nedland on May 30, 2011 at 2:19pm — 1 Comment

Greening a community and putting vacant land to use through civic engagement

New Kensington Community Development Corporation (NKCDC) is located in Philadelphia. This organization, as stated in their mission statement, “works to strengthen the physical, social, and economic fabric of the community by being a catalyst for…


Added by Sara Varela on May 25, 2011 at 11:00am — 2 Comments

Cambridge Goes Green and Historic

Cambridge Neighborhood Apartment Housing Services (CNAHS) and its affiliate Homeowners Rehab Inc. have just won two awards from the City of Cambridge for their Pine Street project: a GoGreen award and a Historic Preservation award.


This is the first LEED for Homes Platinum affordable housing rehab project in Massachusetts. Check out the…


Added by Michelle McDonough Winters on May 24, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

New Class on Marketing for Stabilization Went Great in Detroit

Last week, I joined more than 1500 community development professionals in Detroit for the NeighborWorks Training Institute.  It was a terrific venue for this event - lots of issues and lots of creative responses. For the first time that I know of NTI organized several free afternoon tours of different neighborhoods in the city, which sold out and added a welcome new dimension to the NTI experience.  


I launched a new course on Thursday and Friday, NR275: Marketing Strategies…


Added by Marcia Nedland on May 23, 2011 at 10:32am — No Comments

National Program Consultant (Public Allies)

Position: National Program Consultant…


Added by Jobs on May 19, 2011 at 10:00am — No Comments

What will happen to Fannie and Freddie?

Two lawmakers, a California Republican and a Michigan Democrat, are set to unveil legislation Thursday to replace mortgage giants Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac with at least five private companies that would issue mortgage-backed securities with explicit federal guarantees.

The measure is a compromise between conservative Republicans who have advanced bills to build a mostly private mortgage-finance system and Democrats, who say the government shouldn't abandon the mortgage…


Added by Janlynn McNerney on May 13, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Home Values Decline

Zillow released its Q1 2011 Real Estate Market Report.

In the report, the company said U.S. home values posted their largest quarter-over-quarter decline since the fourth quarter of 2008, falling three percent.

Since home values peaked in June 2006, they’ve fallen a staggering 29.5 percent.

At the same time,…


Added by Janlynn McNerney on May 10, 2011 at 5:13pm — No Comments

MetLife Foundation Awards for Excellence in Affordable Housing

Enterprise Community Partners, Inc. and the MetLife Foundation are accepting entries for the 16th Annual MetLife Foundation Awards for Excellence in Affordable Housing. This year's competition focuses on best practices in the area of green and service-enriched affordable housing for seniors.

When is the deadline for submitting the… Continue

Added by NeighborWorks America on May 5, 2011 at 4:00pm — No Comments

An Annual Meeting that reflects a sense of community


Last Friday Lawrence Community Works located in Massachusetts celebrated its Annual Meeting. I was honored to be invited and present Nelson Butten with the National Award for Excellence in Community Building and Organizing.

Nelson and his colleagues have worked tirelessly to create the…


Added by Sara Varela on May 3, 2011 at 4:32pm — 4 Comments

National Association of Home Builders - Green Approved Products Website

NAHB Green Approved Products


Here's a link to the NAHB site to find green products.  Especially valuable for those who are using the NAHB green standards.

Added by Dale Prunoske on May 3, 2011 at 8:53am — No Comments

Americans Prefer Sustainable Communities

Written by: PeterTrue

The National Association of Realtors (NAR) released a study today confirming what we at HUD have been hearing from people in communities around the country since this administration…


Added by Janlynn McNerney on April 27, 2011 at 11:29am — 1 Comment

Neighborhood Housing Services (NHS) of South Florida builds community relations

Here’s a story of how an organization brings residents together to improve a neighborhood.

NHS of South Florida located in Miami, is currently participating in the…


Added by Sara Varela on April 27, 2011 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

Building Stable Communities in Essex County, New Jersey

I have highlighted two of the organizations mentioned in this video on my blog (La Casa de Don Pedro and Brand New Day). The video is a great way to get a feel for the type… Continue

Added by Sara Varela on April 20, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Dodd Frank a gift that just keeps on giving

How about this note that I received? "I have been originating mortgages Georgia for almost 20 years, and done my best to stay away from 'steering' my borrowers to any loans they either couldn't afford or shouldn't be in. But when are the Realtors going to face the consequences of steering borrowers into homes they can't really afford, and then collecting their 5 or 6% commissions based on that higher-priced house? Why doesn't Dodd Frank include them?"   

Dodd Frank is indeed the gift…


Added by Janlynn McNerney on April 20, 2011 at 10:06am — No Comments

Community Development Manager (Chautauqua Opportunities)

Position: Community Development Manager…


Added by Jobs on April 15, 2011 at 11:30am — No Comments

Liquid House-wrap???

Can spray applied house-wrap replace traditional house-warp?


Check out the waterbased, no VOC, liquid applied product from BASF.


BASF Enershield


I'm curious if anyone out there is using this or a comparable product.  If so, let me know.

Added by Dale Prunoske on April 12, 2011 at 11:23am — No Comments

Community Gardens as a way to build community, make connections, and improve a neighborhood

Last Fall La Casa Inc., located in…


Added by Sara Varela on April 11, 2011 at 2:00pm — No Comments

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