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  • 1.At the Crossroads Why Partnerships Matter for Improving thePost-Foreclosure LandscapeLynn M. Ross, AICP Director of State and Local Initiatives

2. National Housing Conference

  • For more than 75 years, the nonprofit National Housing Conference (NHC) has been theUnited Voice for Housing .
  • A membership drawn fromevery industry segmentforms the foundation for NHCs broad,nonpartisan advocacy for national policiesand legislation that promote suitable housing in a safe, decent environment .

3. Center for Housing Policy

  • Research affiliate of NHC specializes in developingsolutionsthroughresearch
  • Works tobroaden understandingof the nations housing challenges and to examine the impact of policies and programs developed to address these needs.

4. Expanded State and Local Strategy

  • Increasing the Availability of Affordable Homes: A Handbook of High-impact State and Local Solutions
    • Released in January 2007
    • Foundation for larger strategy
  • HousingPolicy.org
    • Online guide to state and local housing policy
    • Launched January 2008
  • Solutions for Working Families
    • Hosted in Chicago June 2009
    • First-of-its-kind learning conference for state and local leaders working on housing issues

5. Housing by the Numbers

  • 3,957,643
  • 20
  • 14.8 million
  • 7.6
  • $3.75 billion

6. What Do We Know?

  • At the Crossroads
    • Foreclosure Crisis Not Over
    • Housing Still Not Affordable
    • Transportation and Energy Costs Rising
    • Challenged State and Local Budgets
    • Game-Changing Federal Legislation Coming

7. What Should We Do?

  • Develop comprehensive, coordinated housing policy
    • Focus on ProductionandPreservation
    • Link Housing to Transportation Solutions
    • Zoning that Encourages Housing Diversity, Compact Development, and Affordability
  • Make it easier for families to reduce reliance on cars
    • Increase Density near Public-Transit and Job Centers
    • Improve Public Transit System
    • Facilitate Complete Streets, Biking, and Walking

8. What Should We Do?

  • Guarantee access by families to transit- and job-accessible neighborhoods
    • Rental Housing Preservation
    • Inclusionary Zoning (w/ permanent affordability)
    • Shared Equity Homeownership
    • Employer-Assisted Housing
  • Improve energy efficiency in the construction, rehabilitation, operation, andlocationof homes

9. How Will We Do It?

  • Recognizethe Opportunity
  • EncourageInteragency Coordination
  • Engagein Sustainable Decision-Making
  • UseBest Practices to create Next Practices
  • BuildPartnerships and Strategic Alliances

10. Why Partnerships?

  • MaximizeCommunity Assets
  • LeverageLimited Financial Resources
  • BuildandImplementa Stronger Strategy
  • ExpandAffordability to More Families

11. Got an idea for HousingPolicy.org? Contact Us!Your input is the key to making this site a valuable tool for communities nationwide.Ask questions, exchange ideas, and share your experience on theHousingPolicy.org Forum! Click onJoin HousingPolicy.org at the bottom right of any page to sign up forIn Focus the bi-monthly HousingPolicy.org e-newsletter. 12. Thank You! Lynn M. Ross, AICP 202-466-2121 ext 237 [email_address]