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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.

Author(s)/Creator(s): Jayne Windham

Ten certifications to consider when rehabilitating homes in rural communities.

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.

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.

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.

Now housing developers must change their approach to marketing and selling in order to expect good results.NeighborWorks America's Stable Communities Initiative created this guide to:
  1. Assist you in developing a marketing and sales plan for your homes
  2. Help you train and manage your development and sales team
  3. Share templates, examples and resources to aid quick implementation of your plan

Author(s)/Creator(s): Kenneth Temkin, Neil S. Mayer
Neil Mayer and Associates, together with Experian, conducted a study on the effectiveness of NeighborWorks pre-purchase homeownership counseling and education. Using information from about 75,000 loans originated between October 2007 and September 2009, analyzed the impact of pre-purchase counseling and education, provided by NeighborWorks' network, on the performance of counseled borrowers' mortgages. Overall, the study found 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 receive pre-purchase counseling from NeighborWorks organizations.

This report highlights the work of eight organizations, members of the NeighborWorks® America network, that are using innovative and promising strategies to accomplish community stabilization goals. All demonstrate success in using a patchwork of local, state and federal resources. These case studies demonstrate that there is no one-size-fits-all approach to community stabilization. However, reliable funding, strong partnerships and deliberate community engagement prove to be essential components of success. Their responses have been shaped by a range of factors, including the strengths and the experience of their individual organizations, the condition of local housing markets, the presence of community assets on which to build and the dictates of available funding sources.

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