Next Week: Cleveland Housing Webinar, Atlanta Regional Housing Forum

For those working in the housing field or interested in housing issues, two great educational opportunities will be taking place next week.

The first event is an exciting webinar, sponsored by Enterprise Community Partners, on the efforts of two local community development organizations in Cleveland, Ohio to combat foreclosures, vacancy and neighborhood blight in a post-Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) world.

The webinar will take place on Tuesday, December 4 from 2:00-3:30 p.m.

For more information and to register, click here. A description of the webinar is below:

The city of Cleveland has been hit hard by the foreclosure crisis. In many neighborhoods home prices have fallen by more than half since 2005 and nearly 16,000 properties sit vacant and blighted. The availability of HUD Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) funding provided a brief but welcome solution to some of these problems. However, with that resource fading, what is the way forward in a post-NSP world? Now, more than ever, creative vacant housing redevelopment strategies are needed to reverse decline and rebuild damaged markets. This webinar will highlight the approach of two local community development organizations, Slavic Village Development and the Detroit Shoreway Community Development Organization, who are experimenting with novel approaches to housing renovation that requires little or no subsidy. Joined by Frank Ford from Neighborhood Progress Inc, this discussion is sure to offer inspiration for organizations across the country as we retool to face similar challenges in our own neighborhoods.

The second event is the next Atlanta Regional Housing Forum, a quarterly gathering of nonprofit, business, governmental, educational and grassroots organizations to discuss matters related to affordable housing and the related topics of transportation, land use and more. The forum is sponsored by the Home Depot Foundation and is organized by ANDP and ARC.

This month’s meeting deals with the urgent issue of veterans’ housing and will take place on Wednesday, December 5 at 9:30 a.m. in the Ballroom of the Loudermilk Center for the Regional Community in downtown Atlanta. The forum is open to all, and there is no fee to attend, but registration is requested. It is also requested that attendees bring canned food items to the forum for donation to the Atlanta Community Food Bank.

For more information and to register, visit http://www.atlantaregionalhousing.org/forum/index.htm. A description of the forum is below:

According to the Veterans Empowerment Organization (VEO), 2,000 veterans already reside on the streets of Atlanta. Simply providing shelter is not the answer to our homeless veteran problem. We are indebted to the service of these veterans and we need to provide an environment where they can thrive in our society. With thousands of veterans returning to Georgia and the US from the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan (OEF/OIF) over the next several years, the number of veterans in urgent need of housing and other support is expected to increase. By planning ahead and preparing the necessary supportive services and housing options, we can, working together as a regional team, minimize homelessness and solve it as it becomes apparent in the region.

Join us as we learn about the work of the Atlanta Regional Rapid Response team. The Atlanta Regional Rapid Response team was formed to respond to the VA’s national challenge for metro areas to house 100 homeless vets in 100 days. The Atlanta team met and exceeded the national challenge by housing 138 veterans in less than 100 days! Atlanta’s effort was featured on a national webinar hosted by HUD The team includes representatives from the VA, HUD, DeKalb Housing Authority, Decatur Housing Authority, Atlanta Housing Authority, United Way, Project Community Connections, and the Office Mayor Reed. This regional team is now focused on its goals for 2013 to house 300 more homeless vets with VASH vouchers by December, 2013.

Agenda

9:00 a.m. – Registration

9:30 a.m. – Welcome & Introductions – Bill Bolling, Atlanta Community Food Bank

9:35 a.m. – Addressing Veterans Housing Issues – Heather Pritchard, The Home Depot Foundation

9:45 a.m. – Panel Discussion – The panel will present information on current efforts to connect Atlanta area veterans to quality, affordable housing through VASH and other initiatives. Invited panelists include:

Leonard Adams, President and CEO, Quest35 Housing

Doug Faust, Executive Director, Decatur Housing Authority

Susan Lampley (Invited) – Project Officer, Innovation Delivery Team, Office of Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed

Jenifer Turner Reid – Deputy Network Homeless Coordinator, Veterans Administration (VA)

11:45 a.m. – Adjourn

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