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  • Healthy People: A Fundamental Part of Healthy Communities

    Healthy People: A Fundamental Part of Healthy Communities

    Communities that lack access to full service grocery stores, farmers markets, and other healthy food establishments, are subject to a host of disadvantages. We consider the negative implications of these 'food deserts,' and present a variety of strategies to address them.

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  • Residential Improvement Districts and Neighborhood Stability

    Residential Improvement Districts and Neighborhood Stability

    Over the past ten years, advocates and policy analysts have considered whether the business improvement district model of paying an extra surcharge for added services could be duplicated in residential communities. We explore the purpose behind these "residential improvement districts," and consider potential benefits and challenges.

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  • Heart and Soul – Helping Communities Find their Way

    Heart and Soul – Helping Communities Find their Way

    Neighborhoods across the country are looking for meaningful ways to grow and succeed. To kick-start this process, the Orton Family Foundation has published a Heart & Soul Field Guide designed to help communities thoughtfully plan for and implement impactful stabilization road maps and programs that build on community strengths.

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  • Mobile Food Markets and Neighborhood Health

    Mobile Food Markets and Neighborhood Health

    Easy access to high quality, healthy food can be a challenge for underserved communities. Among the strategies developed to address this issue is the mobile food market - or grocery store on wheels - that has gained ground during the recent upsurge in modern food truck vending.

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  • Scientifically Proven Methods for High Impact Storytelling

    Scientifically Proven Methods for High Impact Storytelling

    Knowing how to effectively convey the significance of what you do is extremely important. By mining the cognitive and social science fields for relevant research, Neighborhood Partnerships, a non-profit housing assistance organization, has created a messaging toolkit that outlines ways to strengthen your storytelling skills.

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  • Race and Neighborhood Development

    Race and Neighborhood Development

    A new study examined a number of neighborhoods in the City of Chicago to determine the relationship between race and neighborhood growth, and found the higher the percentage of minority residents, the lower the level of investment.

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  • Business Districts and Neighborhood Revitalization

    Business Districts and Neighborhood Revitalization

    Business improvement districts (BID's) have been around for more than 40 years, and hundreds of cities and neighborhoods across the country have adopted them as a way to strengthen and grow commercial corridors. Read on to help you determine whether a BID would be useful for your community.

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  • Watch Our NEW Neighborhood Marketing Program Video

    Watch Our NEW Neighborhood Marketing Program Video

    The video highlights the work of three Neighborhood Marketing Program participants and their work to change external perceptions and bolster resident confidence in their neighborhoods.

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  • Find Grant Opportunities on Our Events Page!

    Find Grant Opportunities on Our Events Page!

    In an effort to make our site into a clearinghouse for the best resources from the community stabilization field, we have added grant opportunities to our events page!

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Designing a Place-Based Plan for StabilizationLearn about a logical series of steps in designing a place-based plan for stabilization, including strategic partnerships, market analysis, eight categories of stabilization strategies, and more.

Beyond Stabilization: Strategies for Sustainable CommunitiesAll communities impacted by foreclosures also have a unique opportunity, in the midst of crisis, to rethink what they want to become over the long term and establish new directions. Learn about comprehensive planning here.

Neighborhood Stabilization Program (NSP) StrategiesThe NSP program is the centerpiece of funding for many stabilization responses. Learn about NSP and how others are using it effectively here.

PolicyStabilization responses must include strategies to reshape policy at the local, state and national level to effect real change. Learn about these approaches here.

TrainingMany new and exciting training opportunities are available to help practitioners and policymakers craft and deliver effective stabilization strategies. Learn about classroom and online training here.