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  • Taking Charge -- From Blight to Bright

    Taking Charge -- From Blight to Bright

    The residents of Elkhart, Indiana, have teamed together to push for the restoration of a historic building, as well as find a purpose for the structure that helps neighborhood youth. The building is now home to the 'Summer Academy,' a volunteer-run program that offers students a variety of classes during the summer months.

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  • From Dumping Ground to Destination – Making Better Use of Alleys

    From Dumping Ground to Destination – Making Better Use of Alleys

    Alleyways are a ubiquitous presence in many communities, particularly urban neighborhoods, and are traditionally used for trash pick-up or parking. Over the past few years, planners have started to reimagine a new roll for these alleyways that incorporates a number of smart growth strategies.

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  • ‘Shared Value’ - Partnering with Anchor Institutions for Mutual Benefit

    ‘Shared Value’ - Partnering with Anchor Institutions for Mutual Benefit

    Meaningful partnerships between 'anchor institutions' and the neighborhoods they call home can yield benefits for both. In recognition of this promise, Stabilize has collected a variety of resources to help communities maximize their relationships with these institutions.

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  • Decorative Boarding – Keeping Abandoned Properties Safe, Artistically!

    Decorative Boarding – Keeping Abandoned Properties Safe, Artistically!

    The presence of even one or two abandoned properties on a block can significantly contribute to neighborhood decline. Christopher Toepfer, founder of The Neighborhood Foundation, offers a cost-friendly, artistic solution to the vacancy problem - Decorative Boarding.

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  • Nonprofits and Data Mining: Tools and Techniques

    Nonprofits and Data Mining: Tools and Techniques

    Data can help development professionals adopt effective revitalization strategies. Yet the amount of data that exists is vast and comes from numerous sources. To help make sense of all these numbers, a guidebook was recently released that provides advice on how best to leverage this information for maximum benefit.

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  • The National Equity Atlas – Making a Case for Racial Parity

    The National Equity Atlas – Making a Case for Racial Parity

    Racial disparities not only cost minority families higher standards or living and opportunities to move forward, but drive down economic growth as a whole. A tool was recently created to help communities make a strong case for strategies and programs that promote racial equity - the National Equity Atlas.

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  • Calculating Success – Measuring the Real Value of Community Work

    Calculating Success – Measuring the Real Value of Community Work

    The social value of community investment projects tend to be harder to quantify than economic impacts, despite their importance. To address this assessment gap, the Low-Income Investment Fund has come up with a Social Impact Calculator that places a dollar value on these quality of life factors.

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  • #Litterati – Can A Community Clean-Up Go Viral?

    #Litterati – Can A Community Clean-Up Go Viral?

    Removing trash from streets and open spaces is a good way to maintain a positive neighborhood image. A California entrepreneur has harnessed the ease and reach of social media to help clean-up sidewalks, parks, and other public spaces that is simple, cost-effective, and popular.

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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.