A coalition of community development partners have joined with the National NeighborWorks Association and banking industry leaders Citi and Wells Fargo, both NLC Capstone Corporate Partners, to create the Home Matters™ program.
The National League of Cities hosted a Metropolitan Leadership Forum in Phoenix during February 2013. Participants identified action steps in the fields of planning, partnership, leadership and citizen engagement that will help to build more sustainable and resilient communities.
Downtown St. Paul’s Penfield project, a $62 million mixed-use redevelopment effort, includes rental apartments and a full service grocery store with easy access to public transit. The financing arrangements and the “best value” contracting provisions demonstrate the creative and innovative approach undertaken by the city.
Basic shelter is the essential foundation of any block or street. Local zoning and land use rules are the pivot points that influence where and what kinds of housing are available. In the best circumstances, a flexible land use vision provides a broad array of housing choices to serve a myriad individual and family housing needs.
The uniqueness of a community is defined by the connections among neighbors, a commitment to shared public goods and factors such as livability – green spaces, public art, walkability, inclusiveness, and accessible services. Neighborhoods and families nurture the public virtues that connect people to a community and define their responsibilities within it.
As part of ongoing initiatives between NLC and The Home Depot Foundation, an NLC Capstone Corporate Partner, the two organizations will combine efforts to support housing programs for the nation’s military veterans, especially those who are disabled. This investment will help build NLC’s capacity to provide local officials with resources, best practices and learning opportunities focused on neighborhood-based housing rehabilitation and retrofitting initiatives addressing the needs of special populations, with a particular focus on military veterans returning from combat service and with disabilities.