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Community Land Trusts:

New York Community Land Trust - An educational video about the New York Community Land Trust, produced by Picture the Homeless


Community Benefit Agreements Resources from Partnership for Working Families:

CBAs Webpage:
CBA’s for Public Officials:
CBA’s for Developers:
Construction Careers Handbook:

National Mortgage Settlement Servicing Standards and Noncompliance: Results of a National Housing Counselor Survey    

National Housing Resource Center, 2013  

A national survey of housing counselors on servicer compliance with the National Mortgage Settlement servicing standards.

Download the full report here

Communities, Evictions, and Criminal Evictions - Public Housing and Disparate Impact: A Model Policy
Formerly Incarcerated and Convicted People's Movement, 2013

This report represents more than just a legal analysis about the struggles in low-income communities. What has been created is a national model, drawing from the expertise on the ground and in the legal community, to help people step up and out of the carnage created by two generations of the “War on Drugs.” 

Download the full report here

Spotlight: Asian American & Pacific Islander Poverty
National CAPACD, 2013 

This report is an attempt to focus attention on people in need and to broaden the conversation about what it means to be AAPI in America. 

Download the report summary here, and the full report here

Out of Reach 2013    
National Low Income Housing Coalition, 2013    

The Housing Wage in Out of Reach captures the gap between wages and rents across the country, and is the estimate of the full-time hourly wage that a household must earn to afford a decent apartment at the HUD estimated Fair Market Rent (FMR), while spending no more than 30% of income on housing costs. The 2013 Housing Wage is $18.79, exceeding the $14.32 hourly wage earned by the average renter by almost $4.50 an hour, and greatly exceeding wages earned by low income renter households. 

Download the full report here

Housing Instability For Renters Continues, Chicago Responds with Adoption of New Tenant Protections 
Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing, 2013 

The 2012 report examines the impact of foreclosure on the Chicago rental market and renter households using LCBH’s most recent data and the results of renter surveys, and makes recommendations for renter advocacy in light of the new protections in Chicago. Conclusions drawn in this report are informed by data analysis, recent research, and direct testimonials from Chicago renters impacted by foreclosure. 

Download the report summary here, and the full report here

Wasted Wealth: How the Wall Street Crash Continues to Stall Economic Recovery and Deepen Racial Inequity in America (2013)
, details how the foreclosure crisis is still devastating our communities and our economy today. The report was authored by the Alliance for Just Society and released with the Home Defender's League and The New Bottom Line. These organizations are leaders in the fight for a new economy that works for all, including winning principal reduction for millions of underwater homeowners. They have led the way on campaigns pushing for new leadership at the Federal Housing Finance Administration and winning relief and justice for homeowners from the big banks that crashed the economy. 

Regional and city reports are available here. Download the full report here

Making the Mortgage Market Work for America's Families     
Center for American Progress and the National Council of La Raza, 2013 

It is possible to design a housing-finance system that effectively meets America’s housing needs, as long as we are intentional and thoughtful about doing so. By supporting these core values of access and affordability, the housing-finance system can help provide access to credit, enable families to build wealth, build strong neighborhoods, and support both the local and national economy. 

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After the Downturn: New Challenges and Opportunities for Inclusionary Housing, examines how inclusionary housing policies fared during the nation's historic housing downturn, as well as the major issues and opportunities that confront inclusionary housing today, as the housing market begins to recover. 

By Robert Hickey, Center for Housing Policy, February 2013 

Eviction (Without) Notice: Renters and the Foreclosure Crisis 
National Law Center on Homelessness & Poverty, December 2012 

Modernizing the Fair Housing Act for the 21st Century: 2013 Fair Housing Trends Report
National Fair Housing Alliance, April 2013 

This report makes the case to amend the federal Fair Housing Act to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, source of income, and marital status.