Chapter 8

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Web Resources

  • American Housing Survey— A good source of data on housing conditions in several cities and regions.
  • American Planning Association— This site offers a variety of information about the association. It has a large publications list that is very useful for all kinds of planning-related issues. Another useful site is that of the association’s Planning Advisory Service (PAS), whose reports can be accessed at
  • Census Scope— This site provides an easy-to-use tool to examine demographic trends in residential segregation.
  • Co-Housing Network— This coalition promotes cohousing and helps people start cohousing communities.
  • Enterprise Foundation— The Enterprise Foundation was started in 1982 by James Rouse, a real estate developer known, among other projects, for the develop­ment of Inner Harbor in Baltimore. The organization’s purpose is to bring lasting improvements to distressed communities. It is a national, nonprofit housing and community development organization.
  • Fannie Mae Foundation— The mission of this foundation is to transform com­munities through innovative partnerships and initiatives that revitalize neighborhoods and cre­ate affordable homeownership and housing opportunities across America.
  • Farmworkers and Colonia Communities— This section of the HUD home page contains listings and links to a wide variety of resources for individuals and organizations interested in farmworker housing.
  • Green Globe Certification— Alternative certification pro­cess for green building.
  • Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA) Data— The Home Mortgage Disclosure Act (HMDA), enacted by Congress in 1975 and implemented by the Federal Reserve Board’s Regulation C, requires lending institutions to report public loan data. In this section of the website, you can find out more about the regulation and its interpretation.
  • Housing Assistance Council— The Housing Assistance Council is a national nonprofit corporation created in 1971 to increase the availability of decent housing for rural, low-income people.
  • iGreenBuild— Provides articles, videos, and commentary about green building delivered to you from experts in LEED certification, sustainable design, renewable energy, green building materials, and hundreds of other environmentally friendly design and construction-related categories.
  • Internet Resources for the Built Environment— This site has a directory with more than 7,500 links. There is a planning resource directory, which has a list of housing-related sites. Also, an architectural resource directory focuses on buildings, construction, historic pres­ervation, and green architecture.
  • Local Initiatives Support Corporation— This national intermediary was started with a $10 million grant from the Ford Foundation and six Fortune 500 companies for the renovation of 100 neighborhoods. The purpose of LISC is to assist CDCs that are committed to compre­hensive residential and commercial development. LISC helps CDCs redevelop neighborhoods and communities in urban and rural settings.
  • The National Housing Conference (NHC)— This organization is a diverse coalition of housing leaders from the public and private sectors. Since 1931, the NHC has worked to forge consensus and develop innovative approaches to meet our nation’s housing needs.
  • National Housing Institute (NHI)— This nonprofit organization focuses on affordable housing in a community context. NHI publishes Shelterforce, which is available by subscription either online or in hard copy. NHI searches for innovative strategies, unique partnerships, and effective ways to organize low-income communities.
  • National Low Income Housing Coalition— This organization was established in 1974 and is dedicated to ending America’s affordable housing crisis. The NLIHC is committed to educating, organizing, and advocating to ensure decent, affordable housing within healthy neighborhoods for everyone. The website provides information on housing affordability across most areas of the United States.
  • Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation— The Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation, a national nonprofit, was created in 1978 by the Neighborhood Reinvestment Act (Public Law 95-557) to revitalize communities. It is a national intermediary and supports local CBOs.
  • The Neighborhood Reinvestment Training Institute— This organization provides train­ing to CDCs and other CBOs that are committed to community development—in particular, affordable housing, neighborhood economic development, and the quality of community life.
  • NeighborWorks America— This national nonprofit organiza­tion works on issues related to affordable housing. It has developed partnerships with more than 230 community-based organizations to provide training, education, and resources on affordable housing issues.
  • Racial Residential Segregation— A good source of data and research on racial residential segregation at the University of Michigan.
  • US2010— This website has some of the most detailed data on residential segregation. It provides data on residential segregation in metropolitan areas and school districts.
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development— This site lists all of the avail­able programs from HUD. It also has information on mortgages, best practices, and so forth. Another site of interest is HUD User (, which is the primary source for federal government reports and information on housing policy and programs, building technology, economic development, urban planning, and more.
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Best Practices—
  • U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, Data Set Reference Guide—
  • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency— A good resource on green building.
  • U.S. Green Business Council—