Thursday, February 4, 2010

Live at the Forum: Communities at Risk and Living Cities' Foreclosure Mitigation Initiative

Next Tuesday, February 9, the Center for Housing Policy will host a Live at the Forum online event focused on Living Cities' Foreclosure Mitigation Initiative, as well as their new report, Communities at Risk: How the Foreclosure Crisis is Damaging Urban Areas and What is Being Done About It. The report's authors, George McCarthy, Matt Pacenza, and Kevin McQueen, will be the featured presenters.

Hear About the Initiative: The two-part event begins at 2 p.m. EST (11 a.m. PST) with a 30-minute conference call, where major findings from the report and initiative will be presented. The call-in number is (712) 432-1001 and the access code is 452746624#.

Interact With the Authors: Immediately following the call, from 2:30 - 4 p.m. EST (11:30 a.m. to 1 pm. PST), George McCarthy, Matt Pacenza, and Kevin McQueen will be online to answer your questions. All questions should be posted to this thread, and you are welcome to post at any time before or during the event. Questions will be answered on a first-come, first-served basis until time runs out, so post early to be sure yours is addressed. Anyone is welcome to participate.

Note: You will need to refresh your browser periodically during the live event to view new questions and responses.

About the Initiative
Launched in late 2007, Living Cities' Foreclosure Mitigation Initiative provided $5.25 million in foreclosure mitigation grants to organizations in 10 locations. The purpose of these grants was to support innovative local neighborhood stabilization pilot projects that could become models for the acquisition and resale of foreclosed properties. An interim evaluation of the initiative, conducted by the Urban Institute, is available on the Living Cities Web site.

About the Report
Communities at Risk: How the Foreclosure Crisis is Damaging Urban Areas and What is Being Done About It describes how foreclosures are damaging America's cities, triggering a spiral of abandonment, decay and municipal budget shortfalls. It also looks at ten pilot projects that community groups and partnerships have developed to fight for their communities.

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