Monday, March 22, 2010

"Housing Solutions Week 2010" – Series of Online Announcements and Events Provides Ideas for Helping Solve Today’s Housing Challenges

This week, the Center for Housing Policy and National Housing Conference (NHC) are hosting Housing Solutions Week 2010 – a series of events focused on state and local strategies for responding to today’s critical housing challenges. Below you'll find a summary of the events and activities taking place this week.

Schedule of Events

Tuesday, March 23
  • Announcement of New "Paycheck to Paycheck" Study: This regularly-updated study is provided in an online, interactive database format and compares wage information for more than 60 occupations with average home prices and rents in more than 200 metropolitan areas nationwide. In addition to Paycheck to Paycheck’s traditionally featured occupations, this year’s report will highlight several "green economy" jobs, including insulation workers, HVAC mechanics and environmental engineering technicians, to see how their wages stack up against housing costs.

Wednesday, March 24
  • Announcement of "Strategies to Meet the Housing Needs of Older Adults" Report, and Launch of Older Adults Focused Toolkit: Following the release of the new report, please join us at 1 p.m. Eastern/10 a.m. Pacific for a Webinar presentation introducing the accompanying online housing policy toolkit. Both the report and in-depth toolkit were developed in collaboration with AARP and are focused on meeting the housing needs of Americans age 50 and over. Register for the Webinar!
  • Regional Foreclosure Response and Data Tools on Check back in at 3 p.m. Eastern/12 p.m. Pacific for a Webinar discussion on how the Washington, DC region has responded to the foreclosure crisis. The session will also take a closer look at data tools available on that you can use to analyze the needs of your community. Register for the Webinar!

Thursday, March 25
  • Launch of "Make Homes More Resistant to Natural Disasters" Toolkit: Call in at 1 p.m. Eastern/10 a.m. Pacific for a Live at the Forum event describing this new online toolkit and a series of related issue briefs, developed with support from NHC Housing Leadership Support Program Partner WeatherPredict Consulting. The call will feature information on programs aimed at expanding financial support for disaster-resistant home construction and renovations, along with strategies for combining funding streams to make homes more energy-efficient as well. Speakers will also discuss ways to help low-income families pay for upgrades to make their homes more resilient to natural disasters. After the call, please join the speakers on the Forum to get answers to your questions in real time. Visit the Forum!

Friday, March 26
  • Release of Two Papers on Coordinating Housing, Transportation, and Workforce Policies: Call in at 1 p.m. Eastern/10 a.m. Pacific for a Live at the Forum event featuring a discussion of findings from two new policy briefs from the Center for Housing Policy and the Metropolitan Planning Council that address the coordination of transportation, housing, and land-use policy, including on-the-ground examples from Atlanta and the Twin Cities. After the call, you can go to the Forum to interact with the speakers and get answers to your questions in real time. Visit the Forum!
For more information about Housing Solutions Week 2010, please visit

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