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Saturday, October 1, 2005

Building the Organizations That Build Communities

A 2003 Department of Housing and Urban Development symposium focused on strategies that faith-based and community organizations use to become successful community development organizations. This is a collection of papers that were presented at the symposium on the topic. Visit

Low-Income Housing Tax Credit Database

The Department of Housing and Urban Development has updated its database on housing created with the help of low-income housing tax credits. The database contains information on 22,000 projects and more than 1.1 million housing units. Researchers can also find information on geographical distribution and neighborhood characteristics of tax credit projects. Visit

Turning Around Downtown: Twelve Steps to Revitalization

This Brookings Institution research report suggests 12 steps for returning downtown areas into walkable communities. The first six steps describe the “hard” and “soft” infrastructure that is needed and also define the public’s and nonprofit sector’s roles in the revitalization process. The next six steps describe how to bring a viable private real estate sector back downtown. The report is available at

Angel Investment Groups, Networks and Funds: A Guidebook to Developing the Right Angel Organization for Your Community

This guidebook provides tools, practical suggestions and best practices in starting and operating an angel group. It can be downloaded at The publication is a project of the Angel Capital Association, with sponsorship of the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation.

Consumer & Economic Development Research & Information Center (CEDRIC)

The center’s research repository at the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago has been replaced with an upgraded web page that is more inclusive of community development research on the web. Active links search specifically for scholarly literature, including papers, books, abstracts and technical reports. The results page not only lists the documents, but also links to citations, library searches, web searches and author information. The web page address is