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Sunday, October 1, 2006

2004 Illinois Community Lending Fact Book

Published by Woodstock Institute, this statewide resource for mortgage-lending and home-buying trends includes statistics on low- and moderate-income home buying and high-cost lending. The book features information on the top metropolitan areas, including Springfield, Peoria, Champaign-Urbana, Bloomington-Normal, Rockford, the Quad Cities, Kankakee and Decatur in Illinois and St. Louis in Missouri. Information for individual metropolitan areas can be found online. The books can be purchased online for $25. Visit

Farmers Market Resource Guide

The USDA Agricultural Marketing Service’s guide lists grants, programs and other financial and informational resources available from public and private organizations. It is available online at or in printed form by contacting the Agricultural Marketing Service in Washington, D.C., at 202-720-8317.

Moving Home: Manufactured Housing in Rural America

Although fewer than 25 percent of all homes in the United States are located in rural areas, half of all manufactured houses are located there. This study from the Housing Assistance Council takes a look at who purchases manufactured housing, how the purchases are financed, public perception of manufactured housing and other issues. The study is available online at Printed copies are available for $3 each, to cover postage and handling, from Luz Rosas at the Housing Assistance Council, 202-842-8600, ext. 137.

Reaching New Heights

The National Congress for Community Economic Development has released its fifth national census measuring the quantitative achievements of community-based development organizations. The census shows significant increases in home and apartment production, commercial and industrial development and job creation by community development organizations. Read the report online at

Community Development Financial Institutions: Providing Capital, Building Communities, Creating Impact

The publication analyzes data from 517 community development financial institutions (CDFIs) for the fiscal year 2004. An industry overview and five supplemental brochures provide in-depth analysis of community development banks, community development credit unions, community development loan funds, community development venture capital funds and microenterprise funds. The publication is the work of the CDFI Data Project, an industry collaborative supported by the Fannie Mae Foundation, the Ford Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation. Project partners include the Aspen Institute, Association of Enterprise Opportunity, Coalition of Community Development Financial Institutions, Community Development Venture Capital Alliance, CFED, National Community Investment Fund, National Federation of Community Development Credit Unions, and Opportunity Finance Network. Visit for more information.