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Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Defaulting on the Dream: States Respond to America’s Foreclosure Crisis

The PEW Charitable Trusts published this comprehensive report in April, 2008 on how state governments are responding to the foreclosure crisis in America. The report focuses on two approaches: helping borrowers avoid foreclosure and keep their homes, and preventing problematic loans from being made in the first place. To read the report, go to

Empowering Local Communities Through Leadership Development and Capacity Building

This publication from HUD’s Office of University Partnerships (OUP) documents how OUP-supported development of leadership and capacity-building skills helps individuals and organizations take charge of building better communities. The report features individuals who put their leadership skills to work to change their communities. It also gives accounts of organizations that used increased capacity to improve the lives of the people they serve. Print versions are in limited supply, but may be ordered free of charge by calling 1-800-245-2691, option 3, or by sending an e-mail to

Green Rehabilitation of Multifamily Rental Properties: A Resource Guide

Local Initiatives Support Corp. (LISC) has a new publication for affordable housing owners who want to integrate “green” technologies into upgrades of their multifamily properties. The guide is a joint project of Bay Area LISC and Build it Green, a California-based, nonprofit organization promoting healthy and energy-efficient housing. For more information, go to