1,700 Participate In NeighborWorks(r) Training Institute to Promote Homeownership and Community Development
NeighborWorks(r) America is sponsoring the nation’s premier community development training and education institute for professionals and community leaders desiring to learn about the latest tools and upgrade their capabilities in promoting homeownership and community development among low and moderate income families.
“Community leaders from all over the country come to Washington, DC to gain new perspectives on homeownership and community development,” says NeighborWorks(r) America CEO Ken Wade. “Individuals and communities gain independence and strength when they have tools to transform their communities. It is our intention that the NeighborWorks(r) Training Institute continues the vital work of helping people transform their lives and their neighborhood,” says Wade.
“We’re also grateful to our eight national sponsors: Fannie Mae Foundation, Wells Fargo Housing Foundation, Citigroup, MGIC, Freddie Mac, National Association of Realtors(r), Sears, and Home Depot Foundation for their recognition that with specialized education, together, we can promote homeownership and community economic development among people of modest means,” says Wade. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development also provided funding for scholarships.
Participants will receive specialized training in:
-- Affordable Housing
-- Asset Management
-- Community Building and Organizing
-- Community Economic Development
-- Construction and Production Management
-- Homeownership and Community Lending, presented by the NeighborWorks(r) Center for Homeownership Education and Counseling (NCHEC)
-- Management and Leadership
-- Neighborhood Revitalization.
Over the course of five days, the institute will offer more than 80 classes taught by 75 professionals who will train 1,700 individuals. Participants can earn a professional certificate in the eight programs of study listed above.
“The skills that community leaders learn here when used in their communities can make a real difference in achieving success in their projects, and as a result, in the lives of people in those communities,” says Wade. “This is an opportunity for community development practitioners to receive training and learn from each other about what is working in their respective communities.”
New this year are green building course offerings supported by The Home Depot Foundation. Attendees will learn about residential green building techniques and practices, lead-safe practices and compliance, building healthy homes and greening multifamily housing.
NeighborWorks(r) is also hosting the following events during the Institute training:
-- The Next Generation of Homeownership Partnerships is the subject of a one-day Homeownership Symposium that features experts from business and finance Wednesday August 24. This special event is made possible by New Century Financial Corporation, ETrade Financial and Freddie Mac.
-- Winners from the Innovations in Homeownership contest, sponsored by the MetLife Foundation will be announced at the conclusion of the Symposium.
-- Eight community organizers - local heros whose has national significance -- are honored with the Dorothy Richardson Award. The Richardson Award celebrates community organizers who foster relationships with private and public organizations and who motivate fellow citizens to improve and enrich neighborhoods.
Reporters wishing to attend any of these events can contact Bill Grassano at 202-220-2360. Activities take place at the Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Ave. NW Washington, D.C. August 22-26.
NeighborWorks(r) America provides financial support, technical assistance and training for communities across the nation, including the NeighborWorks(r) network - a nationwide network of more than 235 community development organizations working in more than 2,700 urban, suburban and rural communities across America. These organizations engage in revitalization strategies that strengthen communities and transform lives. In the last five years alone, NeighborWorks(r) organizations have generated more than $8.5 billion in reinvestment and helped more than 500,000 families of modest means purchase or improve their homes or secure safe, decent rental or mutual housing.
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