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Meet Hala Farid, NACEDA's Newest Board Member

 Hala Farid speaks at People & Places 2017

As a new intern at NACEDA, I had a lot of fun talking with the newest member of the NACEDA Board of Directors, Hala Farid. She is Director of Citi Community Development's Office of Homeownership Preservation. Hala is hilarious, dynamic, and very passionate about housing and community development. I’m excited for you all to meet her too. 

April 11, 2018

Webinar: Initiating Community Benefit Partnerships

This webinar was hosted by NACEDA and presented by Kate Hill-Johnson, Administrative Director of Community Health Improvement at Franciscan Health. Kate is responsible for the oversight and direction of the Community Benefit Program for all hospitals in the Franciscan Health System in Indiana and Illinois. The webinar provides:
  • an overview of IRS Community Benefit regulation, Community Health Needs Assessments, and Community Health Improvement Plans
  • suggestions on how to engage with hospitals in work that improves community health
  • online tools you can use to access information about hospital community benefit staff, priorities, and spending.

View the webinar and PowerPoint slides.

How to Do Creative Placemaking: An Action-Oriented Guide to Arts in Community

ArtsThe National Endowment for the Arts published How to Do Creative Placemaking: An Action-Oriented Guide to Arts in Community Development as a resource for engaging with the arts sector, useful information for community developers. The book is a collection of framing essays that introduce creative placemaking values and practice, as well as case studies gleaned from the NEA’s Our Town creative placemaking program.


Illinois Protects Homebuyers From Rent-To-Own Scams

Sharon Legenza from Housing Action Illinois talks about rent-to-own protectionsNACEDA member Housing Action Illinois led the charge to pass a bipartisan bill protecting homebuyers from predatory rent-to-own scams.

February 7, 2018

Inspirations and Aspirations for 2018

Joan ServissI had the pleasure of talking with Joan Serviss, executive director of the Arizona Housing Coalition. Joan became a NACEDA member after a merger between the Arizona Coalition to End Homelessness (led by Joan) and the Arizona Housing Alliance (led by Val Iverson, a NACEDA board member). Joan and Val served as co-executive directors from July 1 until yesterday, when Val retired. We're that delighted Val will continue to serve on the board and that the NACEDA network will get to know Joan.

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New Hope Housing Delivers Rapid Response After Hurricane Harvey

Guests move into the Residences on EmancipationIn just 10 days, New Hope Housing was able to transform an abandoned homeless shelter into temporary housing for hundreds living in the convention center after Hurricane Harvey.

December 20, 2017

Healthy Places Gather Under One Roof

Frank Woodruff at Under1Roof Conference

The Housing Community & Development Network of New Jersey focused their Under One Roof Conference on "Housing As Health." That was an important milestone for NACEDA Executive Director Frank Woodruff. He reflects on the event and the journey he and the Network took to get there.

October 31, 2017

A Look at a Medical, Legal Aid Partnership in New Orleans

Medical-New OrleansA health center in New Orleans has partnered with a legal services agency to better help patients by addressing the social determinants of health. This “medical-legal partnership” is part of a growing trend that’s taking place across the nation. Read the Shelterforce article

Creating a Sanctuary For Youth in Camden, New Jersey

Camden, New Jersey Learning from the health world’s understanding of trauma can create better outcomes for service organizations—and better workplaces too. Read the Shelterforce article

A New Responsibility for Children’s Hospitals: The Health of Neighborhoods

Children's Hospital OhioChildren’s hospitals in Ohio are making key investments to address a major cause of poor health — substandard housing. Read the Shelterforce article

How a Risk-Averse Hospital and a Risk-Taking CDC Built a Functional Partnership

Mingo-EdgarAngela Mingo of Nationwide Children’s Hospital and Rev. John Edgar of Community Development for All People discuss their collaboration to address a major cause of poor health in their Columbus, Ohio neighborhood:  substandard housing. Read the Shelterforce interview.

Housing Is Health: Ballot Initiatives in California Approved

Housing is HealthNon-Profit Housing Association of Northern California communications director Alina Harway converses with three county supervisors who were instrumental in moving affordable housing ballot measures forward in the California Bay Area by bringing in the health factor. Read the conversation on Shelterforce

Community Benefit Insight

Community Benefit InsightUsing the Community Benefit Insight database, community economic development associations can use data to initiate relationships with hospitals and make realistic suggestions on the long-term impacts. 

Connecting the Dots

Vitalyst Health FoundationNonprofit hospitals' community benefit requirements provide an opportunity for community developers to engage with hospitals. Use this Healthy Leaders Policy Guide to connect with nonprofit hospitals and implement plans for healthier communities. 

Innovative Models In Health And Housing

Innovative Models in Health and HousingThis report innovative examples to illustrate how systems of financial resources, public policies, leadership principles, and programs are aligning to improve health and economic outcomes for low- and moderate-income people and places.

Improving Community Health by Strengthening Community Investment

Improving Community Health

This issue brief explains how communities can leverage capital from hospitals and health systems to improve the environment for healthy living.

Health Impact Assessments in the United States

Pew Charitable TrustsHealth Impact Assessments can inform choices to improve public health through community design. Use this interactive map to sort and analyze data and figure out how to use these assessments to make your community healthier.

Health Impact Assessment Can Inform Community Development Decisions

Health Impact AssessmentHealth Impact Assessment is a rapidly growing field that brings data, health expertise, and public input together. This data can identify the potential effects on public health of projects, programs, and policies. These case studies show how Health Impact Assessments work and inform state and local community development decisions.

Anchoring to Strengthen Your Region's Case for Systems Change

ReThink Health

Population-level health data provides evidence for community developers to identify cost-effective health programs that improve health outcomes. Access five strategies to use this data to encourage healthcare systems to invest in communities.

Jargon Buster

Dictionary Image Border 3Working across the health and community development sectors begins with speaking the same language. If you’re lost in a sea of acronyms, this tool can help. The Build Healthy Places Network Jargon Buster demystifies common industry jargon.