February 21, 2008
Affordable housing is about building homes that are accessible to employment and educational opportunities, and that people of limited means can afford to own, operate, and maintain over the long-term, creating stable, strong communities. Part of that equation is ensuring that homes are efficient- designed and built in a sustainable way to minimize their environmental impact and to reduce utility costs- and healthy- environments that improve air quality, have access to recreational opportunities, and are safe.
Affordable Housing and Trees Resource List
Fred Wacker, Chief Operating Officer, The Home Depot Foundation (Atlanta, GA)
The Home Depot Foundation believes that by helping families and individuals secure dependable, healthy, affordable housing, they are increasing their chances of success in all areas of their lives. They also believe that housing developers should go beyond just addressing the affordability issue to include a focus on the health and environmental impacts of housing design and construction. Housing should be built in a sustainable manner that also allows for immediate operating efficiencies to keep the housing affordable over the long-term.
John Linner, Fund Manager for the Corporate Equity Fund, National Development Council (Toledo, OH)
The National Development Council (NDC) is one of the oldest national nonprofit community and economic development organizations in the U.S. It was founded in 1969 with one purpose: increasing the flow of capital for investment, jobs, and community development to under served urban and rural areas across the country. Since that time, NDC has worked with thousands of communities in every one of the 50 states, providing technical assistance, professional training, investment in affordable housing, small business credit, and direct developer services. The NDC has invested nearly $320 million in equity for affordable housing or historic preservation projects (leveraging an additional $280 million), each year trained more than 3,000 economic development and housing development practitioners, and through Technical Assistance, their client communities brought in hundreds of millions of dollars of additional private and public investment for their community and economic development projects and programs. Like private investment bankers, they match the best sources of capital with project needs. But they do it for Main Street, not Wall Street.
Brown Bag attendees will learn:
* What is affordable housing and how trees fit into the equation.
* What measures should be included in the design and construction of housing.
* Why local government officials should be the primary partners.
* Selling developers on landscaping expertise, tree survival, and saving money.
* What funding can developers apply for and how that applies to tree nonprofits.
About the Brown Bag Lunch Series
The Brown Bag Lunch Series is the Alliance for Community Trees’ monthly webcast held at the lunch hour and made possible through support from The Home Depot Foundation and USDA Forest Service. The goal is to create informal training opportunities for local urban and community forestry organizations. The series is geared to mainly serve the needs of volunteer organizations and community groups, although webcasts are open to all.
The trainings leverage local successes by amplifying to a larger audience the model organizations’ methods, materials, and approaches. Sessions are planned to last no more than one hour, with two presenters speaking on the same topic from slightly different perspectives, each for 10-15 minutes, followed by 10-15 minutes of questions and answers.