Endowment Gives University Grant for Affordable Housing
The University of Maryland’s School of Public Policy received a grant from the National Housing Endowment, the philanthropic arm of NAHB, to redevelop the curriculum for its Housing and Community Development Executive Education Program.
The housing and community development program, which began in 1994, gives housing and community development professionals in the public and non-profit sectors, the tools they need to deliver affordable housing in their communities through community-based partnerships.
The program focuses on three areas:
- Housing and community development
- Housing finance
- Asset management
Program courses will help housing professionals:
- Forge new partnerships to deliver effective community-based programs.
- Provide an overview of the field and its critical role in community well-being, including historical context, project and neighborhood development and asset management.
- Understand the opportunities and constraints associated with community-based partnerships.
- Construct and analyze complex financing deals, leveraging resources to build and preserve high quality affordable housing.
More than 2,000 housing professionals from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Housing Service (RHS) and state and local finance agencies, public housing agencies and non-profit organizations have already participated in the program.
“The relationship with the University of Maryland is an important effort to bring the home building community to the table with government housing officials from across the nation in an academic setting that promotes camaraderie and mutual understanding,” said Gary Garczynski, chairman of the National Housing Endowment. “I hope many of our members will take advantage of this wonderful opportunity.”
For more information or to apply to the program, e-mail Elizabeth Hinson, call her at 301-405-6227, send a fax to 301- 405-3737 or visit the program’s Web site at www.puaf.umd.edu/OEP/hcd.htm.
Help Tsunami Survivors Rebuild Their Homes
NAHB and the National Housing Endowment have established the Home Builders Care/National Housing Endowment-Tsunami Shelter Fund to raise desperately needed funds to build permanent shelter for the victims of the devastating earthquake and tsunami disaster in South Asia last year. The fund currently has almost $350,000.
NAHB, have designated Habitat for Humanity International and Shelter for Life International to be the recipients of the fund. Through NAHB donations, Habitat for Humanity will create a Disaster Response Technical Center in one of the affected countries it is serving. Shelter For Life will build a “Home Builders Care Village” of starter homes in Sri Lanka with NAHB funds.
Please help by making a tax deductible donation to the Home Builders Care/National Housing Endowment-Tsunami Shelter Fund. Money raised by the National Housing Endowment will be granted to one or more U.S. charitable relief organizations working to help tsunami survivors obtain temporary and permanent shelter.
Please direct your donation check to:
National Housing Endowment
1201 15th Street NW
Washington, D.C. 20005
Checks should be made payable to the National Housing Endowment and, in the memo section, please note the "Tsunami Shelter Fund."
The NAHB Senior Officers have selected Past President Bob Mitchell to oversee and guide this fundraising effort.
For more information, contact Troy Patterson at the National Housing Endowment at 800-368-5242 x8483 or Kym Kilbourne in NAHB Public Affairs, x8447.