The Regional Home Ownership Preservation Initiative (RHOPI) will focus on this challenge at its annual forum, Innovative Collaborations to Revitalize Communities.
RHOPI Annual Forum: Innovative Collaborations to Revitalize Communities
Ralph Metcalfe Federal Building (77 West Jackson Blvd, 3rd Floor Conference Center)
Wednesday, October 30, 2013
Innovative Collaborations to Revitalize Communities will feature examples of collaborations among governments, nonprofits, universities, and businesses that are helping to bring communities back from the damage inflicted by the foreclosure crisis and recession. Speakers include Alan Berube of the Brookings Institution (co-author of the recently released Confronting Suburban Poverty in America), Midwest Regional Administrator of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development Antonio Riley, and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.
One panel will showcase a variety of collaborative neighborhood revitalization efforts. Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson of Gary, Indiana, will discuss a collaboration among the city government, the University of Chicago, and a tech start-up to address vacant buildings. Ed Jacob, Executive Director of Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago, will talk about its purchase-rehab financing program which includes partnerships with private and public institutions. Hildy Kingma, of the Village of Park Forest, will explore ways to address gaps in code enforcement capacity through interjurisdictional agreements with neighboring towns. Paula Brkich, of HOPE Fair Housing Center, will discuss an upcoming RFP that will bring together developers in the City of Elgin and the Austin neighborhood in Chicago to complete a purchase rehab program in the two communities. Cook County Commissioner Bridget Gainer will describe the collaborative efforts that led to the formation of the Cook County Land Bank Authority. In a second panel, Micro Market Recovery Program partners will discuss a coordinated approach to community revitalization.
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