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March 2015

Webinar – What Are the Stories Your Data is Telling You?

March 18, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cornerstone Webinar Room,

Description Measuring social impact is complicated. Affordable homeownership programs navigate a diverse range of market and funding conditions and juggle multiple community needs. There is no bottom line. Join us for a conversation about interpreting program data in a way that unearths the real stories of homes and homebuyers and provides actionable insight on program performance. We will walk through a series of actual charts created for Homestead CLT in Seattle WA,* and get into the nitty-gritty of the stories…

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Info Session – Reduce Your Organization’s Monthly Loan Payments (Capital Impact Partners)

March 3, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Take Advantage of Historically Low Interest Rates to Significantly Reduce Monthly Debt Service Payment NCB Capital Impact’sDoes your organization have a loan that will mature with a balloon payment that you are interested in refinancing? Does your organization have a loan with a floating interest rate, or an interest rate that will reset? Capital Impact Partners, a Cornerstone Partnership sponsor, may have the ability to refinance your current loan into a long-term (up to 30 years), fixed interest rate, fully…

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February 2015

PAC Meeting – New Advocacy Strategies for Affordable Homeownership

February 24, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cornerstone Webinar Room,

Description The National Community Land Trust Network (The Network) and Cornerstone Partnership invite you to the first Policy Action Committee Meeting of 2015! Building public awareness for affordable homeownership is vital for the growth and sustainability of our field. This awareness-building is particularly important at the federal level, where major decisions are made about funding and financing that impacts these programs. Collectively, practitioners need to engage in strategic advocacy and relationship-building with elected officials. During this PAC meeting, participants will…

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Webinar – Inclusionary Housing: Fees vs Units

February 12, 2015 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Description Is it better for inclusionary housing programs to insist on the provision of affordable units ‘onsite’ (within market rate projects) or to collect ‘in lieu’ fees which can be invested in offsite projects? On one hand, fee revenue can sometimes be used to leverage other funding sources to produce a greater number of affordable units. On the other hand, jurisdictions frequently struggle to spend these fees in a timely manner, and the offsite affordable units may not be in…

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November 2014

Webinar – Affordable Housing at (Every) Last Resort: Successes and Challenges in America’s Favorite Places

November 13, 2014 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cornerstone Webinar Room,

Description In many ways, resort communities face the same challenges as the rest of America, such as community resistance to affordable housing, aging infrastructure, and environmental limits on growth. In other ways, they are worlds unto themselves with seasonal service jobs, part-year residents, and major demographic and economic disparity between the year-round and seasonal residents. Housing affordability challenges are often exaggerated in resort communities, and the creative solutions these communities have implemented offer lessons for us all. Please join us for…

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October 2014

Webinar – How to Advance Affordable Homeownership through REALTOR® Partnerships

October 8, 2014 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Description If you’re an affordable homeownership administrator or a REALTOR® that works with first-time or low-income homebuyers, you know that it takes a lot of dedicated players to ensure that buyers understand their affordability restrictions and are prepared to purchase and maintain their first home. Learn how nonprofit and cities across the country are working with REALTORS® to promote access to affordable homeownership opportunities. Join our webinar to hear: How programs and REALTORS® can maximize their relationship to sell homes…

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August 2014

Webinar – Beyond the Density Bonus: Additional Incentives for Inclusionary Zoning

August 20, 2014 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm
Cornerstone Webinar Room,

Description Please join us with a conversation on how cities can dive deeper into their toolkit to encourage developers to build more affordable housing. Traditionally, cities have offered density (e.g. increased height or more units) as the primary incentive to entice developers to build more affordable housing. However, other incentives such as expedited review and increased certainty, tax abatement and relaxed parking or other standards can be powerful motivators as well. We will hear case studies from cities with mandatory…

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July 2014

Peer-to-Peer Webinar – Working with Homebuyers from Application to Post-Purchase Monitoring

July 23, 2014 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Description Over the past several years, Cornerstone Partnership has talked to hundreds of practitioners across the country about their experience managing programs with affordability restrictions. During this webinar, we’ll explore common challenges and highlight examples of best practices when working with buyers from intake to post-purchase monitoring. We’ll discuss questions such as: How do I work with non-native English speakers? Are online applications a good idea? Should we let our owners refinance to take cash out? How can I efficiently…

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May 2014

Webinar – Contracting for Stewardship Services

May 28, 2014 @ 11:00 am - 12:00 pm

Description Evidence is mounting that comprehensive stewardship services are needed for long-term affordable homeownership programs to be successful. Whether units are produced through inclusionary zoning, new construction, or acquisition/rehab, resource-constrained nonprofits and local jurisdictions are forming partnerships to support program administration and monitoring activities. If you’re thinking about offering stewardship services, how do you decide what services to provide, how to price your activities, and how to market your services to homeownership programs? And if you’re a developer or local…

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April 2014

Webinar – Stewardship for Inclusionary Zoning

April 23, 2014 @ 11:00 am - 1:00 pm

Description Creating affordable housing is just the beginning for inclusionary zoning programs. Once the homes are created, cities need to steward the units to ensure they stay affordable and available for future generations. In this webinar, you will learn about the key best practices for cities to follow and will spotlight several new tools that Cornerstone is developing to make these tasks easier: an assessment instrument for inclusionary zoning and an expansion of the software program HomeKeeper. You will also hear…

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