Community Outreach Webinars
2021 Idea Exchanges
Make the Case for Affordability
Air Date: June 23, 2021
Learn how REALTOR® associations used the Housing Opportunity grant and the Consumer Advocacy Outreach grant to develop compelling consumer awareness and education campaigns to advocate for affordability and increased housing solutions.
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Placemaking: Now More than Ever
Air Date: April 28, 2021
COVID has demonstrated that Placemaking, which creates outdoor public spaces and destinations for a community to gather, is needed now more than ever. There has never been a better time for your Association to apply for an NAR Placemaking Grant. Hear several of your peers describe their placemaking projects, which may give you an idea for a project, during this online discussion.
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Shape Your Community’s Future With NAR’s Smart Growth Resources
Air Date: March 3, 2021
As communities struggle with where and how to grow, REALTORS® are bringing resources and expertise to the table. Learn how associations are partnering with local officials and shaping their community’s future. The combination of NAR’s smart growth resources and their local expertise ensures the REALTOR®’s voice is heard as decisions are being made.
Housing Opportunity Webinars
Questions? Contact Christine Windle at 202-383-1135.
REALTORS®’ Response to COVID-19 Recovery and Housing Stabilization Efforts
As communities work to recover from COVID-19, REALTORS® are stepping up and responding with solutions. Learn how associations are engaging with local and state government and community members to implement stabilization and recovery plans.
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Paycheck to Paycheck 2015
This free webinar demonstration of the National Housing Conference’s online, interactive Paycheck to Paycheck database. Paycheck to Paycheck uses data from the first quarter of 2015 to examine the gap between wages and the housing costs, both rental and ownership, in 208 U.S. metro areas. The webinar will also include a discussion of key findings from the 2015 Paycheck to Paycheck report, which focused on the housing affordability challenges of workers in occupations commonly filled by millennials.
Back to School: Making the Link Between Housing and Education
This webinar described the key links between housing and education and highlighted ways people are working to improve educational outcomes for children through housing and community development policies and programs.
Housing Counseling and Returning Home Buyers
Navigating the housing market and preparing financially for homeownership can be a daunting process, not only for those new to the housing market, but especially for previous homeowners who have experienced a foreclosure or were negatively affected in the housing market downtown. Housing counseling is an effective tool to help people financially prepare to buy a home or re-enter the housing market after a foreclosure, providing advice to potential homebuyers on repairing or protecting their credit and assisting them in preparing for mortgage application, budget planning, and foreclosure prevention.
Local Affordable Housing Policymaking and Advocacy
Key affordable housing resources available from the National Housing Conference (NHC) and the Center for Housing Policy were discussed using real-world examples. Panelists discussed how these resources can be used to document and describe local affordable housing challenges, to communicate persuasively about housing needs, to identify promising local affordable housing solutions and to present affordable housing strategies to local stakeholders.
Housing and Older Adults
Experts in the area of housing and older adults presented on housing needs of the growing older adult population, livable communities policies that address the safety and quality of neighborhoods, and programs that combine housing and services to enable aging in place.
The Placemaking Webinar Series provides more in depth information on the various types of Placemaking and how REALTORS® are involved in Placemaking activities in their communities.
Questions? Contact Holly Moskerintz at 202-383-1157.
REALTORS® Engage in Placemaking
Looking to become engaged in a placemaking project in your neighborhood but just don’t know what to do or where to begin? Wondering what placemaking is all about and why it matters to REALTORS®? Learn how four local REALTOR® Associations used Placemaking Grants to build projects in their community. Association staff and REALTORS® will tell us about their projects; how they and their partners were engaged in the projects; and the outcomes and benefits not only to the community and REALTOR® brand. Please note that at about 49 minutes in there is an audio pause of about 1 minute. The webinar is not over.
Make your Community a More Walkable Place
Walkable communities—a community in which residents can get to grocery stores, shops, schools, work, cafes, and parks by walking, biking or taking public transit—are becoming the latest trend in real estate. REALTORS® need to be aware of how walkable communities may affect their business and the future of real estate. Get the details on what makes a great walkable community; walkability’s impact on real estate; the demand for walkable communities; Walk Scores and MLS; and one community’s strategy to become more walkable.
REALTORS® in Action
The Placemaking Grant has been up and running for almost two years and we have approved over $300,000 in projects in over 30 states. Many of these projects have been completed and the communities, as well as the REALTOR® Associations who have worked on these placemaking projects, are seeing outcomes. Join us to hear about the placemaking projects four local REALTOR® Associations participated in including a description of their project; involvement of the association, members and partners; and outcomes and community responses. You just may get an idea for a placemaking project in your community.
Reactivating Vacant Properties into Community Spaces
Is your community faced with blighted and vacant properties that are disrupting the neighborhood’s sense of community and lowering property values? This webinar focuses on how to address vacant properties, specifically vacant lots. After a brief overview of vacant properties and the negative impact on a community, you will hear from several organizations on how they are transforming vacant and abandoned lots into community open spaces and vibrant gathering places.
Streets as Places
Streets make up more than 80 percent of the public space in our downtowns and no public space works harder than our streets. But, streets and sidewalks need to do more than just move cars. They need to be designed to meet the needs of people and create great places where people meet, sit, socialize, relax, wander about, play and more. Find out how to transform the streets and sidewalks in your community into great places with a variety of tools including street painting, parklets, plazas, block parties, seating and other activities.
Community Outreach Leads to Commercial Revitalization
Discover how engaging communities in downtown revitalization can lead to leasing/sales of vacant buildings and other positive impacts on commercial real estate development. Targeted efforts involving REALTOR® Associations, REALTORS® and community organizations, including how a Better Block event, a Main Street® planning approach and a tour of vacant properties have resulted in positive economic changes and are strengthening communities.
Revitalizing with Main Street®
Main Street® is a unique economic development tool that enables communities to revitalize downtown and neighborhood business districts by leveraging local assets. This approach focuses on traditional commercial districts in a community and can help address vacant properties and other revitalization challenges. Get an overview of Main Street® and hear from REALTORS® who have initiated a Main Street® program in their communities to help revitalize their downtowns.
How to Build a Better Block
Learn the ins and outs of a Build a Better Block project which involves a group of community stakeholders and volunteers organizing and making visible changes to a place over a day or two such as cleaning up litter, planting flowers, installing benches, and maybe launching temporary businesses called pop-ups in vacant storefronts.
Lighter, Quicker Cheaper
Find out how to take small, incremental, low cost steps to quickly turn your community’s vision into reality and build momentum for further improvements.” Lighter Quicker Cheaper is an approach involving several small projects in a neighborhood where, taken together, will make the neighborhood a better place to live, work and play. These hands-on projects can be proposed and finished in months or weeks.
Transforming Neighborhoods Webinars
Webinar Series: Policy, Practice, Process: Transforming Neighborhoods through Equitable Revitalization
This six-part, online education series focused on realizing equitable revitalization strategies. The series provided REALTORS® with the knowledge and skills necessary to meaningfully partner with local government decision makers to address VAD properties. Each session featured actionable items for REALTORS® and their local government partners to consider.
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- Session 1 Systemic Vacancy: Community Costs and a Pathway Forward
- Session 2: Using Data to Identify Opportunities
- Session 3: Engaging the Community to Develop Equitable Solutions
- Session 4: Effective, Efficient, and Equitable Code Enforcement Strategies
- Session 5: Land Banks: A Tool for Recovery and Stabilization
- Session 6: A Collaborative Approach to Building Communities through Arts and Culture
Webinar Series: Stabilizing and Revitalizing Neighborhoods in the COVID-19 Era
This four-part webinar series examined how REALTOR® Associations can prepare for the critical role they will play with assisting local governments with their COVID-19 neighborhood stabilization and recovery strategies.
Smart Growth Webinars
Public/Private Partnerships: Complete Streets & Large-Scale Development Webinar
Private development projects and large-scale land use programs can play an important role in creating new, healthy, and equitable Complete Streets. How can developers use healthy and Complete Streets design principles and public/private partnerships to achieve community goals? And what are the opportunities and challenges public and private partners face? The Public/Private Partnerships: Complete Streets & Large-Scale Development webinar hosted by National Complete Streets Coalition and co-hosted by the National Association of REALTORS®.
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