COMMUNITY ASSESSMENT RESOURCES
This site provides links to other resources which includes census data, demographics, school systems, economy profiles, history, and religious information. This site enables you to look at the county as a whole or at each individual city or community.
This site provides basic census data for the state, county, and city level. The data includes population, race, age, education levels, poverty levels, housing information, and basic business facts with a comparison to the national data.
American Fact Finder
This site is another census site that provides basic census data including housing data, business and government data. This data can be at the state, county, and city level.
U.S. Department of Agriculture- Rural Development
This site provides up to date news releases, funds available, state office listings, notices of funding, listing of USDA housing, and technical assistance training resources.
U.S. Department of Labor-Bureau of Labor Statistics
This site provides employment and unemployment information at the city, state and national level. It also provides information on inflation, spending, wages, safety, occupations, and demographics at various levels.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development- Counseling Agencies
This site provides a listing of approved Housing Counseling Agencies in Alabama as of 01/09/06.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development- Continuum of Care
This site provides access to a listing of the Continuum of Care Contacts for each state.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development- Public Housing Agencies
This site provides a listing of all PHA contacts by state.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-Housing Opportunities for Person with AIDS
This site provides a listing of all HOPWA contacts by state.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development- Policy Development and Research Information Service
This site provides over 800 publications and data sets regarding housing research and information. It also provides state and local regulatory reform strategies that support affordable housing.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development- Office of Community Planning and Development
This site provides local CPD contact information, performance measurements, budgets and allocations, and consolidated planning. From this site you are able to access all HUD CPD programs.
U.S. Department of Commerce- Bureau of Economic Analysis
This site provides an economic overview at the national, regional, state, and county level. It also includes International and Industry overviews. These overviews of each count include per capita income, total income, and earning by place of work. It also gives a state ranking for that county in each area.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development-Homeless
This site lists all the United Way organizations for the state of Alabama with contact information.
NATIONAL: NON PROFIT
National Association of Counties
This site provides the County Courthouse contact information with the County Commissioners and their districts. It also lists the major cities according to the US Postal Service.
National Low Income Housing Coalition
This site provides the latest news, reports, research, fair market rent at the city, county, and state level, and a state coalition directory. It has great resource section with various articles and publications.
National Alliance to End Homelessness
This site provides a Katrina resources page that list new alerts and policy efforts made by NAEH.
Housing Assistance Council
This site provides research and information on rural housing.
American Public Transportation Association
This site provides a link to all 50 states which lists all the counties for each state and their local transit agencies with links to some of them. These links will provide routes, schedules, special services, and rate information.
This site provides a library with overviews of several rural states transportation situations. This overview includes a narrative summary of the state transportation including various statistical information and national ratings.
STATE NON PROFIT
Alabama League of Municipalities
This site provides contact information for each city in Alabama. Other information such as State Senate District, State House District, web address, email, council members, Police and Fire Chiefs, and the city clerk. This site also provides a complete list of all the elected majors in the State of Alabama.
United Way of West Alabama
This site provides a listing of all United Way agencies in their area with their contact information.
Alabama Association of Housing and Redevelopment Authorities
This site provides a directory of all Housing Authorities and contact information.
United Way of Southeast Mississippi
This site provides a listing of all United Way agencies in their area with their contact information.
HOUSING & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
- Basic Laws on Housing and Community Development
(Committee Print 108-C)
This unofficial compilation contains the texts of the primary housing and community development laws within the jurisdiction of the Committee on Banking and Financial Services of the House of Representatives, as well as additional laws and materials of particular interest to members of the committee in considering legislation relating to housing and community development.
- Building Better Communities Network
This Network site contains recent news items and success stories of interest to those in the affordable housing and community service fields. Gain access here to BBCN ' s archive of NIMBY reports and other publications. Also find extensive resources about community building, planning and design of housing, conflict resolution, and legal and governmental issues.
- Building Healthier Communities (BHC)
National advocacy, education, and community-building initiative to bring about positive change in communities across the country. BHC creates partnerships among organizations involved in housing, health care, education, economic development, and human services. The site offers sections such as Building a National Network, Making Your Voice Heard, and Healthy Community Resources.
- Center for Community Change (CCC)
Nonprofit organization committed to reducing poverty and rebuilding low-income communities through grassroots advocacy, policy work, coalition-building, training, and information-sharing, with a focus on affordable housing and jobs and economic development. Web site provides access to a variety of tools and resources, including weekly policy alerts and downloadable publications.
- Center for Urban Community Services (CUCS)
Founded in 1979, CUCS provides a continuum of supportive services for homeless and formerly homeless people, including street outreach, a drop-in center, transitional and permanent housing programs, and vocational and employment programs. Particular emphasis is placed on specialized services for people with mental illness, HIV/AIDS, and chemical dependency.
- Change Communications: Links Page
Links to a wide variety of web sites of interest to housing and community development organizations.
- Concrete Change
Sponsored by the disabled community seeking universal access, this web site includes resources on basic construction guidelines, cost information, and suggestions on visitability.
- Consortium for Housing and Asset Management (CHAM)
A site focused on property and asset management for affordable and nonprofit housing groups. It offers training opportunities, best practices, forms modifiable for use, contact information for other property and asset management groups, presentations, and publications.
- Corporation for Supportive Housing (CSH)
National, nonprofit, intermediary organization whose mission is to expand the quantity and quality of service-supported permanent housing for individuals with special needs who are homeless or at risk of becoming homeless. Web site provides information about CSH programs and initiatives, publications, and network of local offices located across the country, which provide loans, grants, and technical assistance to nonprofit partners in their communities. Also features a good overview of the need for and cost benefits of supportive housing.
- Enterprise Foundation
National, nonprofit housing and community development organization, the Enterprise Foundation assists community-based organizations and local governments in improving poor neighborhoods by providing low-interest loans, grants, and equity to finance affordable housing, linking residents to human services, and training people to be effective community leaders. Web site features extensive listing of publications on low-income housing and community services-related topics, Resource Database (see listing below), community development forum, and links to other useful web sites.
- Enterprise Foundation: Resource Database
The Enterprise Foundation ' s resource database, which contains and/or references critical information and creative strategies for low-income housing and community development. Enables queries on hundreds of model documents, model program descriptions, and recommended publications.
Fannie Mae Foundation: Programs and Publications
Features descriptions of the Foundation ' s Homeownership Education and Education Partnership Programs. Easy access to Home-Buying Guides, reports, newsletters, and periodicals including the Journal of Housing Research and Housing Policy Debate.
Housing Authority Web Sites
Links to web sites for local housing authorities across the U.S., as well as state and regional housing associations and state housing agencies.
Statewide coalition of over 1,000 affordable housing and homeless organizations committed to advocacy for affordable housing, improved health care, education, civil rights, and community economic development. Web site provides access to legislative issues and action alerts, links to related sites, and information about the annual Housing California conference.
Housing Research Foundation (HRF)
Nonprofit organization dedicated to the improvement of public housing through research, education, and technical assistance. Web site provides information on HRF staff, board, and activities, which are focused on HUD ' s HOPE VI initiative.
Funded by the Fannie Mae Foundation, this site provides timely and extensive news, resources, strategies, and interactive forums concerning affordable housing and community development.
Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC)
LISC helps resident-led, community-based development organizations transform distressed communities and neighborhoods into healthy ones. By providing capital, technical expertise, training and information, LISC supports the development of local leadership and the creation of affordable housing, commercial, industrial and community facilities, businesses and jobs.
McAuley Institute is a national, nonprofit housing organization founded by the Sisters of Mercy. McAuley provides state-of-the-art technical assistance and financial resources to grassroots organizations that work to expand housing and economic opportunities for low-income women and their families.
National Congress for Community Economic Development (NCCED)
National trade organization for more than 800 organizations representing community development corporations (CDCs), neighborhood housing agencies, community action agencies (CAAs), and other community-based nonprofit development organizations. Web site provides information on NCCED membership, current projects, the latest news on policy issues, funding opportunities, and award programs, a listing of state associations, and access to resources and publications.
National Housing and Rehabilitation Association (NH&RA)
National membership organization that promotes partnerships among sophisticated professionals in the affordable multifamily housing field. Web site features catalog of publications, key contacts directory, with direct links to HUD staff and field offices, state housing finance agencies, and other related web sites, and listing of conferences. Good source of information and resources on assisted housing and common federal subsidy programs, as well as low-income housing tax credits.
National Housing Institute (NHI)
NHI addresses the nation' s low-income housing crisis and related community issues through information dissemination, research, program development, technical assistance, and coalition-building. Web site features access to Shelterforce Online, housing publications catalog, policy debates, conference and training listings, job postings, and online bookstore link.
National Low Income Housing Coalition (NLIHC)
NLIHC provides research, education, and technical assistance to local, state, and national organizations trying to develop solutions to critical housing needs. NLIHC analyzes federal housing policy initiatives, budget proposals, and tax policies to determine their impact on low-income housing. Updated weekly, the web site includes background and updates on many areas of affordable housing by subject, listing of state coalitions, publications, related Internet links, and downloadable "Memo to Members," as well as other feature articles and announcements.
Developed by the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation as a resource for members of the national NeighborWorks network, its partners, and those interested in community development and revitalization. Web site features "Flashpoints," a biweekly alert service, resources for training and research, publications listing, glossary of community-based development terminology, and links to related resources and partner organizations, such as the Neighborhood Reinvestment Corporation and Rural NeighborWorks Alliance.
State of the Cities Data Systems
This HUD website provides statistics on population characteristics, employment, crime, building, and government finances. Users can also research key housing topics such as Fair Market Rents, assisted housing, and federal housing program regulations.
Supportive Housing Training Series
Eleven curricula providing best practices and guidance on supportive housing development, operation and services. Each curriculum provides a one-day training for enriching the skills of supportive housing developers and providers. The series includes trainings that will introduce new staff to the issues they will encounter in supportive housing, as well as trainings aimed at a more experienced audience. Curricula and handouts may be downloaded at no charge from this web site.
Technical Assistance Collaborative, Inc. (TAC)
TAC supports affordable and permanent supportive housing for people with disabilities and homeless people. Their website focuses on federal housing policies and programs, current news, and books and practical guides concerning affordable housing, disabilities, and homelessness.
Washington State Affordable Housing Home Page
Developed primarily as a tool for affordable housing developers in Washington State -- to foster greater networking, communication, and resources sharing -- this web site also provides information and links related to general affordable housing issues.