NeighborWorks America Brings More Than 2,000 Community Development Professionals to Washington, DC to Take Part in Training Institute


Weeklong Training Focusing on Affordable Housing Results in an Estimated $3 Million Economic Impact Citywide

Washington, DC – December 6, 2012 – (RealEstateRama) — Today NeighborWorks America, which creates opportunities for people to live in affordable homes, improve their lives and strengthen their communities, announced it will hold its quarterly Training Institute in downtown Washington, DC December 10-14, 2012. The weeklong event will provide training to more than 2,000 affordable housing and community development professionals from around the country. The Training Institute is expected to deliver an estimated $3 million in economic impact citywide.

NeighborWorks America selected Washington, DC for its Training Institute not only because it’s the nation’s capital but also because it’s accessible to affordable housing and community development nonprofits in the eastern United States. NeighborWorks America provides training to thousands of community development professionals from more than 3,000 organizations annually, including the more than 235 organizations that belong to the NeighborWorks network located in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. Most years NeighborWorks America holds the December Training Institute in Washington, DC. The Training Institute is open to community development professionals, housing counselors, realtors, and others from nonprofit and for-profit organizations from around the country. In addition to the many training courses being offered during the week, more than 230 community leaders, policymakers, researchers and funders have registered for a special December 12 symposium, “Beyond Measure: Using Evaluation to Build Evidence and Drive Learning,” which focuses on the state-of-the-art in community development evaluation; explores how practitioners can determine what type of evaluation will best serve their interests; how practitioners from evaluations can leverage public and private funding; and how evaluation can be used to inform continuous program improvement.

The NeighborWorks Training Institute in Washington, DC is supported by a variety of partners, including The Atlantic Philanthropies, Bank of America, Capital One, CDFI Fund, Citi Corporation and Citi Foundation, HUD, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, TD Charitable Foundation, USDA Rural Development, and our lead sponsor, Wells Fargo Housing Foundation.

The following NeighborWorks organizations are in the Washington, DC metropolitan area: Manna, Inc. (Washington, DC); Montgomery Housing Partnership (Silver Spring, MD); and AHC, Inc. (Arlington, VA.). Each of these organizations will have staff attending a number of training courses to help them improve their skills and acquire new strategies to confront the numerous affordable housing and community revitalization challenges their communities face.

“We have gathered community development professionals from around the country in Washington, DC for top-notch training, and the opportunity to share best practices and lessons learned in the field,” said Eileen Fitzgerald, chief executive officer of NeighborWorks America.

Courses offered at the Training Institute focus on supporting environmental sustainability, such as Green Building Fundamentals for Affordable Housing; homeownership education, such as Counseling Clients Seeking Rental Housing; and foreclosure counseling, such as Foreclosure Intervention and Default Counseling Certification.

NeighborWorks America has held national Training Institutes since 1987. In 2011, NeighborWorks America’s national Training Institute trained approximately 13,000 professionals from more than 3,400 organizations, and awarded more than 22,000 training certificates.

For more information about NeighborWorks America, and to register for the Training Institute, visit

About NeighborWorks America
For nearly 35 years, NeighborWorks America has created opportunities for people to improve their lives and strengthen their communities by providing access to homeownership and to safe and affordable rental housing. In the last five years, NeighborWorks organizations have generated more than $19.5 billion in reinvestment in these communities. NeighborWorks America is the nation’s leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals.

Lindsay Moore, , 202-220-6317, twitter: @neighborworkspr

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