NeighborWorks America Finalizes Acquisition of Launchpad Program Code

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Washington, D.C. – RealEstateRama – NeighborWorks America has acquired Housing Partnership Network’s (HPN) Launchpad programming code and will transition Launchpad customers in 2020 as the next step in the evolution of its state-of-the-art client management system, NeighborWorks Compass. In August 2019, NeighborWorks announced its intention to acquire assets from HPN, as part of its continued effort to provide world-class support and infrastructure services to its customers and network of community development organizations.

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“This purchase and customer transition gives NeighborWorks the opportunity to provide a world-class platform to serve the housing counseling and community development industry, so the people and organizations providing housing counseling have better tools and resources to support the families and communities they serve,” said Sheila Rice, interim chief operating officer at NeighborWorks America.

Under the purchase agreement, elements of Launchpad code, which was designed by leaders in the housing counseling industry, will be integrated into the NeighborWorks Compass platform, which will be available to housing counseling agencies in spring 2020. The vision for NeighborWorks Compass has always been grounded in innovation and customer service, so Launchpad users will be able to seamlessly migrate to NeighborWorks, ensuring ample time for organizations to transition at a pace that works best for them.

“Our goal with the Launchpad Collaborative was to develop a tool built by the people doing the work,” said HPN’s Chief Operating Officer Chuck Wehrwein. “We are pleased that NeighborWorks sees the value of our tool and how it complements the work they are doing with NeighborWorks Compass. In the end, the industry improves and the communities we serve get a world-class product.”

Available to the entire housing counseling and community development industry, NeighborWorks Compass offers cost- and time-saving benefits, including a customer self-service portal accessible virtually from anywhere from most computers and mobile devices, and dashboards allowing counselors and customers to track their progress, upload documents, control schedules and connect with one another.

For more information, visit the NeighborWorks Compass web page.

About HPN
Housing Partnership Network facilitates peer learning and collaboration and promotes policy and practice that is based on the proven experience of its members. Through its unique networked approach, organizations and leaders accelerate and scale innovation to more rapidly respond to changing market challenges and opportunities. Over the last 20-plus years, HPN has created and operated a family of social enterprises that strengthen the business performance and social impact of its members.

About NeighborWorks America
For more than 40 years, Neighborhood Reinvestment Corp., a national, nonpartisan nonprofit known as NeighborWorks America, has strived to make every community a place of opportunity. Our network of excellence includes nearly 250 members in every state, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. NeighborWorks America offers grant funding, peer-exchange, technical assistance, evaluation tools and access to training, as the nation’s leading trainer of housing and community development professionals. NeighborWorks network organizations provide residents in their communities with affordable homes, owned and rented; financial counseling and coaching; community building through resident engagement; and collaboration in the areas of health, employment and education. In the last five years, our organizations have generated more than $34 billion in investment across the country.

Lindsay Moore


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