NeighborWorks America Kicks Off NeighborWorks Training Institute in Atlanta


Training Institute will be Second Largest in NeighborWorks History

Atlanta, GA – August 8, 2011 – (RealEstateRama) — Today NeighborWorks America, the nation’s leading training of community development professionals, kicked off what is expected to be the second largest NeighborWorks Training Institute in the NeighborWorks history. More than 2,000 community development practitioners are expected to attend this week’s Training Institute in Atlanta, August 8-12, 2011.

During the Atlanta NeighborWorks Training Institute, attendees will participate in over 100 training and certification sessions offered – from foreclosure intervention counseling and Home Equity Conversion Mortgages (HECM) counseling to an introduction to Factory Built Housing and Green Building Science. All training courses are designed to equip practitioners with the latest information in their field of study and enhanced skill sets needed to continue to serve their communities.

In addition to the training courses offered, each NeighborWorks Training Institute features a day-long symposium focused on a timely and relevant topic of interest to community development practitioners.

The Atlanta Symposium – “Ensuring Safe, Healthy Homes and Communities for Seniors” – will bring together thought leaders and industry experts to introduce and explore real-world strategies for creating healthy, vital communities that include seniors as a growing and important segment of our population. The Symposium is made possible with generous support from The Atlantic Philanthropies.

As people get older and live longer, affordable housing providers need to consider what services they should provide – including transportation, healthcare, safety precautions, home maintenance and social and financial services — that will better serve the seniors in their communities.

Topics that will be covered during the Symposium include:

  • Successful programs that make homes for seniors safer, more affordable and an asset to the surrounding community
  • Partnering with health and social service providers to ensure seniors are receiving the care they need to continue to be active, productive members of your community
  • Design and benefits of multi-generational communities
  • Resources for effective home rehabilitation, retrofitting and weatherization

To follow the Symposium discussion on Twitter, search for the Twitter hashtag #seniorhousing to view panelist and attendee comments throughout the day.

For more information about the Atlanta NeighborWorks Training Institute, please visit, or contact Erin Angell Collins, 202-220-6317, ">.

The next NeighborWorks Training Institute will be held December 12-16, 2011, in Washington, D.C.

About NeighborWorks America
NeighborWorks America creates 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 $20 billion in reinvestment in these communities. NeighborWorks America is the nation’s leading trainer of community development and affordable housing professionals.

Doug Robinson, , 202 220-2360
Erin Angell Collins, , 202 220-6317

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