Affordable Housing and Community Development

Project Description

The project provides technical assistance to local governments and nonprofit community development organizations as they determine how to revitalize blighted neighborhoods and return abandoned, vacant, and tax delinquent properties to productive use.

Project Accomplishments
  • Led legislative initiatives in Atlanta, Georgia; Baltimore, Maryland; Flint, Detroit, and Saginaw, Michigan; Indianapolis, Indiana; Little Rock, Arkansas; New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Special projects: Community Partner Outreach Center; Technical Assistance to Local Governments on Vacant, Abandoned and Tax Delinquent Properties; Study of Land Bank Authorities in the United States 

Annie E. Casey Foundation, Fannie Mae Foundation, Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Joe and Emily Lowe Foundation, National Vacant Properties Campaign (Smart Growth America), Southern Bell Matching Gifts Program, Stern Foundation, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development


Project Publications

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"Baltimore City Land Bank: Laying the Foundations,"July 22-23, 2008 Frank S. Alexander
A City for All: Report of the Gentrification Task Force of the Atlanta City Council, Fannie Mae Foundation/LISC, 2001 Frank S. Alexander
"Constitutional Questions About Tax Lien Foreclosures," Government Finance Review, Vol. 16 (2000) Frank S. Alexander
"The Context for Legal Authority and Decision Making, Supporting Development at the State Level,"June 29, 2009 Frank S. Alexander
"Don't Bet the House," Partners in Community and Economic Development, Vol. 17, No. 2 (2007) Frank S. Alexander
"East Baton Rouge Redevelopment Authority: From Planning to Execution,"December 12, 2008 Frank S. Alexander
"The Evolving Legal Landscape for Louisiana Redevelopment,"August 14, 2008 Frank S. Alexander
"The Foreclosure Crisis and Community Loss Mitigation,"February 13, 2009 Frank S. Alexander
"The Foreclosure Process and Community Loss Mitigation,"July 15, 2008 Frank S. Alexander
Georgia Real Estate Finance & Foreclosure Law 2009-2010, Thomson-West, 2009 Frank S. Alexander
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In Their Own Words

"Happiness is both a perennial topic and a currently fashionable one, and the relation between some of the current trends in positive psychology and the traditions in philosophy and theology are as yet unclear, so this is an opportune time to take stock and to focus on the topic. What most intrigues me about the "Pursuit of Happiness" project is the way it brings scientists, humanities scholars, and theologians around the same table. The "dialects" that we use in our respective professional worlds are so diverse that our meetings sometimes feel like Babel, or chaos; and some members are a little troubled by that; but its an adventure. Moreover, the usual turf battles that go on within academic fields are completely irrelevant here, which is quite refreshing."

–Philip L. Reynolds