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December 21, 2011  





Happy Holidays!  Thank you for your dedication and hard work throughout 2011 in addressing our region's foreclosure crisis.  We look forward to another great year of partnership in 2012. 


Please take note of the following items of news and interest.


HUD's Latest National Newsletter Spotlights Atlanta Market


Each month, HUD's national office releases a monthly newsletter on the health of the Nation's housing market.  The November 2011 scorecard features a special spotlight on the Atlanta MSA and includes a description of the Piece by Piece Initiative.  Read the Spotlight on Atlanta.


Wells Fargo Housing Foundation and Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity Celebrate Partnership to Revitalize Clayton County's Iron Gate Neighborhood


PBP partners Wells Fargo and Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity announced the successful completion of their innovative partnership to revitalize 70 homes in the Iron Gate neighborhood, a Clayton County community that has been hit hard by the foreclosure crisis.   In addition, Wells Fargo Housing Foundation recently announced a second grant of $170,000 (following its initial grant of $175,000 in 2010) to Southern Crescent to continue the partnership and expand its reach into other foreclosure-impacted neighborhoods in Clayton and Henry Counties.  The award to Southern Crescent Habitat for Humanity is the largest grant made by the Wells Fargo Housing Foundation on the East Coast this year.  News coverage:  Clayton Daily News  |  Fox5Atlanta


Enterprise Releases New Videos to Help NSP Grantees


PBP partner Enterprise Community Partners has released two new videos focused on the marketing of NSP homes and the management of scattered-site single family rental.  They contain very useful information for NSP grantees, asset managers, and others. Marketing NSP Homes | Scattered Site Rentals


Cleveland Housing Court:  "Beacon" for Others in Fight for Code Compliance


The latest issue of Shelterforce Magazine features Cleveland's innovative Housing Court where Judge Raymond Pianka hands down decisions to ease post-eviction transition and achieve housing code compliance.  Is it enough to stabilize neighborhoods?  No....but, as Shelterforce reports "the Cleveland Housing Court is a beacon to others fighting for stable neighborhoods, and all those who believe that protecting people and property and the rule of local law do matter."  MORE



The Power of Collective Impact:  
A Holiday Story to Inspire Us All

Finally, in the spirit of the holidays, we send you a news article that reflects the power of many individuals reaching out to help others.  Many thanks to Odetta MacLeish-White for forwarding this piece.  We offer it to you as a message of hope and inspiration to carry into the holidays and the new year.  While it has nothing to do with foreclosures, it has everything to do with the potential power for good in the midst of a struggling economy.  Enjoy. MORE





Susan Adams

Piece by Piece Coordinator