Community stabilization 

The content in this area is living and growing. New resources will be added regularly. You can also find more resources for community stabilization from the Corporation for National and Community Service here

 Meet the expert: Sarah Greenburg

I work for NeighborWorks America as the Manager of a national Community Stabilization initiative in the Division of National Initiatives and Applied Research in Washington, DC. My goal is to help our network of 235+ nonprofit organizations across the country create affordable, sustainable, and healthy homes for low- to moderate-income and minority families through green and energy-efficient housing rehabilitation.

 I created and manage NeighborWorks America's Stable Communities program, a nationwide initiative to stabilize neighborhoods struggling with the aftermath of the foreclosure crisis, particularly the devastating impact of vacant and abandoned foreclosed properties. The Stable Communities program provides resources, training, and technical assistance to nonprofit organizations and their public and private partners working with HUD Neighborhood Stabilization Program funding.

 Finally, I work closely with the National Community Stabilization Trust, an entity sponsored by Enterprise Community Partners, LISC, the Housing Partnership Network, National Urban League, National Council of La Raza, and NeighborWorks America. I was part of the team that developed the concept for the NCST and have been involved since its inception as a member of the Steering Committee and the Local Programs Working Group. The goal of the National Community Stabilization Trust is to facilitate the efficient transfer of foreclosed properties from servicers to local community stabilization programs, and to provide flexible capital for neighborhood stabilization efforts. Officially established in the fall of 2008, the NCST now has agreements in place with most of the major loan servicers and relationships with nearly 100 communities receiving HUD Neighborhood Stabilization Program funds.  

In the news 

Stabilization resources 

Check out the document below on measuring community wealth in rural communities. 

Check out the document below on DIY urbanism. 

 Read this article Pocket Parks Fight Urban Decay, Crime to get inspiration and ideas for your community stabilization projects.

 Read the case study below and Stable Community's thoughts on their blog here.

Implementing Neighborhood Stabilization Program provides case studies that demonstrates use of one or more of the 5 Cs that are essential for planning and executing a holistic community stabilization program. 

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Downloaded from an E-learning course, the file below lists the information that you need to assemble to analyze the vacant/foreclosed property in your community. 

Below is a list of classes along with description that offered at NeighborWorks America Training Institutes. These classes are recommended for VISTAs focusing on Community Stablization programs. 

 Need data? This file lists various data bases that collect information required to present strong grants, surveys etc. 

New to Community Stabilization? Learn about different homeownership models and alternative financing models. This file will help you understand the pros and cons among various models. is the centerpiece of NeighborWorks® America’s Stable Communities initiative, a national response to the local challenges that arise when foreclosed homes remain vacant or abandoned. The purpose of the site is to provide community development practitioners with information and strategies to stabilize and revitalize communities in the wake of the foreclosure crisis. provides resources to nonprofit organizations and their public and private partners, including state and local governments, rehab contractors, researchers, funders, and servicers. 

For more information on NeighborWorks® America’s Stable Communities initiative, please email the team.


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