Communities with successful preservation results have made preservation a priority. The common thread in cities and states with successful preservation results is convenings that engage preservation stakeholders with the express purpose of facilitating preservation of affordable housing. In cities including Los Angeles, Portland, and Washington, D.C., the city engages in regular convenings with HUD officials, representatives from the state, and local developers and non‐ profit organizations to coordinate preservation activity, discuss individual properties, and, when a building is being sold, match at‐risk properties with potential preservation buyers. These collaborative working groups have been invaluable in advancing preservation throughout the country. Below are a few examples of effective preservation collaboratives. For information on how your community can establish a collaborative and prioritize preservation, please contact us.
- In Colorado, the Colorado Housing Preservation Network – comprised of members from the Colorado Housing Finance Agency, HUD, the Colorado Department of Housing, PHAs, USDA, nonprofit organizations, and developers – meets regularly to develop and implement a coordinated strategy for preserving long-term affordability throughout Colorado. The Network is responsible for creating a statewide Preservation Database, and is currently engaged in developing a preservation matrix to prioritize properties.
- In Portland, city, state and federal officials, together with stakeholders from the nonprofit and for-profit community, meet every quarter to analyze the state of play of affordable housing in the region. In particular, participants review potential loss of affordable housing in the next quarter or six months and consider how best to address it.
- In Chicago, the Preservation Compact brings together public, private, and non‐profit leaders to stem the loss of multifamily rental housing. Every month a working group consisting of representatives from the Preservation Compact, government agency staff, and partners from local nonprofits gather to: a) identify and evaluate potential at‐risk properties; b) coordinate and track progress on preservation strategies for at‐risk properties; c) identify and act on policy issues related to preserving government assisted properties.