Equitable Neighborhood Development

Equitable Neighborhood Development

In any neighborhood there will be differing visions for what equitable development means. At NALCAB, equitable neighborhood development is about building and maintaining neighborhoods where all families and individuals can thrive by making sure development responds to the needs and aspirations of all community members. Its investment and development must be undertaken in ways that minimize the negative impacts such as displacement and gentrification to benefit the housing and economic opportunities of all. We believe it is imperative that all community members are able to participate meaningfully in the planning and development processes.


What We Do

Beyond informing communities nationwide, NALCAB’s Equitable Neighborhood Development initiative supports our members and shapes the asset building field by undertaking the following activities in urban and rural areas. Our use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and a data-driven approach to analysis, planning and development sets us apart in the asset-building field.

Technical Assistance

We provide technical assistance for member organizations and state and local governments on the following topics:

  • Affordable housing
  • Economic development
  • Federal block grant funds
  • Real estate acquisition and disposition
Community Inclusion
  • Design and implement citizen participation plans and resident engagement strategies
  • Survey development and analysis
  • Meeting facilitation
Fair Housing

Work with members and local governments to understand the legal context and implement fair housing choice in their markets.

  • National fair housing education and outreach campaigns
  • Analyzing real estate markets and fair housing choice
Fee for Service
  • Housing and market assessments
  • GIS mapping
  • Community engagement
  • Development of citizen participation plans
  • Survey development and analysis
  • Facilitation
  • Technical Assistance for HUD-related programs
  • Policies and procedures
  • Program design
  • Compliance
  • Staffing and organizational assessment
  • Financial management
  • eCon Planning Suite, IDIS, and DRGR

Current Work
  • Creation of a Practitioners Guide for Equitable Neighborhood Development and Gentrification Action Plans for Norris Square, Philadelphia, Boyle Heights, Los Angeles, and Dignowity Hill, San Antonio.
  • Capacity building technical assistance for rural-based and rural-serving organizations in Indiana, Florida, North Carolina, New Mexico, Texas, Colorado, Arizona, California, Hawaii, Washington, and Oregon.
  • Technical assistance to states and local governments around managing HUD-funded housing and community development programs.
  • Research and analysis on the impact of neighborhood change and gentrification on small businesses.
  • Creation of a framework for analyzing and anticipating neighborhood change.
  • Implementation of a HUD-funded national fair housing education and outreach campaign to raise awareness of fair housing rights and discrimination based on national origin.