Since our inception, the Community Strategies Institute has worked closely with state and local governments, nonprofit agencies and housing authorities on comprehensive planning documents. CSI efforts include housing needs assessments, local government policy documents, housing program design, development of application and underwriting proceedures, statistical analysis of various housing indicators, portfolio reviews, and best practice analysis. The following are some examples of our planning and policy work.
Planning and Policy Projects
Denver TOD and Affordable Datasets: CSI recently completed a set of four databases for the City of Denver, funded by the MacArthur Foundation. CSI identified all restricted rental units, unrestricted but affordable rental units, restricted owner occupied and affordable units for sale throughout the metro Denver area. The properties were geo-coded, and those near high speed rail lines and high frequency bus routes were identfied. These data sets are being used to drive housing policy, identfiy gaps and opportunities throughout the metro Denver area.
HUD Consolidated Plans.CSI has taken the lead to create local Consolidated Plans for cities and counties throughout the west, and within the new HUD IDIS framework. CSI has prepared plans for large urban counties, urban cities, and smaller CDBG grantees. All plans have been accepted by HUD. Our clients include: Adams and Arapahoe Counties, Colorado, Bernalillo County and the City of Las Cruces, New Mexico, South Jordan and Lehi City, Utah, Boise City, Idaho, and the City of Fort Collins, Colorado.
Consolidated Planning Tools. CSI was part of a national technical assistance team that designed new tools for HUD to assist grantees in using the new IDIS Consolidated Planning eCon Planning Suite. CSI Directors are experts in using the new eCon Planning Suite and Mapping tools.
Analysis of Impediments to Fair Housing:CSI provides Analysis of Impediment documents to HUD CPD grantees. Our AI documents meet all HUD requirements and have been accepted by HUD. Clients include Adams and Arapahoe Counties, Colorado; Lakewood, Colorado; Thornton, Colorado; Provo, Utah; Bernalillo County and City of Las Cruces, New Mexico; Boise City, Idaho.
Housing Needs Assessments:
Las Cruces New Mexico, 2016
Bernalillo County, New Mexico, 2015
Arapahoe County, Colorado, 2014
City of Longmont, Colorado, 2012
Clear Creek County, Colorado 2012
City of Portales, New Mexico, 2011
Delta County, Colorado 2011
Teller County Housing Market Assessment Update, 2011
Alamosa and Monte Vista, Colorado 2010
Larimer County, Colorado, 2009
San Luis Valley Six County assessment, 2009
Provo, Utah, 2009
Montrose County, Colorado, 2009
State of New Mexico, statewide housing assessment, 2008
Bent County, Colorado, 2008
Logan and Morgan Counties, 2007
Lakewood, Colorado, 2007
Sheridan County, Wyoming, 2006.
Campbell County, Wyoming, 2005.
South Central CHDO, Huerfano and Las Animas Counties, 2005
These reports outline the housing conditions and markets that exist in each community. The reports outline a strategic plan for meeting housing challenges, including identification of leaders for each step, priorities and estimated costs.
New Mexico Mortgage Finance Authority Statewide Housing Needs Assessment, 2008.CSI completed a housing assessment for all counties in New Mexico for the NM Mortgage Finance Authority.As part of this engagement, CSI provided a road map for a regional service delivery system as well as a strategic housing plan for each proposed region.This study has resulted in proposed state legislation to implement the report findings.
City of Denver Community Development Needs Assessment, 2014. CSI was engaged by the City of Denver Office of Economic Development to analyze the community needs in six low income neighborhoods of Denver, and make impactful recommendations for action in each related to the issues of employment, food, youth programming and childcare. OED is using the CSI recommendations to shape policy and funding decisions in these low income neighborhoods.
City of Boise Idaho HOME Housing Process Project:CSI was engaged by the City of Boise to develop HOME grant and loan processes to meet HUD criteria.CSI developed internal staff processes, grant application documents, underwriting tools, staff review tools, and loan committee review documents.