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Housing Information Referral Center

Idaho Housing’s Housing Information Referral Center (HIRC) exists to answer your housing questions. HIRC staff offer important information and referrals to housing consumers, providers, and advocates. Idaho Housing also works with statewide coalitions and local communities to better understand the role of affordable and workforce housing in sustainable community and economic development. Our goal is to empower individuals, organizations, and communities as they work toward housing that provides access, stability, and resilience at all levels.

Resource Type:information source, nonprofit, data source, organization, technical assistance
Subtopic:housing & real estate, planning,
Tags:• housing finance, planning, housing information, homelessness, fair housing, multifamily

National Association of Development Organizations: Planning for Prosperity in Small Towns and Rural Regions.

In this site NADO provides publications, webinars, workshop materials, and other information on a variety of topics and themes including economic resilience, entrepreneurship, community engagement, downtown redevelopment, food systems, and other areas.

Geography:United States
Resource Type:resource guide, information source, training
Subtopic:planning, agriculture & food systems, community & capacity development, rural community issues & solutions, entrepreneurship & small business, Land Use Planning & Housing, Issues & Opportunities, Community Building, Business & Economy,
Tags:rural community, planning, resilience, entrepreneur, entrepreneurship, community engagement, food systems, redevelopment

The New Local Activation Toolkit

From the introduction of The New Local Activation Toolkit: The COVID-19 pandemic has caused far- reaching social and economic impacts and immense challenges that have forced us to quickly alter the way we interacted with our cities, streets, neighbourhoods and public spaces. This has fundamentally challenged our sense of place and the foundations of public daily life.

It is anticipated that our cities, towns and neighbourhoods will experience ongoing repercussions of COVID-19, yet the extent of these are hard to envisage and understand today. One thing that is certain, however,

is that the pandemic has demonstrated incredible examples of community resilience, our ability to come together and keep each other safe, while also creatively enjoying ourselves in whatever way we can. It has also shifted our way of life to a more local scale, and we believe that this ‘New Local’ will be critical in refocusing the role and contribution of community, economic development and placemaking in building resilient cities, towns and neighbourhoods in a post-COVID-19 and climate change world.

We understand that the social and economic impacts of COVID-19 are still emerging
and have not been felt evenly across our communities and regions. Recognising the unique lived experiences, opportunities

and challenges of each place will be an important piece of the puzzle when planning for recovery. Furthermore, as we continue to re-emerge and plan for this recovery, it will be important to mobilise available information and expertise, authentically engage with local communities and leverage existing investment strategically to support capacity building and

amenity improvements, as well as identify creative ways in which to safely welcome communities to meet, socialise, shop and connect locally.

This is what the purpose of this Toolkit is – a guide beside and inspirational tool to kickstart your creative ideation process around ways to build back better by putting people, place and planet first. Alongside some actions specific to this ongoing recovery, this Toolkit also inspires an ongoing narrative around building stronger and more inclusive, regenerative and resilient places and communities. It draws on global examples but mostly focuses on Australian ones, some of which are specific to our ‘place’: Melbourne.

Geography:Idaho, Wyoming, Montana
Resource Type:educational resource, planning guide, training
Subtopic:place making & destination development, community & capacity development, arts & culture, local government,
Tags:creating placemaking, creative place making, Local Development, community development, community engagement, community capitals

Resilient Rural America Project

The Resilient Rural America Project (RRAP) increases rural resilience to extreme weather with training to identify local risks and take action with local solutions.

Resilient Rural America Project empowers rural leaders by sharing practical resilience action strategies and strengthening the capacity of rural communities and experts to work together.

A series of self-guided Training Modules are produced to guide rural leaders and consultants through a process of risk assessment, identification of resilience strategies, and taking action

Resource Type:educational resource
Subtopic:disaster preparedness & emergency response,
Tags:climate change, rural emergency response

Smart Growth: Putting Smart Growth to Work in Rural Communities

EPA and the International City/County Management Association (2010): Focuses on smart growth strategies to meet three main goals: support the rural landscape by keeping working lands viable and conserving natural lands; help existing places thrive by taking care of investments and assets; and create great new places by building lively and enduring neighborhoods where people want to live.

Geography:United States
Resource Type:information source
Subtopic:economy, economic development, development & smart growth, collaboration & community engagement, community & capacity development, rural community issues & solutions, conservation & environment, agriculture & food systems, Business & Economy, Land Use Planning & Housing, Community Building, Issues & Opportunities,
Tags:rural community, conservation, resilience, smarth growth, sustainable agriculture