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National Institute for Advanced Conflict Resolution Online resource for mediators and the general public concerning issues relating to mediation and conflict resolution.
Property Owners Association of Virginia POAVA is a Virginia non-stock corporation dedicated to the welfare of and service to property owners associations (POAs) who are committed to keeping abreast of latest trends in legislation, business and management and self improvement of their operations.
Chimney Safety Institute of America — is a non-profit, educational organization dedicated to chimney and venting system safety.
Plumbing, Heating,Cooling Contractors Association – is dedicated to the promotion, advancement, education and training of the industry for the protection of the environment, and the health, safety and
Association of Construction Inspectors – is the largest professional organization for those involved in construction inspection and construction project management. ACI is also the leading association providing standards, guidelines, regulations, education, training, and professional recognition.
Urban Land Institute – a community of practice for those engaged in the entrepreneurial and collaborative process of real estate development and land use policy-making
Association of Pool & Spa ProfessionalsThe Association of Pool & Spa Professionals (APSP) is the world’s largest international trade association representing the swimming pool, spa, hot tub and recreational water industries with a mission to enhance the business success of members.
National Association of Realtors – strives to be the collective force influencing and shaping the real estate industry.
Construction Financial Management Association – dedicated to serving the financial professional in the construction industry
American Institute of Architects: The Institute has advanced the value of architects and architecture since 1857.
American Planning Association: A non-profit public interest and research organization representing 36,000 practicing planners, officials, and citizens involved with urban and rural planning issues.
American Society of Landscape Architects: Founded in 1899, the ASLA is a national professional society that represents the landscape architecture profession in the United States.
Center for Neighborhood Technology: A non-profit organization that helps build prosperous, sustainable communities by linking economic and community development with ecological improvement.
Citizens for Sensible Transportation: Formerly known as STOP, this is a grassroots organization based in Portland, Oregon, that helps people build better communities with less traffic.
The Citizens Network for Sustainable Development: CitNet is an independent, non-profit network bringing together US based organizations, communities, and individuals working on sustainability issues across the US.
Congress for the New Urbanism: Advocates the restructuring of public policy and development practices to support the restoration of existing urban centers and towns within coherent metropolitan regions.
Institute for Real Estate Management: IREM has been the source for education, resources, information, and membership for real estate management professionals for more than 70 years.
International Council for Local Environmental Initiatives: An association of local governments dedicated to the prevention and solution of local, regional, and global environmental problems through local action. Nearly 500 cities, towns, counties, and their associations from around the world are members of the Council.
Land Trust Alliance: Promotes voluntary land conservation and strengthens the land trust movement by providing the leadership, information, skills, and resources land trusts need to conserve land for the benefit of communities and natural systems.
Local Government Commission: A non-profit, nonpartisan, membership organization composed of forward-thinking elected officials, city and county staff, and other interested individuals committed to developing and implementing local solutions to problems of state and national significance.
Community Association Managers International Certification Board: NBC-CAM grants the Certified Manager of Community Associations® (CMCA®) credential to individuals who demonstrate fundamental knowledge and expertise in managing homeowner and condominium associations and cooperatives.
National Center for Appropriate Technology: With programs in energy, agriculture, and communities, the National Center for Appropriate Technology (NCAT) provides information and access to sustainable technologies community-based approaches that can help improve the lives of economically disadvantaged people.
National Civic League: Founded in 1894 by Theodore Roosevelt, Louis Brandeis, and other turn-of-the-century progressives, NCL is an advocacy organization vigorously promoting the principles of collaborative problem-solving and consensus-based decision-making in local community building.
Rails to Trails: Rails-to-Trails Conservancy is a nonprofit organization working with communities to preserve and transform unused rail corridors into trails that enhance the health of America’s environment, economy, neighborhoods, and people.
Sustainable Communities Network: The Sustainable Communities Network seeks to increase the visibility of what has worked for other communities, and to promote a lively exchange of information to help create community sustainability in both urban and rural areas.
U.S. Bureau of the Census: Collector and provider of timely, relevant, and quality data about the people and economy of the United States.
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development: Seeks to provide a decent, safe, and sanitary home and suitable living environment for every American by fighting for fair housing, increasing affordable housing and home ownership, reducing homelessness, promoting jobs and economic opportunity, empowering people and communities, and restoring the public trust.
Urban Land Institute: Seeks to provide leadership in the responsible use of land to enhance the total environment.
Walkable Communities Inc.: A non-profit corporation, established in the state of Florida in 1996, helping communities become more walkable and pedestrian-friendly.
OTHER INTERNET RESOURCES
- Free housing-related publications (PDFs) from the Federal Citizen Information Center
- Making home affordable
- Home foreclosure resources
- Fair housing laws
- Fair lending practices
- Home improvements
- Do-it-yourself home repair and remodeling
- Emergency preparedness—get a kit, make a plan, be informed
- Disaster informationTax information for homeowners
- Buying and selling a home
- Green ideas for homeowners and communities