Magazine article American Libraries

Tips on Implementing Housing Programs

Magazine article American Libraries

Tips on Implementing Housing Programs

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1. Support from the top is crucial. Susan Moore, deputy director of the San Diego County Library, credits Director Jose Aponte for being supportive of the library's partnership with the Housing Opportunities Collaborative. While such an alliance may not fall into the traditional role of the library, both Moore and Aponte believe it helped address local needs.

2. Anticipate future community needs. While the San Diego County Library is continuing to host foreclosure clinics, it has decreased the number of programs for 2013, as fewer residents are defaulting on mortgage payments. Instead, Moore said the library will be devoting resources to more relevant projects such as fairs for people who may have suffered credit problems but may now be thinking about getting back into the housing market.

3. It is possible to implement programs during budget cuts. San Diego County Library has seen its budget reduced by 32% in the past three years. Much like other libraries throughout the country, despite the cuts, SDCL has seen increases in circulation as well as the continuation of the housing clinics. …

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