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Events from 2017 shape expectations for 2018
Green circle with white text: NeighborWorks organizations have generated more than $27.2 billion in reinvestment in their communities in the last 5 years

As 2018 quickly approaches, it makes sense to take stock of the last 12 months to help us frame the goals, expectations and promise of the new year.

So, before we kick off NeighborWorks America's 40th anniversary year, let's revisit some of the important ideas, information and events that impacted our organization and network members in 2017—with just a little prognosticating about 2018 thrown in, just for good measure.

We wish you the happiest of holidays and a safe, healthy and prosperous 2018.
Charting a course out of rural poverty
Photograph of a projection with text that reads: Hope in the Delta
In Memphis, Tennessee, during NeighborWorks America's 2017 summit, "Hope in the Delta: Turning the Tide on Persistent Rural Poverty," leaders from organizations that work in areas hardest hit by poverty discussed the challenges and promising solutions for bringing opportunity back to these communities.

A white paper released in conjunction with the event addresses how rural areas all too often are left behind as our economy evolves and what we can do to reshape the economic landscape in rural America.
By the numbers: Annual surveys track consumers' thoughts on housing and personal finance
Graphic of the NeighborWorks Consumer Finance Survey
In 2017, NeighborWorks America conducted national surveys to identify trends in housing and consumer finances.

The results showed that more adults are saving for an emergency, but most don't use a budget as their financial roadmap; and though a clear majority of adults say homeownership is a key part of the American dream, relatively few know where to find knowledgeable advice about qualifying for a mortgage and buying a home.
Community development organizations benefit from becoming sustainable businesses
A woman hangs yellow sticky notes to a window
At a time of decreasing government funding and increased competition for philanthropic dollars, how can nonprofits stay financially viable while staying true to their missions?

A supplement to the Stanford Social Innovation Review explores how a hybrid of social and commercial enterprise can help nonprofits address community needs and adapt as those needs change. A recent NeighborWorks America blog provides an overview.
The challenge of affordable housing will continue in 2018
A graphic comparing home price and income from 2017 to projected stats in 2018
What would an end-of-year wrap-up be without a few predictions about the year to come?

The U.S. housing market is projected to continue its positive pace in 2018, but affordability for first-time homebuyers will remain challenging as prices rise across the country, mortgage rates inch higher and fewer entry-level homes come onto the market.
Editor's note: There will be no issue of NeighborWorks Works on Dec. 26. We will return on Jan. 2.
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