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Community Improvement & Capacity Building

Movesmart.org Helping To Build Strong Neighborhoods

screenshot of movesmart.org websiteMovesmart.org is a new website and nonprofit organization dedicated to helping housing seekers find neighborhoods that meet their needs while at the same time promoting diverse, healthy, and vibrant communities.  The organization's core offering is an interactive mapping application called Neighborhood Finder (launching late summer 2009), which provides a geographic interface to many different types of data about neighborhoods.  Other resources include a series of informative guides about relevant housing and neighborhood topics and a blog about fair housing and other similar issues.

You can learn more about Movesmart.org, as well as watch a short video about the organization and the website, by visiting http://movesmart.org/about (new window).

 

California Inclusionary Housing Policy Database

screenshot of CCRH mapThe California Inclusionary Housing Policy Database provides a geographic search capability for users seeking information about policies in specific regions or municipalities in California.  The database, possibly the first of its kind in the US, is managed by the California Coalition for Rural Housing, and was developed by MT development partner CTC in 2008-09 thanks to funding from the S. H. Cowell Foundation.  The database and associated website are built on the Drupal content management system, using GIS functionality supplied by Google and CTC's mapping software.

BATS

Blind Audio Tactile Mapping System project focuses on the latter area of research by helping people without sight access and explore spatial information.

Geocomm

The have free stuff and not free stuff. All and all, lots of free data.

Free Geography Tools

One of the best websites out there for tips and tools for DIY map making!