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Maximizing Investments Toolkit

The Maximizing Investments Toolkit includes tools and guidance to help grantees identify local housing and community development needs and determine how to use available resources most effectively to address those needs. The tools are intended to help grantees navigate the process of setting goals for their investments and identify ways to maximize the positive impacts of these investments. In essence, the Toolkit helps answer this question: With high demand and limited funds, how can grantees make a real difference? Making well-informed and strategic choices is the first step.

The tools provided here are designed to help grantees leverage their CPD investments with local assets and resources. While the Maximizing Investments Toolkit is geared toward helping grantees with consolidated planning, products also are designed to assist grantees with program design, whether it occurs within or outside of the consolidated planning process.

There is no one way to approach strategic planning for the consolidated plan, and no one way to maximize the impacts of program funds. We encourage grantees to use these tools as they best fit into their processes to help them analyze the information they gather before developing strategies.

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Introductory Material

Icon for Webinar: Using the Consolidated Plan to Maximize InvestmentsWebinar: Using the Consolidated Plan to Maximize Investments

This video introduction to the Maximizing Investments Toolkit reviews what it means to maximize investments and how consolidated planning and the toolkit support the effective use of resources.

Date Published: May 2016

Case Study: Neighborhood Planning in Rye, Indiana IconCase Study: Neighborhood Planning in Rye, Indiana

This fictional case study illustrates how community involvement and intentional planning can increase the impact of grantee investments. Highlights of several tools that connect to the planning process and screenshots of the Consolidated Plan Template and maps created with CPD Maps demonstrate how real communities can use HUD toolkits.

Date Published: May 2016

Guidebook: Maximizing Investments Toolkit IconGuidebook: Maximizing Investments Toolkit

This guidebook introduction to the Maximizing Investments Toolkit reviews what it means to maximize investments and how consolidated planning and the toolkit support the effective use of resources.

Date Published: May 2016

Crosswalk: Linking the eCon Plan Template to Maximizing Investments Toolkit IconCrosswalk: Linking the eCon Plan Template to Maximizing Investments Toolkit

The crosswalk is a matrix that links each tool to the Consolidated Plan regulations and the applicable screens of the Consolidated Plan Template in IDIS. Use the crosswalk to see how and when to use the Maximizing Investments tools to support creation of a collaborative, data-driven, and strategic Consolidated Plan.

Date Published: May 2016