Rehabilitation of existing housing stock is one of the most frequently undertaken activities to expand the supply of affordable housing. It is seen as effective because it often meets the dual objectives of stabilizing existing housing units, and the neighborhoods in which they are located; and providing a decent, safe, and sanitary home for a lowincome household. Since the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development first implemented the HOME Investment Partnerships Program over a decade ago, state and local jurisdictions have relied on rehabilitation activities to address local affordable housing needs more than any other housing activity. Nearly half of all HOME project funds committed-approximately $3 billion-has been dedicated to rental and homeowner-occupied rehabilitation since the program's onset.
Managing a rehabilitation program, however, can be a challenging endeavor. Good management of a rehabilitation program requires excellent leadership skills, as well as strong technical skills in the areas of development, construction, and program regulations. The HOME Program Rehabilitation Tune-up Kit is a tool to assist rehabilitation program managers in assessing how well their programs are running. Presented in a workbook style, the publication leads managers through a series of questions that systematically evaluates program performance in each stage of the rehabilitation process. A subsequent trouble-shooting guide reveals best practices in each of these areas, and provides advice on what to do if one's program is not performing at an acceptable level for that area of performance. This self-assessment tool will help managers pinpoint areas of program strength and weakness, and will help identify steps that can be taken to improve program performance. It is a "must" for those striving to achieve rehabilitation program excellence!