Equitable Neighborhood Development OverviewTue, May 24
Framework for Analyzing and Anticipating Neighborhood ChangeWed, May 25
Levar Martin is the Director of NALCAB’s national Equitable Neighborhood Development program. This program area consists of providing data analysis – asset mapping and housing and market assessments; technical assistance to member organizations and government entities around affordable housing, community development and economic development programs; community inclusion – facilitating community and stakeholder engagement; and fair housing – managing a national fair housing program and analyzing fair housing choice based on asset mapping. The Equitable Neighborhood Development team is also responsible for the integration of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) into NALCAB's work. The team’s most recent work consists of utilizing GIS to anticipate and analyze neighborhood change, including displacement and gentrification and identifying trends and challenges across national markets.
Levar joined NALCAB in 2011 as program assistant, and then as program coordinator of the U.S. HUD CPLC/NALCAB Neighborhood Stabilization Program Round 2 Consortium. In this role, Levar administered and implemented procedures to track and analyze the economic development impact of the housing and job sectors for 14 national consortium partners, and ensured the highest level of compliance with federal requirements. Soon after, Levar was elevated to Special assistant to the Executive Director where he assisted with resource development, staff management, scheduling and policy research. He then moved on to Program Manager and then Senior Program Manager of Equitable Neighborhood Development. Prior to joining NALCAB, Levar worked as a Manager for a small business for 5 years and spent a semester as an intern in the City of San Antonio's Department of Planning and Community Development, focusing on GIS.
A San Antonio native, Levar earned a B.A. in Sociology with a concentration in Urban Studies from Trinity University and a M.S. in Urban and Regional Planning, from the College of Architecture, Construction and Planning, at the University of Texas at San Antonio (UTSA). He is happily married and a father of a son.