Spring Salon 2009
What's a Salon?
Salon, a word derived from the French for "large room", has taken on various meanings. In this context we mean it as a "gathering: private or public, of intellectuals to meet, discuss ideas and watch artistic performances." While the artistic performances were kept to a minimum we did, through the day-and-a-half salon, discuss many ideas.
The purpose of the Spring Salon is to gather high level and experienced NW CLT practitioners to discuss and create real useful solutions, tools and best practices to encourage and empower CLT homeowners to maintain and improve their homes. We hope to create an environment that will allow for synergistic learning and problem solving.
• The development of and consensus around the best way to create and managing a reserve account for new construction
Thursday May 14th
Session 1 - Creating and managing reserve accounts for both new construction & existing scattered site homes. We will discuss the reasons behind such accounts, review what has been done in the past and collectively assemble the best components of this practice. How would you institute reserve accounts to maintain your CLTs community assets?
Session 2 - Why and how to create a homeowner assistance fund. Under what circumstances does the CLT actually financially backstop homeowners and how? How do you capitalize and mange such a fund and how to you arrange repaying any assistance?
Friday May 15th
Session 3 - Creating the model CLT Home Maintenance Manual. We won’t start from scratch but we’ll discuss the purpose, use and “enforcement” issues that are unique to CLTs. Are their other unique needs that CLTs have? What are those and how do we incorporate those?