Evelyn Immonen is a Research and Policy Associate at the Housing Assistance Council, where she works with the Research and Information team to prepare research reports on rural housing and bridge the gap to real-world policy issues. She also represents HAC as part of the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design, a program that brings creative placemaking and design to rural areas. She recently graduated from the University of Virginia where she earned a Bachelors in English and a Master of Public Policy degree. During her time in graduate school she served as the Teaching Assistant for a graduate-level policy writing course and wrote her Applied Policy Project on the opioid crisis in Indian Country. Evelyn is particularly interested in Native American communities due to her heritage with the Turtle Mountain Tribe and connection to many tribes in North and South Dakota.
June 7, 2019
This piece is a reflection from CIRD team member Evelyn Immonen on her experience at the Rural Generation Summit 2019, and the opinions are her own.
May 22, 2019
After much anticipation, we are pleased to open another opportunity to be a part of a CIRD, a national initiative around rural design and creative placemaking.
April 10, 2019
The National Endowment for the Arts has selected the Housing Assistance Council (HAC) as its partner for the Citizens’ Institute on Rural Design (CIRD), one of the Arts Endowment’s leadership initiatives.
March 29, 2019
CIRD communities offer a plethora of helpful hints and creative ideas for hosting community-wide events that address diverse rural design issues.
January 7, 2019
Vincent DeSantis, the author of “Toward Civic Integrity: Re-establishing the Micropolis,” published eleven years ago, works in the spirit of Holly Whyte: quietly, carefully and with great acuity. Vince was my host, at his B&B, on my trips to Gloversville, New York. He is a Gloversville native, an attorney, served as the City Court judge in town for years and is now the at-large member of the city’s Common Council. He’s the moving force behind many of the good things happening in Gloversville. What I didn’t know, I suppose because of his reserve and modesty, is that he wrote a book that was years ahead of its time and that even today should be essential reading for everyone involved in placemaking. Back in 2007, Vince was conclusively making the case for small cities and how to revitalize them.