Essays on People, Place & Purpose

Investing in What Works for America's Communities

2014 March

[Video]: Janet Yellen on Investing in What Works

We’re honored to have Federal Reserve Chair Janet Yellen cite our book, Investing in What Works for America’s Communities, as a promising community development initiative at the 2014 National Interagency Community Reinvestment Conference. Yellen noted in her speech:  In 20…

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A Place-Based Approach to Reducing Infant Mortality

By Shannon Merrell, MPHC, Wendy Hussey, MPH For decades, interventions aimed at reducing infant mortality have focused on medical and technological innovations. Despite large investments in improving health care access and support services for families, mothers and babies, significant…

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What Works News Round-Up – March 28, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. The New York Times (3/27/14) Project to Improve Intellect of Poor Children Led to Better Health, Too, Research Finds “This tells us that adversity matters and it does affect adult health…

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What Works News Round-Up – March 21, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. The Huffington Post (3/21/14) From Ideas to Action: Cities as Drivers of Economic Opportunity U.S. cities produce 85 percent of the nation’s GDP, are home to more than 50 percent o…

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President’s Budget Seeks Pay-for-Success Expansions

This post originally appeared on the CLASP website and was adapted for our blog. By Elizabeth Lower-Basch In the FY 2015 budget proposal, President Obama continues to signal his Administration’s interest in and support for “pay-for-success” models, also known as Social Impact Bonds or…

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What Works News Round-Up – March 14, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. The Huffington Post (3/12/14) Impact Investing: Building on Strong Foundations in the U.S. The different strands of government effort engaged in the common activity we call impact invest…

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What Works: Revisiting our Purpose, Assessing our Progress, and Looking Ahead

By Nancy O. Andrews and David Erickson In September 2012, we published Investing in What Works for America’s Communities—a collection of essays highlighting promising anti-poverty strategies and making the case for how to bring them to scale. Many of our nation’s foremost community de…

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What Works News Round-Up – March 5, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. Reuters (3/4/14) White House Wants $1 Billion Put in Affordable Housing Fund President Barack Obama proposed spending $1 billion next year for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban De…

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In the News: Equality of Opportunity

By Anina Tweed, New Sector Resident in Social Enterprise, Low Income Investment Fund Over the past several months, few voices have contributed as much to the national conversation on economic mobility, inequality, and poverty in the United States as the Equality of Opportunity Project…

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Homesick: The Continuing Need to Stabilize Neighborhoods

By Thomas Bledsoe, Housing Partnership Network This post originally appeared on the Community Development Blog of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. We all need a place to call home. Increasingly, a safe, decent and affordable home seems beyond reach for many Americans still s…

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The ideas in Investing in What Works for America’s Communities are just a start. We want to hear about what’s working in your community. Tell us about innovative ideas for addressing poverty and share examples of people and places that inspire you. We want to share these ideas and spark conversation about how to create opportunity and prosperity for all Americans. Tell Us What Works

Funding for this project was generously provided to the Low Income Investment Fund by the Citi Foundation.