Essays on People, Place & Purpose

Investing in What Works for America's Communities

2016 February

Huffington Post Op-Ed on the Community Reinvestment Act

A recent op-ed by Mark Pinsky, President and CEO of Opportunity Finance Network, examines the Community Reinvestment Act’s (CRA) declining influence. Enacted by Congress in 1977, the CRA encouraged banks to reinvest in the communities they serve and was intended to address years…

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What Works News Round-Up – February 11, 2016

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. Urban Wire (2/10/16) The Stalled, Struggling Black Middle Class Black children raised in middle class households in the late 1970s and early 1980s fall out of middle class status at nota…

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Community Organizations are Key to Moving Individuals and Neighborhoods out of Poverty

Eighteen months ago, Change Capital Fund (CCF) initiated a four-year, $5 million investment in five New York City nonprofits and community-based organizations that it believes are best able to reach local residents who are disconnected from the city’s affluence and opportunity and can…

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A Chance to Succeed: Housing Mobility Programs Help Families Move to Healthy Communities

Baltimore spent much of 2015 transfixed by the case of Freddie Gray’s death. This incident spotlighted the city’s questionable police practices and the woeful state of the Sandtown-Winchester neighborhood where Gray lived, an area plagued by decades of poverty and violence, where half…

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What Works News Round-Up – February 3, 2016

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. Citylab (2/2/16) Are Poor Neighborhoods Worse for Boys Than Girls? How adults in the U.S. fare economically depends, to a large extent, on the quality of the neighborhoods they grew up i…

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