Essays on People, Place & Purpose

Investing in What Works for America's Communities

2016 May

It’s Harder to Get Affordable Housing Than to Get Into Harvard

A recent Planet Money story demonstrates just how hard it is to get affordable housing if you’re poor—it’s even harder than getting into the nation’s most elite universities. The story profiles Shanay, a mother with a six-year-old daughter in Connecticut, who after a long period witho…

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In South Dallas, Local Leaders are Driving Big Changes

Dallas is known for big business, big houses, big hair and a big can-do spirit. Perhaps lesser known is its big, rapidly growing poverty rate – the third highest among the nation’s largest cities. At a time when national leaders seem polarized and paralyzed, local leaders are taking a…

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