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What Works News Round-Up – April 5, 2016

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. The Washington Post (4/5/16) Sending Nurses to Work with Poor Moms Helps Kids. So Why Don’t We Do More Of It? This kind of support, with trained nurses coaching low-income, first-t…

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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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What Works News Round-Up – December 17, 2015

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. The Washington Post (12/17/15) Lending Help: Innovative New Program Allows Poor Renters to Build Credit By Paying Off Loans Through the Partners in Progress initiative, Jubilee Housing t…

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What Works News Round-Up – December 8, 2015

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. The Washington Post (12/8/15) One Way to Boost Achievement Among Poor Kids? Make Sure They Have Classmates Who Aren’t Poor. Race-based school integration plans helped boost black student…

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What Works News Round-Up – October 26, 2015

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. Vox (10/25/15) Prison Sentences Are Getting Shorter. But Racial Disparities Are Getting Worse. There’s good news and bad news about sentences in federal prison. The good news: Pris…

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What Works News Round-Up – October 19, 2015

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. The Wall Street Journal (10/18/15) A Better Way to Measure Poverty In the U.S., a new, nuanced tool can help policy makers and social-services providers understand the country’s most acu…

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What Works News Round-Up – September 17, 2015

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. Inside Philanthropy (9/16/15) Money for Mobility: Inside a New Push to Get Poor Families to Better Neighborhoods Where you grow up can have a huge influence on your access to opportunity…

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What Works News Round-Up – August 26, 2015

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. The Washington Post (8/25/15) Housing Subsidies Reduce Inequality. But Mortgage Tax Breaks Make it Worse. While housing subsidies to the poor help narrow inequality, housing benefits for…

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What Works News Round-Up – August 13, 2015

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. The Washington Post (8/12/15) Black Poverty Differs From White Poverty The poverty that poor African Americans experience is often different from the poverty of poor whites. It’s m…

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What Works News Round-Up – August 6, 2015

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. The New York Times (8/5/15) Where Should a Poor Family Live? “A growing body of research over the last several decades suggests that stress and exposure to violence in high-poverty neigh…

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