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Investing in What Works for America's Communities

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EXPLORE THE BOOK SERIES

  • What Counts: Harnessing Data for America’s Communities
  • What It’s Worth: Strengthening the Financial Future of Families, Communities and the Nation

How Can We Create Job Opportunities for the Formerly Incarcerated?

In the wake of several high-profile incidents of police misconduct, criminal justice reform has become a popular topic throughout the nation. Last month, President Obama issued orders freeing dozens of federal prisoners charged with nonviolent drug offenses and became the first sittin…

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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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The Data Divide: What We Want and What We Can Get

This post originally appeared on the Living Cities blog and is part of a series on working with data in community development. The Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF) and Enterprise Community Partners (Enterprise) are partnering with Living Cities to better understand how to preserve af…

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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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Disarming the Great Affordable Housing Debate

In a new blog post on Urban Wire, Urban Institute researchers Solomon Greene and Margery Turner respond to Thomas B. Edsall’s latest column in The New York Times. His piece, entitled “Where Should a Poor Family Live?”, criticizes the affordable housing industry for building hous…

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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.