Essays on People, Place & Purpose

Investing in What Works for America's Communities

community development

Purpose Built Communities and the Importance of the Community Quarterback

By Carol Naughton, President of Purpose Built Communities When we started Purpose Built Communities in 2009, our mission was to help transform struggling neighborhoods into places that helped low income families reach their full potential by improving housing, education and wellness. …

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What Works News Round-Up – April 10, 2015

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. The Washington Post (4/10/15) Closing The Gender Wage Gap Could Pull Half Of Working Single Moms Out Of Poverty More women than ever financially support their families. And with American…

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Capital Magnet Fund: A Smart Solution for Affordable Housing

We can say with growing certainty that the economy is in recovery. Unemployment, the stock market, and other economic indicators have reached pre-recession levels. However, millions of low-income American families are still struggling to find stable, affordable housing. According to a…

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A New Testament of Hope

By: Darren Walker This post originally appeared on Medium.com Last month, Darren Walker, President of the Ford Foundation, reflected on the parallels between Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “testament of hope” and the present-day demonstrations spurred by the recent killings of young me…

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The Momentum – And Need for Clarity – in Impact Investing

By William Burckart This piece is based on Mr. Burckart’s three-part blog series in Next Billion. You can read parts one, two, and three here. In many ways, impact investing is on a winning streak. Consider a few recent milestones that illustrate the sector’s growing momentum: In Marc…

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Using Pay for Success to Enable Healthy Housing Choices

By Dan Rinzler, Mary Cunningham, and Phil Tegeler This post originally appeared on PayForSuccess.org. The Challenge: Concentrated Poverty is Bad for Health Neighborhoods play a central role in brokering Americans’ access to opportunity, and their exposure to environmental risks. It fo…

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What Works News Round-Up – October 10, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. The New York Times (10/9/14) The Solution to Chronic Homelessness? Try Homes. Putting a life back together is hard, especially without a roof and a bed. The longtime practice of getting …

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A New Approach to Engaging High-Poverty Communities

By Susan Neufeld, Vice President of Resident Programs and Services, BRIDGE Housing and Emily Weinstein, Director of Potrero Community and Housing Development, BRIDGE Housing This post originally appeared on the Partners in Progress Blog. BRIDGE and San Francisco State University’s Hea…

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What Works News Round-Up – October 2, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. CityLab (10/1/14) In America’s Poorest City, a Housing Breakthrough Together, bcWorkshop—led by Brent Brown, a Dallas architect—and the Community Development Corporation of Brownsv…

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What Works News Round-Up – September 26, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. Next City (9/24/14) Transportation Funding Change Aims For Equality in Twin Cities From exclusionary zoning policies to trains that stop before reaching areas of racially concentrated po…

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