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Investing in What Works for America's Communities

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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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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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Building a Bridge from Wall Street to Main Street: How Impact Investing Can Expand the Reach and Role of Community and Economic Development

By William Burckart The limited number of opportunities for “impact investing”—investments intended to generate measurable social and environmental impact alongside financial returns—is restricting the growth of this style of investing, according to a global survey of practitioners un…

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What Works News Round-Up – June 13, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. Vox.com (6/12/14) The damage of poverty is visible as early as kindergarten In a new article in the spring issue of the Princeton University journal The Future of Children (and highlight…

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What Works News Round-Up – June 6, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. Forbes (6/5/14) Fighting Financial Exclusion: How To Serve 88 Million Americans Who Have No Bank The existence of “bank deserts” in poverty-stricken communities presents a huge opportuni…

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What If People Got the Credit They Deserve?

Nearly 13 million American households have problems accessing traditional forms of credit because they lack sufficient credit history. This is not just a problem for the poor. Recent immigrants, young people on their own for the first time, those with damaged credit from the financial…

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President’s Budget Seeks Pay-for-Success Expansions

This post originally appeared on the CLASP website and was adapted for our blog. By Elizabeth Lower-Basch In the FY 2015 budget proposal, President Obama continues to signal his Administration’s interest in and support for “pay-for-success” models, also known as Social Impact Bonds or…

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What Works News Round-Up – March 14, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. The Huffington Post (3/12/14) Impact Investing: Building on Strong Foundations in the U.S. The different strands of government effort engaged in the common activity we call impact invest…

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Homesick: The Continuing Need to Stabilize Neighborhoods

By Thomas Bledsoe, Housing Partnership Network This post originally appeared on the Community Development Blog of the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco. We all need a place to call home. Increasingly, a safe, decent and affordable home seems beyond reach for many Americans still s…

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What Works News Round-Up – February 28, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. CNN (2/28/14) Housing Inequality: The tale of two communities Nowhere is the divide between rich and poor more apparent than in the backyard. Home values in the top 10% wealthiest commun…

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