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What Works News Round-Up – January 16, 2015

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. The Washington Post (1/16/15) Majority Of U.S. Public School Students Are In Poverty For the first time in at least 50 years, a majority of U.S. public school students come from low-inco…

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What Works News Round-Up – August 1, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. Governing (8/1/14) Pushing the Community Reinvestment Act into Unchartered Territory A health clinic in the San Francisco Bay Area. A transit-oriented development in Denver. When it come…

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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 Works News Round-Up – May 15, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. TIME Magazine (5/13/14) Big Gaps in Pre-K Availability Nationwide, Report Finds A new survey of state-funded pre-kindergarten programs finds a wide disparity in the availability of early…

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What Works News Round-Up – May 9, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. Al Jazeera America (5/9/14) The Ride to the Top Your own two feet may be the great equalizers in a nation with a widening wealth and education gap. Both the most educated and wealthiest …

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What Works News Round-Up – April 11, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. Washington Post Wonkblog (4/9/14) What We Know About how Poor Neighborhoods Become Wealthier Over the last 30 years, the poorest neighborhoods in urban America have largely remained that…

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What Works News Round-Up – April 4, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. TIME Magazine (3/31/14) The Fed is Right to Worry About ‘Kitchen-Table Economics’ But under Yellen, community development, which has always been part of the Fed’s mandate, though an oft-…

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What Works News Round-Up – February 7, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. Brookings Social Mobility Memos (2/7/14) Five Facts on Poverty, Inequality and Mobility The air is thick with rhetoric on poverty, opportunity and inequality. Politicians on both sides a…

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How Health Impact Assessments Can Inform Healthy Developments

By Pilar Lorenzana-Campo, MEP, senior planner and program director for planning and development at ChangeLab Solutions. Pilar develops innovative and practical solutions around access to transit, affordable housing, opportunities for play and recreation, and nutrition. Follow ChangeLa…

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