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What Works News Round-Up – February 28, 2014

by Admin

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 communities are worth more than six times that in the bottom 40%, a new survey has found.

Yahoo Finance (2/27/14) For one in three Americans, poverty is one tough break away
For every homeless person in the U.S., there are hundreds more impoverished Americans so adept at blending in that you would never guess they shopped at food pantries in lieu of grocery stores or were one more late rent check away from the street.

The Catalyst (Living Cities Blog) (2/27/14) The Massachusetts Juvenile Justice Pay for Success Initiative
The Massachusetts Juvenile Justice Social Innovation Financing (SIF) Project, with Roca Inc, a Chelsea nonprofit, is designed to improve outcomes for hundreds of at-risk young men in the probation system or leaving the juvenile justice system.

Brookings (2/26/14) Social Mobility: Three Reasons to Worry about the Future
Most scholarly discussions of social mobility focus on the question of the inheritance of income: in other words, how far the relative economic status of grown-up “children” (ages 38-45) compares to their parent’s status when they were young (i.e., parents observed from 1960-79).

NPR (2/23/14) Can Exercising Seniors Help Revive a Brooklyn Neighborhood?
It might not look like it but this class and walking club of women, and sometimes men, is part of a larger effort to fight poverty and improve impoverished communities. It was started by a nonprofit, Community Solutions. People there think that one way to help places like Brownsville is to get residents to look out for and care for each other.

The New York Times (2/21/14) Your Ancestors, Your Fate
Inequality of income and wealth has risen in America since the 1970s, yet a large-scale research study recently found that social mobility hadn’t changed much during that time. How can that be?

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