What Works Wednesdays
Since the release of Investing in What Works for America’s Communities, hundreds of readers from across the United States and other countries have written in to “Tell Us What Works” in the fight against poverty. We are encouraged by what we’ve heard from you and hope sharing these ideas sparks dialogue about what works to provide opportunity for all Americans. We hope you’ll contribute your ideas and tell us what works for your community.
Effective and genuine community development starts with a vision crafted by the community, facilitated by a community-based organization that represents and is accountable to the community, with financial and other resources from a variety of partners who respect the community. That’s the model we’re working with at the Old North St. Louis Restoration Group – and, slowly but surely, we’re making progress toward a neighborhood-wide, comprehensive revitalization.
-Sean, St. Louis, MO
I work for Partners In Community Building, Inc. (PICB), which focuses on education in financial literacy. As a HUD certified counseling agency, we teach our clients important skills, such as: budgeting, managing money, investing, saving and the biggest pitfall is planning. We are part of a credit builders coalition in Chicago that has been given tools to assist the consumer. We are also part of the Bank on Chicago programs, which gives second chances for people to join banks and become educated on the process. We are in talks currently to expand our program to reach the youth with mobile banking.
-Bobbi, Chicago, IL
What works? Funding structures that support the bottom of the pyramid works. Companies that balance financial reporting with impact reporting works. Channeling funding into housing and sustainable food, which has a ripple effect across numerous sectors and communities works. The power of people and collaboration works!
-Shyam, Dublin, CA
With diminishing federal funds and an increase in need, we are looking at an entirely new structure to operate within the public sector. New financing models, better data collection, and a “boots on the ground” approach are just a part of where we are focusing our efforts. This book has not only enlightened my understanding, but has been a tool as we discuss the issues, understanding our market and local economy, and plan for the future.
-Michael, Salt Lake City, UT