Essays on People, Place & Purpose

Investing in What Works for America's Communities

2015 June

Sharing Data for America’s Communities

By Ellen Seidman This blog post originally appeared in Urban Wire, the voice of Urban Institute’s researchers and staff. As late as the early 1990s, people working in and for America’s low-income communities relied primarily on the Decennial Census for information. The Census was the …

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What Works News Round-Up – June 26, 2015

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. The New York Times (6/25/15) The Supreme Court Keeps the Fair Housing Law Effective Housing discrimination doesn’t have to be intentional to be illegal. That is the point of the Supreme …

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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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