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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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What Works News Round-Up – March 5, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. Reuters (3/4/14) White House Wants $1 Billion Put in Affordable Housing Fund President Barack Obama proposed spending $1 billion next year for the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban De…

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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 21, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. The New York Times (2/20/14) Study Finds Greater Income Inequality in Nation’s Thriving Cities If you want to live in a more equal community, it might mean living in a more moribund econ…

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From Poverty to Possibility, One Family at a Time

By Renise Walker, Director of Resident Life, Jubilee Housing Renise participated in the What Works Challenge where her idea, “It Starts at Home,” generated the most excitement among the participants. Renise expands on her idea to integrate family services with housing in this bl…

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What Works News Round-Up – February 14, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. The American Prospect (2/12/14) Stress, Poverty, and the Childhood Reading Gap A recent study adds to the mounting pile of evidence that a child’s early years are critical for dete…

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What Works News Round-Up – January 31, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. Governing (1/31/14)  All Policies are Health Policies The idea is that all policy is health policy; HiAP advocates recommend scrutinizing any proposed program, project or policy before i…

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Wanted: Suburban Quarterbacks

By Alan Berube and Natalie Holmes This post originally appeared on the Confronting Suburban Poverty in America website. During our travels around the country, we’re often confronted with the question, “Is suburban poverty better or worse than urban poverty?” A good one-word answer is:…

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What Works News Round-Up — January 15, 2014

In the News Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week. The Washington Post (1/8/14) White House Picks First Five Economic ‘Promise Zones’ The initiative will focus on reducing crime in high-poverty areas, attracting private inves…

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Announcing the What Works Challenge Top Idea

After six weeks, twenty-three ideas, one hundred and ten votes and thirty-six comments, the What Works Challenge has come to a close. Created by Citi Foundation in partnership with the Low Income Investment Fund, the What Works Challenge platform is an online hub to bubble-up creative…

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