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What Works News Round-Up – August 1, 2014

by Admin

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 comes to how these places and a handful of others view and leverage the Community Reinvestment Act (CRA), they are breaking through old barriers.

The Washington Post (8/1/14) More and More Americans are Living with the ‘Double Burden’ of Concentrated Poverty
As the number of Americans living in poverty has grown since 2000, the shape of that poverty has shifted in some crucial ways. Elizabeth Kneebone and Alan Berube at the Brookings Institution have extensively documented that poverty is growing more suburban.
(See also: TIME, The Rise of Suburban Poverty in America)

Five Thirty Eight (7/31/14) How Your City’s Public Transit Stacks Up
After decades of planning, the Washington Metro’s Silver Line finally opened last week. The line aims to make inroads in a car-centric swath of Northern Virginia, but D.C. itself is already known for its robust public transit. How robust?

The Wall Street Journal (7/30/14) New Cash for Affordable Housing
Longtime affordable-housing lender Community Preservation Corp. is getting an infusion of $350 million to invest in struggling neighborhoods, part of a private-public partnership that New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio called essential to his agenda.

NPR (7/28/14) New York Debates Whether Housing Counts As Health Care
At the crux of this debate is the question of whether housing qualifies as health care. This past December, the outgoing New York State commissioner of health argued in an article in The New England Journal of Medicine that housing is health care.

Think Progress (7/28/14) People Living In The South Have Shorter, Sicker Life Expectancies Than Other Americans
Americans living in parts of the southern United States — areas often burdened with disproportionate crime, poverty, limited health care, and poor schools — will likely live fewer healthy years post-retirement compared to their counterparts in other regions.

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