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What Works News Round-Up – August 6, 2015

by Admin

In the News

Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week.

The New York Times (8/5/15) Where Should a Poor Family Live?
“A growing body of research over the last several decades suggests that stress and exposure to violence in high-poverty neighborhoods can affect children’s cognitive development, school performance, mental health and long-term physical health,” argue Barbara Sard of the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities and Philip Tegeler, director of the Poverty and Race Research Action Council, in a report published by Furman Center of New York University, “Children and Housing Vouchers.”

UrbanWire (8/5/15) To Reduce Inequality Among Neighborhoods, Make Inclusion the Central Goal
s neighborhoods become more divided from one another, it’s harder for people to move over their lifetimes. Divisions among neighborhoods can also reinforce differences among people. And since top and bottom neighborhoods often lie in different jurisdictions, a gulf among neighborhoods can translate into a gulf among the level of local resources available for investment, especially for families with kids.

The Washington Post Wonkblog (8/5/15) Americans Say Racism is a Bigger Problem Today Than at any Point in the Past 20 Years
Half of Americans — exactly 50 percent — say racism is a “big problem” in this country, according to a fascinating new Pew poll released today. That’s up an astonishing 17 points since the last time pollsters asked this question in 2010. And it represents the highest level of concern about racism in this country in at least 20 years.

The New York Times (8/3/15) As New York Rents Soar, Public Housing Becomes Lifelong Refuge
For many families in public housing, it is a rite of passage to one day move into private rentals or buy their own homes. But in another sign of the affordability challenges facing New Yorkers, many others are staying longer, if not for life, even when making a decent living.

Next City (7/28/15) L.A. and Philly Form First Promise Zones Partnership
When President Barack Obama first announced the creation of his Promise Zones in early 2014, the initiative was a departure from most place-based, anti-poverty initiatives in the past. For one, there was no mention of lump-sum block grants, a contrast from federal programs like President Bill Clinton’s “empowerment zones” in the 1990s.

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