What Works News Round-Up – October 2, 2014
In the News
Here is some of the latest poverty and community development news from this past week.
CityLab (10/1/14) In America’s Poorest City, a Housing Breakthrough
Together, bcWorkshop—led by Brent Brown, a Dallas architect—and the Community Development Corporation of Brownsville (CDCB) have built an attractive, 56-unit complex of affordable housing called La Hacienda Casitas. They completed a new hiking and biking trail through one of the city’s most disadvantaged neighborhoods; developed a prototype for disaster-relief housing; and did major planning work to improve the infrastructure in seven colonias, with an eye to making them more resistant to flooding and high winds.
Living Cities Blog (9/30/14) New Tool Can Quantify Your Social Impact
Measuring social impact in addition to financial return is a way for LIIF and others in the community development finance sector to gain a deeper understanding of how well we are performing relative to our mission, and it helps us stay on top of the latest research on the impact of our work.
MetroTrends Blog (9/30/14) Want the Best Return on Your Tax Dollar Investment? Invest in Children
The reason for the declining investment in children is not a deliberate rejection of children and their needs. Rather, it is because the federal budget is on autopilot to spend ever larger amounts on Medicare, Medicaid, and Social Security for adults. As federal spending grows over the next decade, 94 percent of the new spending will go to these three programs for adults.
The Washington Post (9/29/14) Mapped: How the ‘Creative Class’ is Dividing U.S. Cities
The housing options of the disadvantaged are invariably defined by what’s left over. If the wealthy want to live on the waterfront, the poor are driven inland. If high-paid professionals want to live close to the subway — picture the popular orange-line corridor in Arlington — then low-paid cashiers are pushed farther from transit.
The New York Times (9/28/14) For a Worker With Little Time Between 3 Jobs, a Nap Has Fatal Consequences
In death, Ms. Fernandes has been held up as a symbol of the hardships facing our nation’s army of low-wage workers. Her friends say she earned little more than $8.25 an hour — New Jersey’s minimum wage — and passed her days and nights in a blur of iced coffees and toasted breakfast sandwiches, coffee rolls and glazed jelly doughnuts.
USA Today (9/27/14) 5 reasons why we’re losing the war on poverty
Poverty does not appear to be waving the white flag anytime soon. While the official poverty rate in the United States recently declined for the first time in seven years, the war on destitution is far from over and feels like a losing battle for millions of Americans.