Essays on People, Place & Purpose

Investing in What Works for America's Communities

What Works Wednesdays

by Admin

Since the release of Investing in What Works for America’s Communities, hundreds of readers from across the United States and other countries have written in to “Tell Us What Works” in the fight against poverty. We are encouraged by what we’ve heard from you and hope sharing these ideas sparks dialogue about what works to provide opportunity for all Americans. We hope you’ll contribute your ideas and tell us what works for your community.

Researchers have found that a key difference between resilient low-income neighborhoods and other neighborhoods lie in their physical and social topography–the vitality of sidewalks, stores, restaurants, and community organizations that bring friends and neighbors together, making it easier for people to look out for each other. This illustrates a point that many community development practitioners have come to embrace: Resilient communities require more than decent housing, important as that is; they also require an array of amenities that support the social fabric of the community and build the capabilities of community residents.
-Oscar, Washington, DC


Partnerships work, either as public-private or public-public partnerships. Collaboration should also happen among different nonprofit organizations. With limited funding, we all HAVE to work together and break down the silos.
-Colleen, St. Louis, MO


People’s Community Health Centers (FQHC) is committed to providing quality comprehensive medical services for Baltimore’s most underserved neighborhoods. We manage not only a health center, but are also building a community center that will offer residents the local resources to empower them to change the course of many generations of poverty and despair.
-Stacey, Baltimore, MD


What works is comprehensive investment in targeted communities, where there is a hybrid of economic development and human capital development with access to resources.
-Jennifer, Los Angeles, CA


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Tell Us What Works

The ideas in Investing in What Works for America’s Communities are just a start. We want to hear about what’s working in your community. Tell us about innovative ideas for addressing poverty and share examples of people and places that inspire you. We want to share these ideas and spark conversation about how to create opportunity and prosperity for all Americans. Tell Us What Works

Funding for this project was generously provided to the Low Income Investment Fund by the Citi Foundation.