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.


What works are simple, relevant and accessible strategies. We need to help people increase their income through employment and self-employment resources, and by taking an asset-based approach that is based on the strengths of a community.
-Lisa, Olympia, WA


We are a nonprofit Low Income Housing Tax Credit syndicator that has raised over 2.5 billion dollars. We have a management company and a CDFI lending arm. We have invested in several Scholar House deals in Kentucky and have started on one in Columbus, OH with housing projects set aside for single parent households where the parent is attending college.
-Hal, Columbus, OH


Trinity Services, Inc. is a nonprofit organization serving more than 2,500 persons who have intellectual disabilities, mental illness, or other behavioral health needs. Services include housing, education, employment services and more. Some of Trinity’s educational/vocational programs operate a business, or social enterprise.
-Monica, New Lenox, IL


What works? Providing a more favorable financial environment for businesses that are committed to low-income communities.
-Cheryl, Atlanta, GA


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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.