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Nonprofits explore fine line between good business practice and offering second chances

June 12, 2017 - 11:19am
When social service agencies started telling NeighborWorks network member Aeon they couldn’t place some of their neediest clients in the Minneapolis nonprofit’s affordable housing developments, the organization decided to join with others in the area to explore how to be more inclusive. Read how the collaboration is taking an evidence-based approach to re-examining standards for tenants who are ex-offenders. 

How to leverage the arts community to energize an economy

June 2, 2017 - 2:11pm
Bankruptcies….Closed businesses…Declining jobs…Run-down neighborhoods. Network member HANDS in Orange, New Jersey, has found a winning response that leverages the arts to grow a more vibrant economy. It’s just one example of “creative placemaking” that is proving successful in cities and towns across the country.

Nonprofits play vital role in bridging ‘digital divide’

May 5, 2017 - 1:06pm
Access to broadband internet is fast becoming a predictor of whether you are on the “have” or “have not” side of the American wealth divide. If you can’t access high-speed internet regularly and don’t how to take advantage of it, you probably won’t do as well in school, won’t know about good available jobs and won’t be able to get those jobs if you did. Read how some NeighborWorks members are working to close that gap.

Is it possible to cultivate a culture of safe exercise? Yes!

April 25, 2017 - 10:59am
It's a tough challenge to promote safe outdoor physical activity in a community that doesn't have conducive infrastructure and the culture hasn't made it the norm. However, two members of the NeighborWorks network have taken on this challenge and are seeing results. Learn how. 

Rural poverty: panels address challenges and opportunities

April 24, 2017 - 11:28am
At NeighborWorks’ summit, “Hope in the Delta: Turning the Tide on Persistent Rural Poverty,” two panels of experts debated what it will take to make a real difference in these areas. In this blog post, highlights are offered from the spirited discussion.

White paper offers blueprint for ending persistent rural poverty

April 10, 2017 - 8:17am
In advance of its April 20 forum, “Hope in the Delta–Turning the Tide on Persistent Rural Poverty,” NeighborWorks America asked four leaders of organizations representing the hardest-hit regions to offer their perspectives on the greatest challenges and the most-promising solutions. 

Departing executive director warns of new kind of foreclosure crisis

March 23, 2017 - 4:09pm
Long-time executive director Lou Tisler sees the nation recovering from the economic crisis, but warns that tax foreclosures now are hitting seniors hard.

Partnership tackles America’s savings crisis

March 21, 2017 - 1:07pm
The presence of absence of emergency savings can determine whether a household slides into disaster following a lay-off or other financial crisis. Yet too many people have no such protection. A new partnership is designed to help asset-poor families develop an emergency cushion.

'Missing-middle' housing offers return to walkable communities

March 20, 2017 - 10:47am
Vibrant cities offer a variety of housing types, including single-family and small multifamily properties. The density of the neighborhoods creates a solid customer base to support local businesses. Sadly, however, the ability to recreate this type of neighborhood has declined with the growth of suburbs and a preference for single-family zoning. Now, there is a movement afoot to bring back small-scale multifamily housing called “missing-middle housing.”