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Community experts brainstorm financial inclusion

August 18, 2017 - 2:12pm
At the Philadelphia NeighborWorks Training Institute, both local and national experts came together to discuss and debate how to create and sustain more financial inclusion, allowing low-income households, new Americans and others often left behind to benefit from improvements in the economy. Read this blog post for some highlights of their take-aways.

Author calls for increased focus on America’s ‘middle neighborhoods’

August 7, 2017 - 11:42am
Conversations about communities in need of attention typically center on distressed neighborhoods on the slide down or “hot” markets where gentrification is in danger of pushing out older, original residents. What’s missing from the strategy talks are “middle neighborhoods.”

Nonprofits put small-footprint homes to versatile use

August 4, 2017 - 2:04pm
The almost “faddish” rise of what has been called “tiny homes” is much in the media. On the ground, the small houses are being put to use both for alternatives to homelessness and affordable housing in tough markets for singles and couples. 

It pays to go all out when you go green

July 28, 2017 - 9:51am
When Mutual Housing California decided being "green" was one of its core values, it approached its mission from all directions. And a guiding principle is to make sure that lower-income residents be able to fully enjoy the benefits.

Black women walk to reclaim health and streets

June 26, 2017 - 3:24pm
What can both help improve the health of black women and reclaim sidewalks for residents? It's an organization and campaign called GirlTrek, and several NeighborWorks network members are jumping on board. Read about what it is and how it works. 

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.