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Read the latest thinking in the field of affordable housing and community development.
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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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.