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Learn to anticipate and ‘leap forward’ after disasters

September 7, 2017 - 2:11pm
The news is awash with the damage wrought by Hurricane Harvey and fears about the impact of the massive storms set to take its place, Irma and Jose. But these natural disasters should not have surprised anyone; they are only the latest in a string of worsening weather events that is expected to continue.

Want to ready children for school success? Focus on parents too

September 6, 2017 - 11:07am
​Numerous studies have documented that early childhood education and other forms of support are critical to social development, resilience, self-esteem and ability to learn throughout the lifecycle. However, experience in the field also is increasingly demonstrating that positive results are maximized at least one parent is nurtured right along with their children. The solution: two-generation (“two-gen”) programs.

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.