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How Will Affordable Rental Housing Be Preserved?
Affordable rental housing for low- and moderate-income individuals and families is increasingly scarce. Housing finance agencies, nonprofits, and policymakers agree that existing affordable rental housing must be preserved despite formidable complex obstacles in achieving this goal. This article focuses on challenges in rental housing preservation and discusses the programs and perspectives of the Pennsylvania Housing Finance Agency (PHFA), the New Jersey Housing and Mortgage Finance Agency (HMFA), and the Delaware State Housing Authority (DSHA).
Workforce Development: Engaging Employers
Leaders of a community college, the YouthBuild charter school, and a public career and technical institute speaking on a Reinventing Our Communities conference panel addressed the need to forge stronger connections between high school and postsecondary education or employment, especially for ?opportunity youth? who are neither employed nor in school
Intermediaries Play Key Role in Expanding Apprenticeships
Many government and foundation leaders believe that intermediaries are needed to expand the level of apprenticeship activity in the U.S. This article provides context for the increased attention on intermediaries and examines the model and track record of the Vermont Healthcare and Information Technology Education Center, better known as Vermont HITEC, a leading apprenticeship intermediary.
Nonprofit Focuses on Employment Training and Business and Community Development
Impact Services Corporation, located in Philadelphia?s Kensington neighborhood, is one of the largest nonprofit providers of employment and training services in Pennsylvania. However, Impact is unusual among nonprofits in this field because it works closely with area businesses and creates jobs through community development projects and Impact-owned businesses
D2D Tests Innovations on Prize-Linked Savings, Mobile Phone Applications, and Prepaid Cards for Financially Vulnerable Consumers
The Doorways to Dreams (D2D) Fund, a 15-year-old nonprofit headquartered in the Boston area, designs and develops innovations that strengthen the financial opportunity and security of financially vulnerable consumers. D2D?s innovations have included work on prize-linked savings (PLS),1 phone applications, and prepaid cards. D2D has also developed Financial Entertainment, a suite of casual video games that teach financial concepts. Cascade asked Timothy Flacke, executive director of D2D, about the organization?s latest work.
New CDFI Community Investment Fund
The Opportunity Finance Network (OFN) and Woodforest National Bank (NB), based near Houston, TX, created a new fund in early 2017 to provide equity-equivalent investments to community development financial institutions (CDFIs) in Woodforest NB?s 17-state region, which includes Pennsylvania
Delaware Financial Education Program Enlists State Agencies, Nonprofits, and Businesses
Stand by Me (SBM), a four-year-old program created to educate Delaware residents about personal finance and motivate them to achieve financial goals, is currently being implemented by four state agencies, seven nonprofits, and about 50 businesses. The program, which is a joint initiative of the Delaware Department of Health and Social Services and the United Way of Delaware, has the support of Delaware Governor Jack Markell ? a longtime proponent of financial education.
Mt. Airy: A Legacy of Intentional Integration
Mt. Airy, a Philadelphia community nationally recognized for its community building and organizing efforts to create and maintain racial integration, was the subject of a tour offered as part of the Reinventing Our Communities conference in Philadelphia in September. This article summarizes some key features of these intentional integration efforts in Mt. Airy and contains current perspectives from two residents
What Makes Cities Resilient?
How older industrial cities can become resilient cities was the focus of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia?s fifth biennial Reinventing Older Communities conference, which was attended by over 430 community development leaders from nonprofits, banks, foundations, government agencies, and businesses from 24 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and Canada.
BankWork$ Gives Underemployed Residents Access to Entry-Level Banking Positions
Low-income residents facing employment barriers are obtaining entry-level job opportunities in the banking industry through a program launched 10 years ago in Los Angeles. The program, BankWork$, is undergoing a planned national replication.