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VIDEO | Fair Housing: What It Means and Why It Matters

Where a person lives matters—a ZIP Code can often predict a person's likely economic, health, education, and life outcomes. In this video, Raphael Bostic, president of the Atlanta Fed, discusses why fair housing matters, reflects on the legacy of housing discrimination, and describes the progress made to prevent housing discrimination and further fair housing as well as what remains to be done. The Fair Housing Act of 1968 made it illegal to discriminate in the sale or rental of housing, including against individuals seeking a mortgage or housing assistance, or in other housing-related activities, based on a person's race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, and disability. Yet 50 years after the passage of this landmark legislation, housing remains segregated by race and income in many neighborhoods across the United States. 

REGISTER NOW - Investing in America's Workforce - Webinar Series

The Federal Reserve Bank of Kansas City is hosting a three-part webinar series to promote the Federal Reserve System’s Investing in America’s Workforce initiative. Each webinar will feature authors and promote issues presented in one of the three volumes of the Investing in America’s Workforce book. The first webinar will take place on May 30 and features three authors in Volume 1: Investing in Workers.

Invested in Spanish/en Español: Community Voices Informing Policy and Practice in New England

Amplificando la Voz de los Trabajadores en una Economía en Constante Evolución, or in English, Amplifying Workers’ Voices in an Evolving Economy, is the second installment of Invested’s series on Many Roads to Quality Work. Translated for the benefit of Spanish-speaking workers, Amplificando la Voz discusses the history and future of worker representation, highlights emerging forms of empowerment for disenfranchised workers, and looks at ways that meaningful engagement of employees also benefits employers and communities.

The Digital Divide in Indian Country

Using recently released American Community Survey data, the Center for Indian Country Development (CICD) at the Minneapolis Fed provides the first evidence of the Digital Divide extending to Indian Country. The CICD finds that broadband access on reservations lags behind national averages, but also that some Native Nations have broadband access rates far higher than the national average. Increasing broadband access in Indian Country may lead to expanded economic opportunities.

Can Indian Country Housing Solutions Help Natives in Urban Areas?

In this blog post from the Center for Indian Country Development (CICD) at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, author and CICD Director Patrice Kunesh describes how an encampment in Minneapolis sheds light on homelessness, particularly in Indian Country.

Access: A Community Development Podcast from the Federal Reserve

This podcast asks community members and organizations across the U.S. about the challenges they are facing and solutions they’ve found for significant social issues like economic mobility, affordable housing, small business development and community reinvestment. Each episode showcases programs that help provide access to opportunity for low- and moderate-income individuals and families. The latest episode, "Access to Local Food Systems as a Rural Economic Driver," features an organization that bolsters regional agricultural enterprises to create jobs in rural areas. All episodes are available at accesspodcast.org or on iTunes, Stitcher and TuneIn.

Opportunity Zones: Understanding the Potential of the New Community Development Tax Incentive

This Connecting Communities® webinar highlighted the new Opportunity Zones tax incentive, which aims to drive long-term equity capital to distressed communities by providing tax benefits on investments in Opportunity Funds. Speakers provided details on how the tax incentive is expected to work and highlighted emerging national and local strategies to engage residents around how these funds are deployed in their communities. Presenters included Rachel Reilly, Director, Impact Investing, Enterprise Community Partners; Eric Robertson, President, Communtiy LIFT; and Amanda Roberts, Senior Community Development Analyst, Federal Reserve Board of Governors.

HMDA Data: A New Mortgage Lending Resource for Indian Country

Back in 2017, the Center for Indian Country Development (CICD) at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis released an online Reservation Profiles tool that provides demographic information about federally recognized American Indian tribes with populations of at least 2,500. In this CICD Blog post, read how the recent addition of Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data to the tool can enhance users' understanding of mortgage lending in Indian Country. 

Unemployment, Vacant Properties, Population Decline: Finding Solutions in Dayton

The Cleveland Fed toured Dayton, Ohio and heard from people who raised shared challenges: employers unable to fill jobs, vacant and abandoned housing, and population loss. What are people attempting to do to turn things around, and what’s working?

Manufactured-Home Lending to American Indians in Indian Country Remains Highly Concentrated

This blog post, published by the Center for Indian Country Development at the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis, discusses two lenders owned by Clayton Homes that finance a high share of manufactured homes bought by American Indians and Alaska Natives on or near American Indian reservations. 

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