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Publications - Community Development Resources

Seizing the Opportunity for Equitable Redevelopment

Nearly 10 years have passed since Hurricane Ike hit Galveston, Texas, yet many low- and moderate-income neighborhoods and affordable homes have not been rebuilt or replaced. The result is a community that is less economically diverse and more likely to face serious workforce challenges in the coming years. This new Dallas Fed report explores the impact of redevelopment efforts and gentrification on Galveston specifically, but the lessons learned can inform individuals and communities recovering from recent natural disasters across the U.S.

Community Pulse (December 2017)

This issue of the Community Pulse presents the findings from our 2017 survey. Amount of/and or access to affordable housing, skill level of local labor force and general poverty were the top three current issues in the fifth district.

5th District Footprint: The Opioid Epidemic iin the Fifth District

This issue of 5th District Footprint examines opioid prescription rates and drug overdose mortality rates in the Fifth District.

5th District Footprint: Debt-to-Income Ratio-Based Mortgage Denials in the Fifth District

In this issue of 5th District Footprint, the Richmond Fed examines the change in the percentage of mortgage denials based on the applicant’s debt-to-income ratio from 2013 to 2014 and from 2014 to 2015.

Concentrated Poverty in the Southeast: A Tale of Two Regions

How have patterns of concentrated poverty changed in the Southeast since the Great Recession? This article previews an Atlanta Fed paper that explores this question. 

Exploring Economic Trends in the Southeast

In September 2015, news headlines touted a large jump in U.S. household incomes. How did states and communities across the Southeast fare? Did they keep up with the national trend? This article uses recent U.S. Census Bureau data to provide a snapshot of the economic well-being of states across the Southeast

Minding the Gaps: Household Financial Stability in the Southeast

This article uses data from the Federal Reserve Board of Governors' 2015 Survey of Household Economics and Decisionmaking, or SHED, to examine the financial well-being of households across the Southeast in the aftermath of the Great Recession.

The Quest for Durable and Inclusive Economic Growth

Data show a persistent widening of income inequality in this country. How can communities establish economic growth that is both strong and inclusive? This article looks at a South Florida effort to improve prosperity for all and create a more resilient local economy. 

Uneven Opportunity: Variation in Employers' Educational Preferences for Middle-Skills Jobs

Opportunity occupations are jobs that pay more than the national median annual wage, as adjusted by local cost of living, and are generally accessible to workers without a college degree. As such, they provide crucial opportunities for middle-skill workers to enter the middle class. This article spotlights research findings that show that where workers live has a significant impact on the availability and accessibility of well-paying jobs that do not require a bachelor's degree. 

Understanding Heirs' Properties in the Southeast

Heirs' properties are parcels of land inherited by descendants of a previous owner who did not leave a will. This type of ownership is widespread in the Southeast and disproportionately found in low-income ethnic and racial minority families. This article examines the social and economic issues associated with these properties. 


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