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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. 

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 or on iTunes, Stitcher and TuneIn.

Engaging Strategic Partners in Community Development

At the South Carolina Association for Community Economic Development (SCACED) Capacity Building Workshop in Walterboro, South Carolina, community partners came together to look at how small, rural municipalities can develop their communities and improve their economies.

Virginia: Highlights from Abingdon

This article highlights the 8th consecutive gathering of the Appalachian Funders Network (AFN). Foundations and grant makers met in Central Appalachia to participate in a working meeting about aligning their investment resources.

Community Reinvestment Act Video

The following video presents information on the Small Bank and Intermediate Small Bank CRA Examination. The Community Reinvestment Act encourages depository institutions to help meet the credit needs of the communities in which they operate, including low- and moderate-income neighborhoods, consistent with safe and sound operations.

Equitable Transit-Oriented Development: Increasing Connectivity and Mobility for All

Check out this Connecting Communities® webinar from August 20, 2015, and hear from national experts who explore models of communities achieving equitable growth around transit, including projects that have improved connectivity to quality housing, jobs, education and health care. Speakers, including Dan Bartholomay of Rail~Volution, Brian Prater of Low-Income Investment Fund (LIIF) and Shelley Poticha of Natural Resources Defense Council, share the latest equitable transit-oriented development (ETOD) policy framework, summarize emerging research, and discuss financing ETOD projects, including how to fill funding gaps by cultivating new public-private partnerships.

Expanding Access to Healthy Food: New Data, New Ideas, New Directions

Roughly 30 million Americans live in communities without adequate access to healthy food. This Connecting Communities® webinar offers fresh perspectives on understanding and addressing food-access issues. Experts include Shelly Ver Ploeg, Senior Economist, U.S.D.A.; Mark Kudlowitz, Director of Programs and Native Initiatives, U.S Dept. of the Treasury; and Yael Lehmann, Executive Director, The Food Trust.

Connecting our Communities: Innovation at Work

The Richmond Fed's Community Development office presented a five-person panel breakout session at the 30th Annual Emerging Issues Forum in Raleigh, North Carolina. Panelists explored innovations for Community Development Corporations, rural communities and funding initiatives.

Financing our Market and Community Innovations

During the “Financing our Market and Community Innovation” panel, participants shared the latest innovations in investment and financing communities and small businesses, including innovative ways to raise, deploy and facilitate capital to meet local community economic goals that align with investor goals and objectives and provide a direct return on their investments.The panel was presented at the 30th Annual Emerging Issues Forum in Raleigh, North Carolina.


Competition to Incentivize Community Change: Working Cities Challenge

Massachusetts' Working Cities Challenge seeks to spur collaborative leadership in the state's smaller cities and help improve low-income residents' quality of life. Prabal Chakrabarti, from the Boston Fed, and Jessica Andors, from Lawrence Community Works, discuss the initiative in an Economic Development podcast from June 2014.


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