Report The federal government has a long history of supporting the work of anchor institutions—entities, including universities and hospitals, that control vast economic, human, and intellectual resources. It has a vested interest in exploring strategies that harness anchors’ power to increase community revitalization and economic growth.
Today, the Obama administration announced the second round of Promise Zones applications. As leaders and groups come together to plan their applications, they must ensure their strategies to address poverty are community driven, comprehensive, systemic, and focused on outcomes.
Forty years after the Community Development Block Grant was established, the program continues to serve as an important tool in helping communities across the country tackle emerging challenges in affordable housing, infrastructure, and economic development.
Report President Obama and his State, Local, and Tribal Leaders Task Force on Climate Preparedness and Resilience have an opportunity to reduce extreme weather and other climate change risks to low-income families and to create resilient, safe, and equitable communities that will allow all Americans to prosper.
Report A child's zip code should not determine her destiny, but a growing body of research reveals that the community she grows up in affects her educational, health, and economic outcomes. This report provides an overview of the nation’s first five Promise Zones and their emerging insights and details recommendations for how the federal government can improve the initiative and its role as a partner in place-based work.
Report In our efforts to end homelessness, we must continue to provide affordable rental housing and comprehensive support to individuals and families facing poverty.
Report Superstorm Sandy is just the latest in a long line of natural disasters that have tested the resilience of low-income communities and exposed the underlying socioeconomic problems these communities face year round.
Though a new study shows that suburban poverty is on the rise, it is important to remember that urban poverty still persists across the nation.
Tracey Ross is a Senior Policy Analyst with the Poverty and Prosperity Program at American Progress. In this role, she focuses on place-based responses to fighting poverty. Prior to joining American Progress, she was a program associate at Living Cities where she worked on their signature effort, The Integration Initiative, supporting cities as they work […]