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Creating Safe and Healthy Living Environments for Low-Income Families

A man walks past a blighted building in Baltimore book_alt2 icon Report Given how central homes and communities are to people’s lives, federal and local leaders must work to ensure low-income families live in environments that are conducive to their success.

by Tracey Ross, Chelsea Parsons, Rebecca Vallas | Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Forfeiting the American Dream

Beonca Williams crosses the street with her 1-year-old son book_alt2 icon Report Reform is urgently needed to prevent civil asset forfeiture abuses from undermining public efforts to cut poverty and boost opportunity.

by Rebecca Vallas, Tracey Ross, Todd A. Cox, Jamal Hagler, Billy Corriher | Friday, April 1, 2016

Lessons from Flint: The Case for Investing in the Building Blocks of Communities of Color

Flint River article icon Issue Brief Increased public investment in housing, health, infrastructure, and education initiatives would improve outcomes for communities of color and help avoid disasters such as what recently occurred in Flint, Michigan.

by Tracey Ross and Danyelle Solomon | Thursday, March 3, 2016

Utilizing National Service as a 21st Century Workforce Strategy for Opportunity Youth

Volunteers are sworn into the AmeriCorps national service program. book_alt2 icon Report Expanding national service programs to create first jobs and on-the-job training slots for opportunity youth and other disadvantaged workers is an important workforce strategy.

by Tracey Ross, Shirley Sagawa, Melissa Boteach | Tuesday, March 1, 2016

Protecting America from Racism in the Water

A Flint resident carries free waterThe Flint water crisis highlights the continuing disparities that people of color face in finding access to fair housing and healthy communities.

by Danyelle Solomon and Tracey Ross | Wednesday, February 3, 2016

An Opportunity Agenda for Renters

A luxury rental building in New York City book_alt2 icon Report The United States needs a two-pronged approach to housing policy that supports residential mobility to high opportunity areas and promotes reinvestment in economically impoverished neighborhoods.

by David Sanchez, Tracey Ross, Julia Gordon | Wednesday, December 16, 2015

Hurricane Katrina: Ten Years Later

On TalkPoverty Radio, hosts Rebecca Vallas and Tracey Ross shine a light on the effects of extreme weather, racial inequality, and poverty.

by Tracey Ross and Rebecca Vallas | Friday, August 28, 2015

Por qué las comunidades agrícolas son clave en cómo California responde a su sequía

Las comunidades de color y de bajos ingresos que viven en comunidades tribales, rurales y agrícolas en el estado de California están enfrentándose a altas tasas de desempleo, el acceso limitado y costoso al agua segura y asequible, y la inseguridad alimentaria, como consecuencia de la sequía de California.

by Wendy Ortiz and Tracey Ross | Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Remembering Katrina in the #BlackLivesMatter Movement

While an extreme weather event, such as a flood, heat wave, or hurricane, may seem like an equal opportunity force of destruction, in reality, these events exacerbate the underlying injustices that exist in our communities year round.

by Tracey Ross | Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Urban Progress: Lessons from CAP’s Roundtable on Expanding Opportunity in America’s Urban Areas

A western view of the skyline of the city of Detroit.A recent CAP roundtable discussion highlighted the need for investments in and further conversations about urban areas and low-income communities.

by Tracey Ross | Tuesday, May 26, 2015

The Case for a Two-Generation Approach for Educating English Language Learners

A mother reads with her children book_alt2 icon Report Policymakers must support strategies for English language instruction that consider the needs of immigrant adults and children together in order to ensure families achieve greater economic and academic success and the ability to fully participate in society.

by Tracey Ross | Wednesday, May 6, 2015

A Framework for State-Level Promise Zones

Baltimore book_alt2 icon Report State leaders can adopt the Promise Zones model to support innovative localities as they work to address concentrated poverty.

by Tracey Ross and Melissa Boteach | Thursday, December 11, 2014

Eds, Meds, and the Feds

Johns Hopkins book_alt2 icon 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.

by Tracey Ross | Friday, October 24, 2014

4 Things Communities Must Do to Become Promise Zones

President Obama Promise ZonesToday, 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.

by Tracey Ross | Friday, September 19, 2014

Community Development Block Grant Program: 40 Years of Building Stronger Communities

constructionForty 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.

by Tracey Ross | Thursday, August 21, 2014