Blog Post Ratna Gill & Jeff Raderstrong on Dec 14, 2016

New Fund Creates a Path for Employment Opportunity in New Orleans 

The BuildNOLA Mobilization Fund will allow small businesses to grow their capacity and benefit from the numerous projects happening around New Orleans, ultimately helping to place more African-Americ…

Blog Post Eric Letsinger & Mark Kim on Dec 13, 2016

The Story Behind the World’s First Environmental Impact Bond 

Intrigued by the potential of the Pay For Success model, two organizations partnered to creatively apply the model to the vexing social and health challenges of green infrastructure.

Blog Post Tynesia Boyea-Robinson on Dec 12, 2016

Video: Preparing and Connecting Communities to Employment 

Watch excerpts from an expert discussion about promising employment practices that help low-income people get on a path to economic security.

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Lee Sheehy 

Lee Sheehy is director of the Region & Communities program at The McKnight Foundation.

Blog Post Patrick McCarthy on Nov 30, 2016

Connecting Our Youths to Our Collective Future 

To ensure that all young people become productive adults, we need to actively seek out, identify and confront policies and behaviors that – intentionally or not – sideline youth of color from pathway…

Blog Post Jill Nishi on Nov 30, 2016

Opening the Bridge to Opportunity through Education 

Our work to date has taught us the imperative of deep and deliberate engagement with educators—particularly teachers—but also parents and communities, as full partners in achieving our shared goals o…

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The New Geographers: How Detroiters Are Mapping a Better Future for the City 

Blog Post Nancy Zimpher on Nov 30, 2016

The State University of New York: Executing Change to Drive Collective Impact 

Driven by our core mission to provide every New Yorker with the opportunity for a world-class higher education, we at SUNY have taken on a challenge. We have committed to becoming the change leader N…

Blog Post Dr. Michael Lomax on Nov 30, 2016

Connecting Students of Color to 21st Century Job Market Demands  

Public schools are no longer legally segregated, but de facto segregation—segregation caused by housing patterns—is greater today than it was a half century ago, and research shows that schools with …

Blog Post Steven Bosacker on Nov 28, 2016

Realizing the Innovation Dividend 

What makes a high-performing city government?

Blog Post Ben Hecht on Nov 17, 2016

#BensTake: Reflections on the 2016 Election 

Living Cities' CEO offers questions and initial reflections on what the election means for low-income people in America’s cities, and what it means for our work.

Blog Post Angela Glover Blackwell on Nov 16, 2016

Beyond Affordable Housing: Creating Opportunities in Every Community  

Fresh ideas, new collaborations, and important policy changes are advancing affordable housing as a platform for connecting residents to opportunity. However, re-thinking affordable housing without m…

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Leah Hendey 

Leah Hendey, a Research Associate at the Urban Institute, has focused on a range of policy issues including the foreclosure crisis, performance measurement, child care, child obesity, and city indicators. Projects that involve contextual analyses us…

Blog Post Terri Ludwig on Nov 16, 2016

Opportunity Begins at Home: How the Last 25 Years in Affordable Housing Can Inf… 

We can’t simply do more of the same if we hope to wrestle down the housing affordability crisis. Fortunately, over the last 25 years we’ve learned some valuable lessons, and they point to how we can …

Blog Post Raphael Bostic on Nov 16, 2016

The Black History of Housing in America: How the Dream Was Deferred 

Understanding the persistent black-white wealth gap requires an analysis of decades-old policies. Learning from our history can help us change the future.

Blog Post Andrew Plepler on Nov 16, 2016

Finding a New Approach to Partnerships Key for the Next 25 Years 

We’ve learned from challenges and recognize that partnerships, education, and a greater role by the private sector is needed to address a more sustainable approach to housing for diverse communities

Blog Post Michael Rizer on Nov 16, 2016

Homeownership as a Tool to Build Wealth 

Private/public/nonprofit partnerships will remain critical to building healthy neighborhoods and thriving cities in the future.

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Brandee McHale 

Brandee joined Citi in 1991 and has a long history in both business management and philanthropy. Before joining the Citi Foundation, she served as the Director of Operations for Citi Community Capital. Earlier assignments included a series of increa…

Blog Post Eileen Neely & Elizabeth Reynoso on Nov 15, 2016

Pay for Success: To Invest or Not to Invest? Identifying a Government Champion 

Although we were initially drawn to Pay for Success as an innovative way to use capital, we quickly realized that PFS can drive public sector innovation as well. A government champion is critical for…

Blog Post Robert DelCampo on Nov 10, 2016

2 + 1 + 2 = A Pipeline for Education  

A new hope has emerged in Albuquerque on increasing college completion rates and providing opportunities for low-income students