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Oscar Perry Abello

15 November 2018

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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In Chicago, where seasons as well as subpar local investment in the South Side limit children’s ability to play outside year-round, the new Pullman Community Center is a huge improvement. Beyond fostering recreational...

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Oscar Perry Abello

22 October 2018

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Community development groups are working closely with "middle neighborhoods" - areas "that aren't distressed today, but they may become so sooner than anyone expects." From Cleveland to Milwaukee to Chicago, CDCs are ...

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Oscar Perry Abello

28 September 2018

Montgomery, Alabama, United States

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Hope Credit Union has a mission: serving mostly black, marginalized communities in the South whose capital was historically displaced through slavery. In 2017, the credit union gave out $100 million in loans. ‘That to...

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Oscar Perry Abello

14 August 2018

Portland, Oregon, United States

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A unique financial set up in Portland has led to the creation of the East Portland Community Investment Trust, in which residents in four local zip codes can invest small amounts of money into local projects, specific...

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Oscar Perry Abello

6 August 2018

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

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Financial Empowerment Centers work with clients to help them build savings, improve credit scores, and take full advance of assistance programs. While the daily demands of poverty often create an inability to plan for...

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Oscar Perry Abello

11 July 2018

Little Rock, Arkansas, United States

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Southern Bancorp is a regional bank based in Little Rock, Arkansas and is a member of the Global Alliance for Banking on Values. Founded after the financial crisis in 2009, the Alliance shows that values-based banks, ...

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Oscar Perry Abello

25 June 2018

Fresno, California, United States

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Community foundations have a new way to invest their funds: they can opt to invest in community projects, such as credit unions, as opposed to more traditional financial investments. The Self-Help Federal Credit Union...

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Oscar Perry Abello

5 June 2018

Chester, Pennsylvania, United States

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Investment from large foundations can often compromise an organization's vision or tie an organization up in debt. In working with major funders, organizers in Chester, Pennsylvania were careful to select funders that...

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Oscar Perry Abello

6 December 2017

New York, United States

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The Regional Plan Association is a research and urban planning organization. They are deeply influential in the urban planning in the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut metropolitan area. The regional planning process ...

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6 September 2017

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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At the old site of Pullman railroad cars, Chicago has found some creative ways to foster development. A community bank created Chicago Neighborhood Initiatives, which uses neighborhood input to decide which projects t...

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21 June 2017

Chicago, Illinois, United States

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In Chicago, like other cities, there is a shortage of services and housing for homeless youth. One developer is addressing the problem by building permanent supportive housing with comprehensive services for those bet...

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Oscar Perry Abello

25 April 2017

San Francisco, California, United States

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The startup Neighborly is making municipal bonds feel relevant. Rather than investing in a “muni” bond indirectly through a retirement fund, individuals can now directly purchase these bonds and target the money to ar...

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1 March 2017

New York, New York, United States

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Habitat for Humanity, best known for its work building houses, is now working to become a Community Development Financial Institution in New York. The city has a history of buildings owned as cooperatives. However, a ...

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