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1. Between Hope and Hard Times in NYC (external link)
Abstract: This report explores the current demographics of poor people in New York City. It contains data on who these individuals and families are, as well as related documentation on education and skills training, economic development, and policies that support low-income workers.
Resource Type: Article



2. Building Self-Sufficient Families: Steps to Economic Independence in the District of Columbia (external link)
Abstract: The Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area Self-Sufficiency Standard1 measures how much income working adults in the District of Columbia and its surrounding suburbs need to meet their basic needs and those of their families.
Resource Type: Article



3. Can Financial Literacy Enhance Asset Building? (external link)
Abstract: Even when incentives to save and invest are strong, many low- and moderate-income families lack the basic knowledge to manage their income wisely, build wealth, and avoid excessive debt. This brief examines financial literacy research and programs to improve financial knowledge and decision-making. While research suggests that existing programs do make a difference in financial behavior, data collection and policy concerns make financial literacy a fertile ground for further development as part of an asset-building agenda.
Resource Type: Article



4. Community Mapping Assistance Project (CMAP) (external link)
Abstract: This website helps activists and social-justice organizations design maps to both learn more about their communities, and for presenting information to others. There are examples of maps they've made, useful tips to making your own maps, and information about how to partner with them.
Resource Type: Website



5. Economic and Analysis Research Center (EARN) (external link)
Abstract: The Economic Analysis and Research Network (EARN) links groups that conduct and disseminate research, develop policy and advocate on a range of issues, including wages and benefits, incomes, jobs, unemployment, workforce and economic development, minimum and living wages, Social Security, education, tax and budget, and health care.
Resource Type: Website



6. Getting Ahead: New Approaches to Generating Jobs and Opportunities for Residents of Low Income Communities (external link)
Abstract: This paper looks at how many low income community organizations are trying new strategies to increase the number of good jobs in their region’s economies and connect low income residents to these jobs
Resource Type: Article



7. Gulf Families' Recovery at Risk (external link)
Abstract: This article looks at the problems with Bush cutting the Davis-Bacon act after Hurricane Katrina
Resource Type: Article



8. Jobs: Some Organizing Strategies (external link)
Abstract: This paper focuses on the types of issues and policies that can be the subject of campaigns by grassroots community groups taking on issues of jobs, targeted hiring, and improved wages and benefits.
Resource Type: Article



9. Minority Business Development Agency (external link)
Abstract: Government website, contains information on starting and financing small businesses. Also contains data on minority-owned businesses around the country, youth entreprenuership, and local links.
Resource Type: Website



10. Neighborhood Economic Development Advocacy Project (external link)
Abstract: NEDAP is a resource and advocacy center that works with community groups to promote financial justice in NYC's low income and of color communities. Website contains maps, editorials, policy and position papers, fact sheets, etc.
Resource Type: Website



11. Poverty and Race Research Action Council (external link)
Abstract: PRACC's mission is to generate, gather, and disseminate information on the relationship between race and poverty. The website contains original articles, publications for download, links to other sites, and an online copy of their monthly newsletter.
Resource Type: Website



12. Providing the Missing Link: A Model for a Neighborhood-Focused Employment Program (external link)
Abstract: This new report, written by Wendy Fleischer and Julie Dressner for the Casey Foundation, provides a model for a neighborhood-focused workforce development strategy. With dual goals of increasing residents' employment and income, as well as increasing the quantity and quality of career opportunities, the strategy outlined in this document helps bridge the gap between low-income neighborhoods and regional workforce development programs.
Resource Type: Article



13. Restaurant Hiring May Lead the Way to Wider Job Gains (internal link)
Abstract: This article looks at the increase of restaurants and restaurant jobs, including fancy establishments and fast food chains. It also explores benefits offered to restaurant workers, and the finances of running such a business.
Resource Type: Article



14. Six Strategies for Family Economic Self-Sufficiency (external link)
Abstract: e project provides resources and technical assistance to community-based advocates and states on human resource investment policies to help move families out of poverty. The website contains strategies and proposals and a library of relevant online material and links, and seeks to connect the Family Economic Self-Sufficiency Project to a wide audience
Resource Type: Website



15. The E.F. Schumacher Society (external link)
Abstract: The society runs programs that demonstrate that both social and environmental sustainability can be achieved by applying the values of human-scale communities and respect for the natural environment to economic issues. They work to link people, land and communities by building local economies. Website contains information about their work, resources, links, etc.
Resource Type: Website



16. The High Cost of Being Poor: Another Perspective on Helping Low-Income Families Get By and Get Ahead (external link)
Abstract: The following pages examines the issue —The High Cost of Being Poor—in greater depth and highlight how states and communities are implementing numerous programs to address the problem.
Resource Type: Article



17. The Impact of Community Development Corporations on Urban Neighborhoods (external link)
Abstract: Supporters of urban revitalization have relied on community development corporations (CDCs) to carry a major share of the front-line burden. This research presents new evidence that these community-controlled, market-responsive organizations can indeed spark a chain reaction of investment. Advanced econometric analysis shows that CDC residential and commercial investments have led to increases in property values--the single-best measure of neighborhood improvement--as great as 69 percent higher than they would have been otherwise. To achieve these results, CDCs did more than just develop projects; they also brought business people, civic organizations, and public agencies into the neighborhood improvement process.
Resource Type: Article



18. Voices from the Empowerment Zones: Insights about Launching Large-Scale Community Revitilization Initiatives (external link)
Abstract: This report looks at the work done by Empowerment Zones, including where they have been successful and what their key challenges have been in providing employment for low income workers.
Resource Type: Article



19. Wider Opportunities for Women (external link)
Abstract: WOW works nationally and in Washington DC to build pathways to economic independence for America's families, women, and girls. Their website contains position papers, fact sheets, maps, and detailed policy analysis that promote their mission described above.
Resource Type: Website



20. Work4Women (external link)
Abstract: Work for women provides tools, strategies, and a virtual community to help increase women and girls' integration and retention in high-wage jobs that are considered nontraditional for women.
Resource Type: Website




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