Did the Pandemic Deepen Racial and Ethnic Inequities among Small Business Owners? Data Limitations Make It Hard to Say.

Regardless of whether COVID-19 worsened the racial and ethnic disparities in small business ownership and health, federal policymakers have options to address them.

Financial Coaching Emerges as a Vital Support during the Pandemic

Financial coaches can help clients navigate economic uncertainty and lessen COVID-19's threats to their well-being.

Disinvestment in Baltimore’s Black Neighborhoods Is Foreboding but Reversible

New research finds that Baltimore’s disparities in neighborhood investment are alarming, and capital investments flow unevenly across the city.

The Opportunity Zone Incentive Isn’t Living Up to Its Equitable Development Goals. Here Are Four Ways to Improve It

Federal policymakers could alter and expand the incentive to help it spur truly equitable development.

We need to know more about block grant programs to improve them

Proposed for elimination, the Community Development Block Grant has been a major source of flexible funds aimed at helping low-income people.

Three ways the Great Lakes region can find home-grown solutions to its challenges

Political rhetoric on the Great Lakes has portrayed the region as a victim of global forces, but the region’s recovery depends on investments in its strengths.

Everyone benefits when the financial sector serves people with volatile income

Each year, roughly one in four American families will face an “income shock,” like losing a job or experiencing a sudden health or work limitation.

Financially insecure residents can cost cities millions

In findings released today, the Urban Institute examines the cost of residents’ financial insecurity to city budgets in 10 American cities.

What community developers can learn from the Dakota Access Pipeline protests

The controversy is part of a long narrative of land policies explicitly connected to tribal identity and socioeconomic opportunity.

Four ideas for strengthening the finances of community development financial institutions

Demand for the financial services offered by community development financial institutions is growing, but CDFIs must strengthen their finances.