PROJECTPlace-Based Initiatives

Street in Bloomfield district, Pittsburgh PA

Place-based initiatives aim to improve quality of life and access to opportunity for people—particularly people of color and families with low incomes—who live in neighborhoods, cities, and rural communities experiencing disinvestment. This page collects Urban Institute research and resources on place-based initiatives, including impacts of community initiatives, theories and history of place-based work, documentation of national models, and implications for people’s geographic mobility.

Impact case studies
Theory and history
National scans
Residential mobility and neighborhood change in place-based work
Research Areas Neighborhoods, cities, and metros Race and equity Nonprofits and philanthropy Housing Wealth and financial well-being Health and health care Children and youth Crime, justice, and safety Social safety net
Tags Racial and ethnic disparities Community and economic development Racial inequities in neighborhoods and community development Foundations and philanthropy Federal urban policies Place-based initiatives Racial segregation Mobility Inequality and mobility Public health Schooling Social determinants of health Neighborhoods and youth development Racial equity in education Racial inequities in health Poverty Housing affordability Racial barriers to accessing the safety net Racial barriers to housing Racial and ethnic disparities in criminal justice
Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center Research to Action Lab Income and Benefits Policy Center
Research Methods Quantitative data analysis