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    Urban supports the Arlington Community Foundation as a learning partner in the implementation of a guaranteed-income pilot that seeks to position housing grant recipients for economic mobility. Our work centers on tracing the origins and motivations of the pilot and understanding its intersection with other initiatives to boost shared prosperity in Arlington County. Urban is also capturing lessons from other SP2 cities that pair cash transfers and housing strategies to inform future policy and practice.


    Urban supports the Chicago Community Trust’s efforts to advance progress on a key organizational priority to close racial and ethnic wealth gaps. Our work examines how well lending and financial institutions meet the needs of Chicago borrowers with low incomes and borrowers of color across small-business and mortgage lending.


    As part of an ongoing partnership with the Fresno DRIVE initiative, Urban is helping the Central Valley Community Foundation and its partners develop a Prosperity Coaching Pilot to build wealth for neighborhoods of color in Fresno County.

    Kansas City and Milwaukee

    Urban assesses capital flows for downtown revitalization efforts in Milwaukee and analyzes small-business lending ecosystems in Kansas City. Our work aims to help leaders expand access to capital for small-business owners and entrepreneurs from communities that have historically been denied capital.


    Urban provides strategic advice and research support for Louisville’s efforts to advance racial equity and environmental justice through zoning and land development code reforms. Drawing on available data and the experiences of communities around the country, we deliver insights on zoning reform and evidence-informed strategies for successful implementation of reforms.