Research Report Measuring Community Needs, Capital Flows, and Capital Gaps
Brett Theodos, Eric Hangen, Carl Hedman, Brady Meixell
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This report is intended as a practical tool for those seeking to understand how capital does and does not flow to communities, businesses, and households. This can inform efforts by community developers to identify projects in need of financing, raise capital, and design and market new financial products and services. We provide a concise how-to guide across five approaches to assessing community need, a four-step process to study capital flows, and eleven approaches to determining capital gaps. To help ground this, we provide examples drawing from original data about the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and St. Paul, Minnesota.

Research Areas Economic mobility and inequality Wealth and financial well-being Nonprofits and philanthropy Neighborhoods, cities, and metros Race and equity Housing
Tags Capital flows Racial and ethnic disparities Federal urban policies Tracking the economy Multifamily finance Single-family finance Financial products and services Wealth inequality Public and private investment Racial inequities in neighborhoods and community development Impact investing
Policy Centers Metropolitan Housing and Communities Policy Center