Community Development

community development

The Federal Reserve Bank of Boston promotes economic growth in lower-income communities by convening stakeholders, conducting research, and identifying approaches that work. Our current areas of focus are to: 1) strengthen the prospects of smaller cities in New England; 2) promote household financial stability; 3) increase community development lending; and 4) promote equal access to housing resources.


An artistic drawing of an immigrant woman dipping her toe in a New Hampshire-shaped swimming pool.Communities & Banking
Summer 2015
Low- and moderate-income issues in New England
Children's Savings AccountsChildren's Savings Accounts
Improving the economic strength of lower-income people and communities in New England
New England City DataCity Data Profiles
A powerful, easy-to-use tool for viewing and analyzing local & regional census data
community outlook surveyNew England Community Outlook Survey
Economic and financial conditions of lower income communities in New England

Latest Publications

community development discussion paperThe Color of Wealth in Boston
Analysis of the economic well-being of several specific racial and ethnic groups by country of origin

News and Events

May 27, 2015
CRA for Community-Based Organizations: Partnering for Success

Through June 15, 2015
2015-2016 Visiting Scholar Positions
The Regional & Community Outreach Department seeks visiting scholars to contribute to research and policy efforts

March 26, 2015
The Color of Wealth in Boston
A discussion about the urgency of addressing inequality and providing opportunity for all

March 24, 2015
CRA for Community-Based Organizations: Partnering for Success
Community Reinvestment Act and partnership-building training for community organizations

2013 HMDA Data
Home Mortgage Disclosure Act data for New England offsite
Gateway to community development resources from all 12 Federal Reserve Banks and the Federal Reserve Board of Governors

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