Communities & Banking

Spring 2014 Spring 2014

Communities & Banking | 2014 Series |Spring 2014

Business Loans to Low-Income Entrepreneurs

Nonprofit lenders are removing the barriers to loan capital for lower-income entrepreneurs who are starting or growing businesses.

by Martin Hahn

Communities & Banking | 2014 Series |Spring 2014

Collaborating to Revitalize Human and Wildlife Communities Along the Penobscot

Unlikely partners join forces to restore depleted sea-run fisheries while maintaining hydropower on New England's second-largest river.

by John Banks and Laura Rose Day

Communities & Banking | 2014 Series |Spring 2014

Debt-Buyer Lawsuits and Inaccurate Data

Advocates for lower-income families need to be aware that many debt buyers are suing the wrong people, and for the wrong amounts.

by Peter Hollands

Communities & Banking | 2014 Series |Spring 2014

by Caroline Ellis

Communities & Banking | 2014 Series |Spring 2014

Making Smarter Decisions about Higher Education

Decisions about higher education are among the most important that young people make, but many students need better information if they are to match their choices to their aspirations.

by Stephanie Owen and Isabel Sawhill

Communities & Banking | 2014 Series |Spring 2014

Moving to Self-Sufficiency

A revitalized Family Self-Sufficiency program helps families in subsidized housing increase their earnings, build assets, reduce reliance on public assistance, and become financially secure.

by Sherry Riva

Communities & Banking | 2014 Series |Spring 2014

Resident-Owned Mobile-Home Parks in Maine

Helping owners of manufactured housing become owners of the land, too, can be challenging, and collaborations are essential.

by Jane Irish

Communities & Banking | 2014 Series |Spring 2014

The Scourge of Dropping Out

Keeping truants in school requires broad collaboration—and a willingness on the part of all concerned to ask, Am I part of the problem?

by Victoria Fahlberg

Communities & Banking | 2014 Series |Spring 2014

Viewpoint: The Self-Sufficiency Challenge

Housing programs to help people in poverty have myriad benefits, but don't expect them to accomplish what historically only large-scale structural changes have accomplished.

by Erin Michelle Graves