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9/21/2017
Fighting a drug epidemic requires ‘all hands on deck’
What can community development nonprofits do to help prevent and alleviate the impact of substance abuse? A lot actually—as shown by these examples from network members across the country. 
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9/7/2017
Learn to anticipate and ‘leap forward’ after disasters
The news is awash with the damage wrought by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. But these natural disasters should not have surprised anyone; they are only the latest in a string of worsening weather events that is expected to continue.
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9/6/2017
Want to ready children for school success? Focus on parents too
​Numerous studies have documented that early childhood education and other forms of support are critical to social development, resilience, self-esteem and ability to learn throughout the lifecycle. However, experience in the field also is increasingly demonstrating that positive results are maximized when at least one parent is nurtured right along with their children. The solution: two-generation (“two-gen”) programs.
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8/18/2017
Community experts brainstorm financial inclusion
At the Philadelphia NeighborWorks Training Institute, both local and national experts came together to discuss and debate how to create and sustain more financial inclusion, allowing low-income households, new Americans and others often left behind to benefit from improvements in the economy. Read this blog post for some highlights of their take-aways.
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8/7/2017
Author calls for increased focus on America’s ‘middle neighborhoods’
Conversations about communities in need of attention typically center on distressed neighborhoods on the slide down or “hot” markets where gentrification is in danger of pushing out older, original residents. What’s missing from the strategy talks are “middle neighborhoods.”
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8/4/2017
Nonprofits put small-footprint homes to versatile use
The almost “faddish” rise of what has been called “tiny homes” is much in the media. On the ground, the small houses are being put to use both for alternatives to homelessness and affordable housing in tough markets for singles and couples. 
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7/28/2017
It pays to go all out when you go green
When Mutual Housing California decided being "green" was one of its core values, it approached its mission from all directions. And a guiding principle is to make sure that lower-income residents be able to fully enjoy the benefits.
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6/26/2017
Black women walk to reclaim health and streets
What can both help improve the health of black women and reclaim sidewalks for residents? It's an organization and campaign called GirlTrek, and several NeighborWorks network members are jumping on board. Read about what it is and how it works. 
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6/12/2017
Nonprofits explore fine line between good business practice and offering second chances
When social service agencies started telling NeighborWorks network member Aeon they couldn’t place some of their neediest clients in the Minneapolis nonprofit’s affordable housing developments, the organization decided to join with others in the area to explore how to be more inclusive. Read how the collaboration is taking an evidence-based approach to re-examining standards for tenants who are ex-offenders. 
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6/2/2017
How to leverage the arts community to energize an economy
Bankruptcies….Closed businesses…Declining jobs…Run-down neighborhoods. Network member HANDS in Orange, New Jersey, has found a winning response that leverages the arts to grow a more vibrant economy. It’s just one example of “creative placemaking” that is proving successful in cities and towns across the country.
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