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2017

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12/4/2017
What does it take to establish the savings habit?
Everyone knows it’s important to save for a “rainy day.” Emergencies happen: appliances break, cars sputter to a stop, jobs are lost. But many people find it difficult to start the savings habit when so many other desires and demands compete for scarce funds. How can nonprofits help? This blog post reports on the progress and lessons learned of a matched-savings partnership between NeighbborWorks America and EARN.
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12/1/2017
Value of the network: members from three states join to help Hurricane Harvey victims
When Hurricane Harvey hit, everyone knew the damage was so extensive that efforts of multiple organizations was needed. That's the advantage of a network like NeighborWorks America and its 240+ members. In this close-up look, one joint action is brought to life.
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11/27/2017
How community development can benefit from becoming ‘sustainable businesses’
In a supplement to the winter issue of the Stanford Social Innovation Review, NeighborWorks America experts dicuss why nonprofits must consider building for-profit lines of business that can support their community missions.
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11/20/2017
When crime is high, St. Louis member shows how to de-escalate tensions
Reducing crime isn’t just the job of the police; in fact, it’s often better for residents to get involved well before tensions escalate to that point. Better Family Life in St. Louis has developed a unique model that it says other communities can use to stop homicides and other crimes.
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11/13/2017
Lessons learned on the way to ‘smoke-free’
Rental developments across the country are increasingly going smoke-free, both for public-health reasons and to save money in maintenance costs. But how do you phase in such a policy with existing residents? Three NeighborWorks network members offer lessons learned.
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10/20/2017
Nonprofit-police partnerships are ‘untold’ good news
If one only reads the news, it’s easy to think that relations between local police and communities dominated by people of color are at a nadir. But at NeighborWorks’ recent Community Leadership Institute, it was clear member organizations are active players in making their reality a different one. 
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10/16/2017
Disaster ‘pro’ offers lessons learned
Samuel Sanders, Executive Director of the Mid City Redevelopment Alliance in Baton Rouge, Florida, has witnessed—and been personally involved with—three natural disasters that impacted his community. And now, he is being tapped for advice for those struggling in the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Marie. Here are some of his thoughts. 
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10/3/2017
Entrepreneur nation: Nonprofits help start-ups fuel the economy
Economists are blaming a slowdown in start-ups on the sluggishness of the recovery—and women owners are a big part of the solution. Read this blog post to learn what NeighborWorks network members have learned about how to help start-ups of all kinds survive those crucial first years.  
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9/29/2017
On the ground: a report from post-hurricane Houston
Many NeighborWorks America employees are working to help residents impacted by the hurricanes that have hit Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. In this blog post, one staff member writes about her volunteer service on the ground.
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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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