Subject: Resources

  • The 7 Special Challenges of Branding For Community Development Financial Institutions

    Creative Brand Communications (CBC) has published new white paper called “The 7 Special Challenges of Branding For Community Development Financial Institutions—And What to Do About Them [Constructive Feedback From A Passionate, Concerned Newcomer].”

    In the white paper, CBC presents seven reasons why CDFIs have additional, unique branding and marketing challenges that traditional financial services organizations don’t face.  more

  • Sustaining and Expanding the Market: The Public Purpose of the Federal Housing Administration

    A new report by the UNC Center for Community Capital puts the Federal Housing Agency’s financial outlook in perspective and cautions against knee-jerk policy reactions that could undermine recovery of both the agency and the nation’s fragile housing market.

    “FHA has operated successfully for 80 years and plays a vital role in filling gaps in America’s housing market left by the private market,” says report co-author and center director Roberto G. Quercia. “Great damage can be done by fixing something that‘s not broken or making policy decisions that fail to consider the facts of FHA’s financial condition in the broader context of its public purpose and value.”  more

  • New Book Explores Development of Modern Credit Union Movement

    A new book explores the transformation of many American credit unions from small, limited service institutions run largely by volunteers to today’s full-service, professionally staffed institutions serving more than 90 million members.  more

  • Living Apart: How the Government Betrayed a Landmark Civil Rights Law

    In a recent article, ProPublica’s Nikole Hannah-Jones reports on the Department of Housing & Urban Development’s failure to enforce the Fair Housing Act.  more

  • NYU Furman Center Releases Policy Brief on LIHTC Program Tenants

    An analysis by NYU’s Furman Center for Real Estate and Urban Policy and its Moelis Institute for Affordable Housing Policy finds that the Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) program serves a substantial number of households with incomes far lower than the program requires. Forty percent of LIHTC units house extremely low-income (ELI) households with incomes below 30 percent of the area median income, even though program rules allow the developments to serve households with incomes up to 60 percent of the area median income.  more

  • Report: Housing and Transportation Costs Outpace Incomes

    The combined costs of housing and transportation in the nation’s largest 25 metro areas have swelled by 44 percent since 2000 while incomes have failed to keep pace, according to a new report from the Center for Housing Policy more

  • CSH Report Identifies Supportive Housing Development Strategies

    CSH report examines the strategies housing credit agencies adopted to foster and encourage supportive housing development within Qualified Allocation Plans for the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit. more

  • Urban Institute Report Examines Ohio Reentry Program

    A new report out of the Urban Institute’s Justice Policy Center examines The Returning Home—Ohio pilot program, a reentry program intended to link prisoners with disabilities who have a history or risk of housing instability to supportive housing as they are released to the community
    are released to the community more

  • Foreclosure Crisis Continues to Hurt Renters

    A new report from the National Low Income Housing Coalition Renters shows that the number of renters affected by foreclosure has tripled in just the last three years. Those numbers, the report finds, remain disproportionately high in African-American neighborhoods, particularly in foreclosures of multifamily rental properties. more

  • Building Futures: Creating More Family Supportive Housing in New York City

    A new paper co-authored by Enterprise, the Corporation for Supportive Housing, and the Supportive Housing Network of New York proposes solutions for overcoming barriers to development to make more supportive housing in New York City. more