Reports

Reports

The Mel King Institute report library houses research reports and policy briefs relevant to the community development sector from organizations all over the country.

  • Author: PAHRC | Year: 2017
    Description:

    The 2017 PAHRC report examines the ways in which housing can shape resiliency and boost sustainability for individuals and the communities in which they live. It finds that investment in federal housing programs leverage dollars to combat poverty, promote economic mobility for low-income families, save money for communities, and stimulate economic growth. Research presented in this report suggests that investing in affordable housing programs can also improve the economic, social, and environmental sustainability of places and build the resiliency of many low-income families to poverty. To help communities leverage their investments effectively, the report also documents tools community leaders can use to empower low-income families to reach their full potential and improve their community’s path towards sustainability.  

  • Author: Arup | Year: 2017
    Description:

    The report demonstrates the significant social, economic, environmental and political benefits of walking. The health benefits of walking are well-known, an active lifestyle dramatically reduces the likelihood of chronic disease. But there is so much to be gained from encouraging walkability. A walkable city improves mental health, reduces inequality, attracts inward investment, it improves urban micro-climates. As you can see from the illustration below, these are just a few of the 50 benefits we have identified when walking is placed at the heart of urban mobility.

  • Author: Photography by Lydia Thompson & Writing by Alexandra Tilsley | Year: 2017
    Description:

    A new photo essay depicts life for families served by The Connection’s supportive housing for families program. Before the program, clients’ children had risked foster care placement.

  • Author: Solidarity Economy Initiative | Year: 2017
    Description:

    A new report released by the Solidarity Economy Initiative examines eight cases across lower-income communities of color in Massachusetts. Authors Penn Loh and Sarah Jimenez find that aspirations for transformation are spreading from Springfield and Worcester to Lynn and Boston. Communities are organizing to resist and reform the current system, while building alternatives that go beyond capitalism. They are incubating worker-owned coops, community land trusts, and community-controlled capital. They are modeling an economy and democratic governance based on collective care and putting people and planet over profit. Communities are dreaming big, of building regional ecosystems that can scale up transformative impacts.