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: Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco | Year: 2017
    Description:

    This issue of the Community Development Investment Review celebrates and builds on the themes of What Works and explores innovations and lessons learned from cross-sector practice across a range of issues. The first section begins with reflections from some of the original authors and early adopters of What Works. It then examines two place-based, multi-site initiatives designed to strengthen collaborative leadership and effect systems change and also highlights innovative approaches from across the country, such as addressing displacement in LA’s Little Tokyo, supporting people in reentry from prison, seeding innovation in rural Maine, and the new frontier of healthy communities efforts.

    The second section of this issue presents case study profiles of “community quarterbacks” from the Partners in Progress (PIP) initiative, a joint effort between the Citi Foundation and LIIF to provide flexible support and technical assistance to 14 community-based organizations.

  • Author: Low Income Investment Fund | Year: 2017
    Description:

    The United States Interagency Council on Homelessness features LIIF’s report with Mercy Housing as a resource for thought leaders interested in ending chronic homelessness. The report, “Innovative Models in Health and Housing,” features nine collaborative efforts between health care systems and housing groups in states across the U.S.

  • Author: Penelope Douglas and David Erickson | Year: 2017
    Description:

    Building on the concept of creative placemaking, this paper presents an idea for a Community Development Financial Institution organized around art: CultureBank. Housed at Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, this nonprofit bank will specialize in unleashing asset value in art collections and focus on artists as borrowers, or Artist-Entrepreneurs.

  • Author: Emily A. Benfer and Allyson E. Gold* | Year: 2017
    Description:

    This article analyzes the relationship between policies governing healthy communities and housing and health outcomes for residents. Part I discusses how environmental and housing conditions affect community and individual health, with a particular focus on conditions that cause lead poisoning, asthma and respiratory distress, and cancer. Part II examines current federal, state, and local approaches to healthy housing policy, including interventions directed at individual housing units as well as the community at-large. This part also analyzes the limitations of these policies that prevent residents from attaining good health. Part III offers recommendations to improve health outcomes for individuals and communities.