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: Dēmos and the Institute for Assets and Social Policy | Year: 2017
    Description:

    The Institute for Assets & Social Policy (IASP) at Brandeis University’s Heller School for Social Policy and Management and Demos released a new report that explores popular explanations for the racial wealth gap between African-American, Latino, and white households. The report demonstrates that changing individual behavior in areas such as education, family structure, full- or part-time employment, and personal consumption habits would not reverse the economic harm done by structural racism. The investigation highlights that the ongoing structural barriers to wealth equality in the U.S. cannot be combated at the individual or household level. Instead, public policy is needed to eliminate racial wealth disparities.

  • Author: Joyce Klein, FIELD, The Aspen Institute | Year: 2017
    Description:

    Our nation faces significant challenges addressing the growing racial wealth gap. This white paper, written by FIELD Director Joyce Klein, outlines the role that business ownership can and does play in building wealth for people of color. The white paper outlines short- and long-term recommendations to address the racial wealth gap through business ownership strategies. In the short-term, continuing and expanding efforts to increase access to capital, skills, networks, and markets will be needed to realize the promise that business ownership holds for addressing the racial wealth gap. In the long-term, universal policies to narrow the racial wealth gap — such as those aimed at raising the quality of education, building savings, and increasing financial inclusion — will be critical.

  • Author: United for a Fair Economy | Year: 2017
    Description:

    In 1984, the re-election campaign of Ronald Reagan released an ad with the opening line, “It's morning again in America.” While this ad embodied a momentary sense of optimism, forty years of neoliberal policies have failed working people. This year, with Donald Trump assuming the Nation’s highest office, it seems fitting to reflect and assess where we are on a variety of issues related to economic stability and race in AmericaState of the Dream 2017: Mourning in America is a broad assessment of where we are as a nation. It features reflections from leaders and advocates that are fighting inequalities everyday, and contains a short, accessible snapshot of where we are as nation on the topics of wages, wealth, housing, immigration, and LGBT inclusion. 

  • Author: MASSACHUSETTS COMMUNITY & BANKING COUNCIL | Year: 2016
    Description:

    The Massachusetts Community & Banking Council (MCBC) is pleased to offer Small Business Lending in Massachusetts, 2007-2015, its 18th report on small business lending patterns. The report includes data on small business lending across the state and the impact of small business lending on the state’s overall economy. As before, this report also focuses on small business lending in low income and traditionally underserved areas. Along with the report, MCBC is also providing supplemental data tables on small business lending in the form of an on-line appendix.