Voices Blog – News & views for the community development field

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By Fed Communities Staff
Discover how CDFIs are faring in today’s economy. Learn about their products and services, existing challenges, and potential solutions revealed by the Federal Reserve’s latest CDFI survey. Watch or listen on demand.
2023 Small Business Credit Survey (SBCS)
By Emily Corcoran
Help inform policy conversations and decision-making. Take the Federal Reserve Small Business Credit Survey.
Open Concept Office, Where a Work Meeting is Being Held
By Alison Shott
What can communities learn about creating equitable workforce systems? A lot with help from the Reinventing Our Communities cohort.
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By Gabriella Chiarenza
The US racial wealth gap isn’t shrinking. Here’s why strategies that consider the problem’s deeper roots could make a difference.
Community Perspectives and Conditions September 2023
By Federal Reserve Community Development Staff
Here’s what nonprofit and community leaders, and workforce professionals serving lower-income people shared with the Federal Reserve for the September 2023 Beige Book.
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By Dan Gorin
Small-dollar credit, like loans under $1,000, can help people handle unexpected expenses or income fluctuations. But affordable and accessible options are needed.
Townhouses featured on cover of the Survey of Household Economics and Decisionmaking
By Federal Reserve Community Development Staff
Previous and current Community Advisory Council Members discuss how Survey of Household Economics and Decionmaking (SHED) findings impact their communities and organizations.
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By Fed Communities Staff
What do workers expect of job quality? How are they using skill development and self-investment to change their economic opportunities? Here’s what recent research tells us. Watch or listen on demand.
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By Ellie Dries
Ensuring employee safety and health is vital for job satisfaction. Workplace hazards raise concerns about the effects on employee well-being.
2023 CDFI Survey
By Carrie Cook
Results from the 2023 Federal Reserve CDFI Survey are in. Get a first look at high-level findings about challenges in meeting demand, product innovation, and more.