Voices Blog – News & views for the community development field

Mom gives daughter a math lesson, caregiving at home
The pandemic highlighted the important role of caregivers in the economy, but it also heightened their struggles.
Diverse toddlers play at child care
Lack of affordable, high-quality child care prevents many individuals from going back to work after the COVID-19 pandemic—and from entering the job market altogether. In Delaware, first-hand insights from parents, employers, and small business owners inform solutions to easing child care challenges in the state.
Entrepreneur stands outside holding open sign
Corporate diversity programs often talk about helping people "get invited to the party and also dance." However, entrepreneurs want to "start their own parties" and equitably. Here's how communities can support them.
Green single family home with red steps
When making decisions about distributing emergency pandemic-relief funds to distressed homeowners, state officials are using a new tool to identify where those funds are needed most.
Eviction Notice
A growing number of states and cities have passed laws that say low-income tenants have the right to counsel when they’re facing eviction. Most come with funds to implement the right to counsel. 
Pine Ridge Reservation
"In our 35 years extending credit to Native communities, not once has a bank invested in our work. Instead, we’ve relied on CDFI Fund grants, foundations, and philanthropic investors," says Tawney Brunsch, executive director of Native CDFI Lakota Funds.
Native American Labor Dashboard
How are Native Americans faring in the labor market? The new Native American Labor Market Dashboard lets you track statistics are not readily available anywhere else.
Black women in wheelchair using laptop
Could CRA modernization drive more inclusive community development for individuals with disabilities, especially those at the intersection of race or ethnicity?
CRA: Building Blocks for Change
In what ways is the Community Reinvestment Act a tool that helps lenders chart a different future for low-and moderate-income neighborhoods? Here are four examples.
Young woman uses broadband access for social interaction
The pandemic has underscored how many aspects of modern life rely on high-speed internet, and how stark the difference in broadband access is for some Americans, both in rural areas and big cities.