Voices Blog – News & views for the community development field

Small Business Credit Survey 2022
By Emily Corcoran
Help inform policy conversations and decision-making. Take the Federal Reserve Small Business Credit Survey, open September 8-November 4, 2022.
Woman reading eviction notice in kitchen
By Hal Martin
What's the relationship among trends in local market conditions, policies enacted to protect renters, and local eviction filings? Here’s what the data tell us.
Two men and two women in focus group conversation
By Sarah Miller, Ashley Putnam
Businesses tell us they're having a tough time hiring and retaining workers. Do people not want to work or is something deeper going on? We're conducting focus groups with workers to find out what's going on. Here's what we've learned so far.
Occupational licensing may keep foreign-born doctors from practicing medicine in the US
By Tyler Boesch, Ryan Nunn
From EMTs to lawyers, hair stylists to teachers, nearly a quarter of US jobs require a professional license. How can we make it easier for qualified workers to secure those jobs?
Mom sits in her backyard with son and baby daughter
By Ana Kent
When working women become mothers, they have to weigh the pros and cons of staying at their paid jobs. Here's how making it easier for moms to work could benefit the US economy, your community, and you.
Black owned business sign on storefront
By Gabriella Chiarenza
Automated underwriting processes used by some lenders may have reduced racial disparities in accessing the Paycheck Protection Program.
Two women stand behind a wooden coffee shop counter
By Mary Godleski-Cantin
Get to know how communities across the US are planning for an inclusive and resilient Main Street economic recovery.
Teen and preteen African American sisters sit on a couch, holding a piggy bank
By Ray Boshara, Sara Chaganti, Ana Kent, Lowell R. Ricketts
There were large wealth gaps before the pandemic and rising prices are straining families’ resources. Yet there's hope for an equitable and inclusive wealth recovery.
Community Reinvestment Act (CRA)
By Federal Reserve Community Development Staff
Speakers from the Federal Reserve, FDIC, and OCC provide an overview of the interagency CRA notice of proposed rulemaking (NPR).
Young Black woman looking at papers with postsecondary financing options
By PJ Tabit
Many students take on debt to pay for postsecondary education and training, but other options are available. Here's what experts told us at a recent conference.