Voices Blog – News & views for the community development field

January 2023 Community Perspectives and Conditions
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 Beige Book.
Family getting tax preparation assistance
By Nathan Anderson
Many Americans with no or low income can benefit from expert tax-filing assistance, and in some cases, get thousands of dollars in tax refunds. 
Senior Black business owner wearing apron
By Maria Hasenstab
From housing support to mental health interventions, nonprofit organizations are playing a major role in mitigating economic uncertainty brought on by the pandemic.
Mary C. Daly, SF Fed President, speaks with Berkeley students in economics.
By Mary C. Daly
Every once in a while, the Fed may invite you to answer a survey, join a roundtable, or be part of a focus group. Here's why we're knocking at your door—and why you should answer.
Construction worker cutting wood in outside workspace
By Jessica King
Workers with jobs that offer stability, mobility, and support tend to stay with employers longer, and are less likely to leave the labor market.
December 1, 2022 Connecting Communities webinar panel
By Fed Communities Staff
How can banks and nonprofits effectively partner to fund CRA-eligible programs and projects? In this webinar, nonprofit leaders and bankers share their tips. Watch on demand.
Playdate Illustration
By Gabriella Chiarenza
Families with a lower income are more likely to use certain public benefits—and lose them with a small raise or higher-paying job. Here are some of the most common benefits people can lose when they go over a benefits cliff.
Man holds glass under running kitchen faucet
By Nathan Anderson, Cindy Hull, Suchi Saxena
Regular exposure to even small amounts of lead endangers health, yet millions of lead service lines supply drinking water to homes, schools, and other facilities. Find out more about the lead service line issue and possible solutions.
A retired couple watches Alta Lake in Whistler, Canada
By Liz Duda
Most people want to retire to pursue other interests or when they reach normal retirement age. But life events often play a role.
Illustration of diverse group of people
By Teesha Miller, Emily Garr Pacetti
The Federal Reserve Beige Book covers a variety of perspectives on economic matters Fed decisionmakers use to guide their monetary policy decisions. Here's what you need to know about new sections that highlight conditions in low- and moderate-income communities.