Voices Blog – News & views for the community development field

Green single family home with red steps
By Fed Communities Staff
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
By Jennifer Wilding
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
By Tawney Brunsch
"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
By Benjamin Horowitz
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
By Michael Morris
Could CRA modernization drive more inclusive community development for individuals with disabilities, especially those at the intersection of race or ethnicity?
Young woman uses broadband access for social interaction
By Candáce Wright
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.
Stack of refurbished laptops on white table
By Jeremy Hegle
When Beth Drum heard that families in her area needed computers for remote work and school, she enlisted her employer's help to get 400 refurbished laptops to their community. Here's how she did it.
Bridging Change with CRA
By Lael Brainard
Federal Reserve Governor Lael Brainard shares her views on why it's the right time to modernize the Community Reinvestment Act.
CRA Building Blocks for Change
By Laurel Gourd, Maria Villanueva
In the 40+ years since the CRA was enacted in 1977, the way banking is conducted has changed. It's just one reason the Fed is looking to update the regulation we use to evaluate banks under the law.
CRA Building Blocks for Change
By Laurel Gourd, Maria Villanueva
Congress enacted the Community Reinvestment Act in 1977, requiring banks to reinvest in the communities in which they operate. Here's why the law was needed and why it's still relevant today.