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Leveraging Private Investment To Meet Affordable Housing Needs

Public spending forms the basis of affordable housing production or preservation. When public funds are unavailable or prioritized elsewhere, however, nongovernmental entities can fill this financing gap with private investment funds. During its 2021 Housing Opportunity Conference, the Urban Land Institute (ULI) held a webinar titled “Leveraging Investor-Funded Housing Models to Meet Broader Community Housing Needs.”



Rent-to-Own Program Rehabilitates Abandoned and Foreclosed Properties

A partnership between a community development financial institution and a community development corporation is meeting two needs in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Learning From the Pandemic Response: Converting Hotels to Shelter or Housing

As the COVID-19 virus spread in the United States in early 2020, governments took extraordinary measures to try and curtail the pathogen’s spread, imposing lockdowns, restricting travel, and recommending social distancing.


Matthew Desmond’s 2016 book Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City tells the story of two neighborhoods, one a predominantly white trailer park community and the other a predominantly African-American community in Milwaukee.

Economic Mobility: Measuring the American Dream

Does the neighborhood you grow up in impact your income as an adult? With recent studies showing rising levels of income inequality in the United States, the question of economic mobility has become increasingly more important.



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