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  • Individual Author: Page-Adams, Deborah; Sherraden, Michael
    Reference Type: Journal Article
    Year: 1997

    Asset building is helping impoverished families save for education, home ownership, microenterprise, and other community revitalization purposes. These community development programs are built in part on the idea that assets have multiple positive effects on well-being. A system of individual development accounts is often used to structure and subsidize asset accumulation. Studies that evaluate the implementation, performance, and effects of asset building will be critical in assessing the potential of community development based on special savings accounts. This article summarizes findings from studies addressing the effects of assets on personal well-being, economic security, civic behavior, women's status, and children's well-being. Implications for demonstration and evaluation of asset-based community revitalization initiatives are discussed. (Author abstract)

    Asset building is helping impoverished families save for education, home ownership, microenterprise, and other community revitalization purposes. These community development programs are built in part on the idea that assets have multiple positive effects on well-being. A system of individual development accounts is often used to structure and subsidize asset accumulation. Studies that evaluate the implementation, performance, and effects of asset building will be critical in assessing the potential of community development based on special savings accounts. This article summarizes findings from studies addressing the effects of assets on personal well-being, economic security, civic behavior, women's status, and children's well-being. Implications for demonstration and evaluation of asset-based community revitalization initiatives are discussed. (Author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Community Action Agency, Inc.
    Reference Type: Conference Paper
    Year: 2017

    This presentation from the Community Action Partnership 2017 Annual Convention discusses community economic development initiatives in Pushmataha County, McCurtain County, and Choctaw County in Oklahoma.

    This presentation from the Community Action Partnership 2017 Annual Convention discusses community economic development initiatives in Pushmataha County, McCurtain County, and Choctaw County in Oklahoma.

  • Individual Author: Schneider, Jo Anne
    Reference Type: White Papers
    Year: 2006

    This paper provides a succinct overview of the concept of social capital and describes ways in which social capital can play a role in economic and community development. Examples illustrating these concepts are drawn from more than 20 years of research in urban communities, as well as from case studies produced by others involved with community development. The paper addresses the following questions:
    1) What is social capital, and how do the various kinds of social capital play out in the ways that community needs are met?
    2) What kinds of social capital building strategies are useful in economic and community development?

    (Author abstract)

    This paper provides a succinct overview of the concept of social capital and describes ways in which social capital can play a role in economic and community development. Examples illustrating these concepts are drawn from more than 20 years of research in urban communities, as well as from case studies produced by others involved with community development. The paper addresses the following questions:
    1) What is social capital, and how do the various kinds of social capital play out in the ways that community needs are met?
    2) What kinds of social capital building strategies are useful in economic and community development?

    (Author abstract)

  • Individual Author: Kenny, Ben
    Reference Type: Conference Paper
    Year: 2017

    This presentation from the Community Action Partnership 2017 Annual Convention discusses community development through a rural-based action agency and examines examples, such as a planning process called Project Good Start.

    This presentation from the Community Action Partnership 2017 Annual Convention discusses community development through a rural-based action agency and examines examples, such as a planning process called Project Good Start.

  • Individual Author: Gruenstein Bocian, Debbie; Gray, Aracelis
    Reference Type: Stakeholder Resource
    Year: 2003

    This strategy brief aims to help state and local policymakers and community leaders understand the capital market sources that can support their initiatives and develop strategies for accessing those resources. The brief is divided into two parts. Section I provides an overview of sources of community development capital and information on the types and characteristics of financing instruments available to support community development initiatives. Section II outlines strategies that state and local policymakers and community leaders can use to enhance access to public and private capital investments in low- and moderate-income communities. (author abstract)

    The original hyperlink to this resource has been removed by the publisher. You may obtain a single use PDF by emailing the SSRC at ssrc@opressrc.org.

    This strategy brief aims to help state and local policymakers and community leaders understand the capital market sources that can support their initiatives and develop strategies for accessing those resources. The brief is divided into two parts. Section I provides an overview of sources of community development capital and information on the types and characteristics of financing instruments available to support community development initiatives. Section II outlines strategies that state and local policymakers and community leaders can use to enhance access to public and private capital investments in low- and moderate-income communities. (author abstract)

    The original hyperlink to this resource has been removed by the publisher. You may obtain a single use PDF by emailing the SSRC at ssrc@opressrc.org.

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