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11/13/2017
Lessons learned on the way to ‘smoke-free’
Rental developments across the country are increasingly going smoke-free, both for public-health reasons and to save money in maintenance costs. But how do you phase in such a policy with existing residents? Three NeighborWorks network members offer lessons learned.
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10/20/2017
Nonprofit-police partnerships are ‘untold’ good news
If one only reads the news, it’s easy to think that relations between local police and communities dominated by people of color are at a nadir. But at NeighborWorks’ recent Community Leadership Institute, it was clear member organizations are active players in making their reality a different one. 
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10/16/2017
Disaster ‘pro’ offers lessons learned
Samuel Sanders, Executive Director of the Mid City Redevelopment Alliance in Baton Rouge, Florida, has witnessed—and been personally involved with—three natural disasters that impacted his community. And now, he is being tapped for advice for those struggling in the aftermath of hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Marie. Here are some of his thoughts. 
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10/3/2017
Entrepreneur nation: Nonprofits help start-ups fuel the economy
Economists are blaming a slowdown in start-ups on the sluggishness of the recovery—and women owners are a big part of the solution. Read this blog post to learn what NeighborWorks network members have learned about how to help start-ups of all kinds survive those crucial first years.  
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9/29/2017
On the ground: a report from post-hurricane Houston
Many NeighborWorks America employees are working to help residents impacted by the hurricanes that have hit Texas, Florida and Puerto Rico. In this blog post, one staff member writes about her volunteer service on the ground.
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9/21/2017
Fighting a drug epidemic requires ‘all hands on deck’
What can community development nonprofits do to help prevent and alleviate the impact of substance abuse? A lot actually—as shown by these examples from network members across the country. 
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9/7/2017
Learn to anticipate and ‘leap forward’ after disasters
The news is awash with the damage wrought by hurricanes Harvey and Irma. But these natural disasters should not have surprised anyone; they are only the latest in a string of worsening weather events that is expected to continue.
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9/6/2017
Want to ready children for school success? Focus on parents too
​Numerous studies have documented that early childhood education and other forms of support are critical to social development, resilience, self-esteem and ability to learn throughout the lifecycle. However, experience in the field also is increasingly demonstrating that positive results are maximized when at least one parent is nurtured right along with their children. The solution: two-generation (“two-gen”) programs.
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8/18/2017
Community experts brainstorm financial inclusion
At the Philadelphia NeighborWorks Training Institute, both local and national experts came together to discuss and debate how to create and sustain more financial inclusion, allowing low-income households, new Americans and others often left behind to benefit from improvements in the economy. Read this blog post for some highlights of their take-aways.
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8/7/2017
Author calls for increased focus on America’s ‘middle neighborhoods’
Conversations about communities in need of attention typically center on distressed neighborhoods on the slide down or “hot” markets where gentrification is in danger of pushing out older, original residents. What’s missing from the strategy talks are “middle neighborhoods.”
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