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- The Crisis and Latino Families
by Janis Bowdler, Roberto G. Quercia, and David Andrew Smith
Numerical assessments of the downturn sometimes feel inadequate, so the National Council of
La Raza and UNC’s Center for Community Capital studied the human side—how foreclosures have affected Latino families nationwide.
- Advanced Manufacturing in New England
by James Brett and Mike Reopel
A recent New England Council study shows that although advanced manufacturing is strong in
the region, active partnerships among educators, government, and companies will be critical for
- Rhode Island Unemployment
by Leonard Lardaro, University of Rhode Island
Rhode Island has had an unusually high unemployment rate in recent years. So Communities &
Banking asked a local expert why that might be and what is being done about it.
- Coordinating Homeowner Assistance
by Spencer M. Cowan and William M. Rohe, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Low-income homeowners are eligible for both weatherization programs and rehabilitation
programs, but a recent study found that the requirements and benefits of each differ enough to
make coordination difficult.
- Mapping New England: Loan Modifications
by Kai-yan Lee, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
A comparison of median FICO scores and the effects of the Home Affordable Modification
Program yields surprising visuals.
- Viewpoint: The Subprime Meltdown
by Kathleen C. Engel and Patricia A. McCoy
Today there is a frequent refrain that the subprime collapse was unanticipated. On the contrary,
say the authors, many saw it coming. Step by step, they walk readers through the warning signs.
- Strengthening Early Care and Education
by Louise Stoney and Libbie Naman Poppick, Opportunities Exchange
High-quality early care and education is vital for children, but business challenges often keep
providers from reaching their potential. Sharing business services can free providers to make
important quality improvements.
- Vermont’s Creative Economy
by Mollie S. Burke, Vermont State Representative
Brattleboro, Vermont, one of the top 10 small “Art Towns” in America, shows how the arts can
boost a region’s economic vitality with only moderate public investment.
- How Loan Modifications Affect Credit Scores
by Prabal Chakrabarti, Federal Reserve Bank of Boston
Homeowners who receive loan modifications and avoid foreclosure may be startled to learn
that participation in the loan-modification program adversely affects their credit score. The
Boston Fed’s community development director explains.
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