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Written by Katie Buitrago on December 5, 2013
Vacant homes are posing obstacles to recovery for communities throughout the Chicago region and beyond.
Written by Dory Rand on December 2, 2013

I recently read an eye-opening book entitled “Scarcity: Why Having So Little Matters So Much,” by Sendhil Mullainathan and Eldar Shafir. It’s about how scarcity of time, money, food, and sleep affects our brains, creating a tunnel vision.

Written by on November 26, 2013

Washington, DC - Today, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) released a report entitled “Access to Capital and Credit in Appalachia and the Impact of the Financial Crisis and Recession on Commercial Lending and Finance in the Region.”

Written by Courtney Eccles on November 15, 2013

Ten mortgages to African Americans in 2012. Zero bank branches in low-income communities or communities of color. And below-peer-level lending to low-income communities in all of its assessment areas.

Written by Courtney Eccles on November 12, 2013

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced last week that it will begin collecting consumer complaints on payday loans.

Written by Katie Buitrago on November 8, 2013
The Illinois Housing Development Authority (IHDA) recently announced an important new resource for municipalities looking to reduce the negative impacts of vacant residential buildings on their communities.
Written by Courtney Eccles on November 7, 2013
Join staff of Woodstock Institute and allies from across the country for the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) annual conference in Washington, D.C.
Written by Dan Fair on November 5, 2013
It’s been an incredible year for Woodstock Institute and our partners.
Written by Dan Fair on October 29, 2013
Communities are struggling to emerge from the devastation of the foreclosure crisis. While our neighborhoods make efforts to recover, the Federal Housing Finance Agency (FHFA)—regulator of Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac—has refused to implement policies proven to protect vulnerable homeowners from foreclosure.
Written by Katie Buitrago on October 28, 2013

In 2011, the federal banking regulators released rules defining a “Qualified Residential Mortgage (QRM).” The definition of a QRM matters to the communities we serve because it will substantially affect how affordable mortgages will be.

Written by Dory Rand on October 25, 2013
For those who participated in our 40th anniversary national research symposium and bash, you know there was much learning, sharing, and celebrating.
Written by Katie Buitrago on October 15, 2013

How can organizations from different sectors overcome barriers and collaborate to promote a housing market recovery and revitalize communities?

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Written by on October 14, 2013

Chicagoans had an opportunity last week to voice their concerns about different types of consumer credit to the director of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB), Richard Cordray.

Written by Dan Fair on September 26, 2013
For the last couple months, we’ve been highlighting several different aspects of Woodstock’s history. Now it’s time to put it all together.

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