CDFI Impact Blog



CDFI Helps Childcare Entrepreneur Realize Her Dream Helps Childcare Entrepreneur Realize Her Dream<div class="ExternalClass8C4572D9EB0743D0AA8698543608557B"><p>A major logistical and economic decision facing American families is finding quality affordable childcare. This is especially difficult for low-income families. According to the US Census Bureau, low-income families (less than 200% of the poverty level; or less than $50,000 for a family of four) spend 35% of their family’s monthly income on child care costs (US Census Bureau, Survey of Income and Program Participation, 2014 Panel Wave 3).</p><p><a href="/Documents/ABC%20Academy%20Impact%20Story%20V2%2008102020.pdf" target="_blank">To read the full story, click here</a>.</p></div>2020-08-12T16:00:00ZLocal Impact80GP0|#b5b6d8ce-05eb-4f77-a164-48221593deec;L0|#0b5b6d8ce-05eb-4f77-a164-48221593deec|Vermont;GTSet|#52f34ab0-6f81-4fe6-b393-2715c7089532;GP0|#c8a5d5bc-32cc-47a9-88a8-702f1f974786;L0|#0c8a5d5bc-32cc-47a9-88a8-702f1f974786|CDFI Certification
Self-Help Credit Union Helps Food Pantries Combat Food Insecurity Credit Union Helps Food Pantries Combat Food Insecurity<div class="ExternalClassB4331248AED0443AB6A14786AB2E2EA1"><p>The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) defines food insecurity as the disruption of food intake or eating patterns because of lack of money and other resources. In 2019, prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, USDA estimates that 10.5% (13.7 million) households were food insecure at some point in time during the year (Food Security Status of U.S. Households in 2019, USDA).</p><p><a href="/Documents/Self-Help%20Loaves%20and%20Fishes%20Impact%20Story%20Final%209-29-20.pdf" target="_blank">Read the full story here</a>.</p></div>2020-09-30T21:00:00ZLocal Impact81GP0|#c8a5d5bc-32cc-47a9-88a8-702f1f974786;L0|#0c8a5d5bc-32cc-47a9-88a8-702f1f974786|CDFI Certification;GTSet|#52f34ab0-6f81-4fe6-b393-2715c7089532;GP0|#8a542733-5822-4917-95cd-16aa76bcdf7e;L0|#08a542733-5822-4917-95cd-16aa76bcdf7e|North Carolina
Local Impact of CDFIs in Milwaukee and Chicago Impact of CDFIs in Milwaukee and Chicago<div class="ExternalClass2FE67FA13C5143AFAEAF5FEAF6B800CA"><p>Just before Thanksgiving, I visited Milwaukee and Chicago and had the opportunity to witness the impact that CDFIs are making in those great cities. CDFIs nationwide are building businesses, creating jobs, and developing housing, and the CDFIs in Milwaukee and Chicago are no exception.</p><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-2" alt="Image of Next Door in Wisconsin" src="/SiteCollectionImages/Project%20Images/Next%20Door%20WI%20Nov2015%20small.jpg" style="margin:5px;" />In Milwaukee, I visited Next Door, Inc. Next Door is an early education provider that has worked with thousands of children and families to give them the skills they need to achieve sustainable success in school and in life. Next Door’s mission is to support the intellectual, physical, spiritual and emotional development of children so they become self-sufficient, contributing members of the community.</p><p>Forward Community Investments, a Wisconsin-based CDFI and CDE, provided New Markets Tax Credits to help Next Door expand its Head Start and Early Head Start programs into a larger building. When the renovation of the 103,000 square foot building is complete, there will be space for 20 new classrooms, a children’s kitchen, a drama and art studio, and multi-purpose rooms.</p><p>What was most impressive to me about Next Door’s programming is that it goes beyond the child to include the whole family. They start with pregnant moms and support them through birth and the critical early years of their child’s development. They also have programs targeted specifically to dads!</p><p>I also met the inspiring <a href="" target="_blank">Genyne Edwards</a>, who runs P3 Development Group. P3 Development Group is a small consulting business that is focused on community development solutions for Milwaukee. Organizations such as United Way and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Greater Milwaukee have used P3 Development Group’s services to help them identify gaps and opportunities in the programs they provide to the local community. And now Genyne has been able to purchase her own office space, with the help of Legacy Redevelopment Corporation, which will enable her to continue to facilitate transformative change in Milwaukee.</p><p><img class="ms-rtePosition-1" alt="Image of Bronzeville Jerk Shack" src="/SiteCollectionImages/Project%20Images/Chicago%20Tour%20Nov2015%208_small.jpg" style="margin:5px;" />In Chicago, I experienced a wide range of CDFI projects on the South Side of the city because many CDFIs collaborated to plan and execute the tour. We all hopped on a big bus and toured over a dozen sites. For example, Bronzeville Cookin’s Jerk Shack, the home of delicious Jamaican street food. Founder Bernard Loyd is a visionary leader who is using food as a tool for community development. He has said, “the path to good community goes through good food.” We also saw Stony Island Arts Bank, a formerly abandoned building turned into a neighborhood space that serves as a repository for African American culture and history. Both of these projects wouldn’t have come to fruition without the patience and persistence of Chicago Community Loan Fund.</p><p>We also visited Pullman Park in Chicago, a mixed-use development that will bring new retail, affordable housing, and park space to an historic part of the South Side. Pullman Park is possible thanks to New Markets Tax Credit investments from Chicago-area organizations, such as the Chicago Neighborhood Initiative, and will address the needs of an underserved area.</p><p>It is so energizing to see the impact CDFIs make locally, and how communities and lives have been transformed by CDFIs. At every project I visited, it was clear that CDFIs are working at the intersection of people and place, not just financing tangible assets, but seeding opportunities for future generations to thrive.</p></div>Annie Donovan2015-11-30T21:00:00ZLocal Impact13GP0|#5c568afc-7fff-4133-ab30-b833f3fd3a3f;L0|#05c568afc-7fff-4133-ab30-b833f3fd3a3f|Illinois;GTSet|#52f34ab0-6f81-4fe6-b393-2715c7089532;GP0|#78de02a6-ea08-4eec-90a2-57d6bb226cb7;L0|#078de02a6-ea08-4eec-90a2-57d6bb226cb7|Wisconsin;GP0|#6739e502-ad8d-4e57-bade-8d5d363e66c7;L0|#06739e502-ad8d-4e57-bade-8d5d363e66c7|In the Field