CDFI Fund Impact Blog



U.S. Veterans Serve at Home by Combating Food Deserts Veterans Serve at Home by Combating Food Deserts<div class="ExternalClass603E702D64C645A0A38DA01FF0CB2357"><p>The shuttering of three area Walmart stores forced residents in a 44 square mile swath of southwest Wichita, Kansas to live in a food desert. However through the partnership and support of the CDFI Fund, Enterprise Community Loan Fund and veteran-owned business Honor Capital, low-income families again have access to healthy food options and locally-driven economic opportunity.</p><p><a href="/Documents/Honor%20Capital%20HFFI%20Impact%20Story%20FINAL%20062117v2.pdf" target="_blank">Read the full story here.</a></p></div>2017-06-23T13:00:00ZLocal Impact31GP0|#1a5f1af2-c3d3-442b-86b7-a205c0729d6b;L0|#01a5f1af2-c3d3-442b-86b7-a205c0729d6b|Kansas;GTSet|#52f34ab0-6f81-4fe6-b393-2715c7089532;GP0|#b2dd7f0b-327b-4f6e-9ac4-36458499a10c;L0|#0b2dd7f0b-327b-4f6e-9ac4-36458499a10c|Healthy Food Financing Iniative
The Impact of Community Investing Impact of Community Investing<div class="ExternalClass256A010AF32C409FB6D920527F79F5B7"><p>One of the most energizing aspects of my job as director of the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund (CDFI Fund) is engaging with a diverse array of stakeholders who care about creating economic opportunity in distressed communities and telling them the CDFI story. I find that too often, the innovative and impactful work of CDFIs, CDEs and other organizations served by the CDFI Fund is not as well understood as it should be. In order to spread the word about this amazing work, we are launching a new feature on our public website: Impact Stories.</p><p>Through Impact Stories, we will spotlight the outcomes that CDFI Fund awardees are achieving in communities across the nation. We will showcase the diverse and essential financial services, lending, and investments CDFIs, CDEs, and other awardees provide every day in distressed and underserved rural, urban, and Native American (including Alaska Native and Native Hawaiian) communities. </p><p>CDFI Fund awardees help <a href="/Documents/Cake%20Appeal%20NACA%20Impact%20Story%20052517.pdf" target="_blank"> entrepreneurs get off the ground </a>and existing <a href="/Documents/Wild%20West%20Boots%20041917.pdf" target="_blank">small businesses grow their operations</a>. They expand access to <a href="/Documents/REVISED%20Nevada%20Idaho%20CDFI%20CMF%20Impact%20Story%20042717.pdf" target="_blank">affordable housing </a>and homeownership for low-income people. They finance healthcare facilities and other vital community centers that assist vulnerable populations, such as <a href="/Documents/BGP%20Clearinghouse%20CDFI%20Impact%20Story%20040317.pdf" target="_blank">disabled veterans</a>. They create access to safe and affordable financial products for those on the margins of the financial system. They develop communications networks and infrastructure to expand critical community services and enhance economic development <a href="/Documents/NMTC%20GreatWave%20Impact%20Story%20041917.pdf" target="_blank">opportunities</a>.</p><p>Of course, no good impact story should be told without data. And we will be using these impact stories to highlight what we are learning from the ever improving data we collect from our awardees.</p><p>The CDFI Fund needs your help in identifying stories and best practices that are having impact in distressed and underserved communities across the nation. Submit your story suggestions to the CDFI Fund <a href="" target="_blank">here</a>. </p><p> <i>Interested in seeing more? <a href="" target="_blank">Sign up to receive CDFI Fund Impact Stories</a> as we release them, or keep an eye on our <a href="/impact/Pages/default.aspx" target="_blank">Impact Blog</a>. And check out our <a href="/Documents/CDFI_7554_YearInReview_2016_FINAL_web%20020617.pdf" target="_blank">FY 2016 Year in Review </a>to learn more about the impact of CDFIs and the CDFI Fund’s programs. Full information about the CDFI Fund’s programs can be found at <a href="" target="_blank"></a>.  </i></p><p> <i>Annie Donovan is Director of the CDFI Fund.</i></p></div>Annie Donovan2017-05-25T17:00:00ZFramework for the Future29GP0|#6739e502-ad8d-4e57-bade-8d5d363e66c7;L0|#06739e502-ad8d-4e57-bade-8d5d363e66c7|In the Field;GTSet|#52f34ab0-6f81-4fe6-b393-2715c7089532
Small Business Bakes Up Sweet Success in Shawnee Business Bakes Up Sweet Success in Shawnee<div class="ExternalClassBBA9ACCF7AD3406EB754CD92808B11F2"><p>Citizen Potawatomi Community Development Corporation (CPCDC) works to foster entrepreneurship and enhance economic development opportunities within the Potawatomi tribal community in Shawnee, Oklahoma. <a href="/Documents/Cake%20Appeal%20NACA%20Impact%20Story%20052517.pdf" target="_blank">Read the full story here</a>.</p></div>2017-05-25T16:40:00ZLocal Impact27GP0|#166f18a8-7812-400a-bef0-da63deb924cc;L0|#0166f18a8-7812-400a-bef0-da63deb924cc|Oklahoma;GTSet|#52f34ab0-6f81-4fe6-b393-2715c7089532;GP0|#c890ec6f-810e-4c92-a8a0-1af04abbffc9;L0|#0c890ec6f-810e-4c92-a8a0-1af04abbffc9|Native Initiatives