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Field Notes

Stories about economic justice challenges and solutions across the nation and the work and impact of NCRC members in their communities.

Member Profile: People’s Self-Help Housing

We build affordable homes with site-based services that offer opportunities to change lives and strengthen communities. People’s Self-Help Housing is the longest-serving nonprofit housing organization on California’s Central Coast.

A Black Community Plagued by a chemical spill is an early test of the Biden Administration’s Commitment to Racial Equity

This week, the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) and the South Alabama Center for Fair Housing (SACFH) filed a request for reconsideration of the Department of Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) determination in a fair housing complaint the two organizations submitted in 2017. 

New PPP, Economic Injury Disaster Funding Now Open for Business

The new Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) portal opened January 11, 2021 for new and certain existing PPP borrowers. The new rules from the Small Business Administration (SBA) on both PPP and the targeted Economic Injury Disaster Grant (EIDL) aim to correct some of the lending discrimination uncovered in the first round.

Member Profile: Housing Action Illinois

Housing Action Illinois is a statewide coalition that has been leading the movement to protect and expand the availability of quality, affordable housing in Illinois for more than 30 years. Our 140+ member organizations include homeless service providers, housing counseling agencies, developers of affordable housing and policymakers. We bring everyone together to work toward our vision of an Illinois where everyone has a stable, good home.

Health equity was a challenge before coronavirus

Health and wealth equity didn’t exist in the U.S. before COVID-19, and the pandemic only exacerbated racial, ethnic, gender and geographic disparities. To address these issues and provide a platform for collaborative work toward solutions, NCRC members and partners in North Carolina held a 3-day special online event Oct. 13-15, 2020: Invest in Health and Wealth: Stabilizing Underserved Communities While Fighting a Pandemic.

In memoriam: Lottie Lee Davis

On Friday, September 18, 2020, NCRC and the city of Wilmington, Delaware, lost a champion for social justice and equality through the untimely death of Pastor Lottie Lee Davis of Be Ready Jesus is Coming Church.

NCRC launches publishing series on Segregation, Environment and Health

National Findings Affirm Local Experiences Last week, a team of researchers from NCRC, the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee School of Public Health and University of Richmond Digital Scholarship Lab produced a report with maps and data from 142 cities that showed how historic discrimination in lending and investing in entire neighborhoods correlates with shorter life expectancy …

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