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ESG … and T? Tenant Protections Fly Under the Impact Investing Radar

To meaningfully evaluate real estate-related companies, organizations that evaluate impact investment standards must address tenant experiences.

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A Way for Investors to Save Affordable Housing, Not Harm It

Investors have helped preserve more than 1,700 affordable housing units in the Washington, D.C., metro area.

Equity

Residents Owning Their Local Economy

In the face of extractive “investments,” communities are exploring creative models that let them both exert control and earn returns themselves.

Reported Article

Better, Faster, Cheaper Ways to Finance Supportive Housing

A few cities in the U.S. are addressing homelessness by experimenting with different financing vehicles that are helping to preserve and construct more supportive housing.

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CDFIs

How Successful is Your County in Accessing Community Development Funding?

some communities in the United States seem much better than others at attracting grants and financing for community development—even after adjusting for their relative needs. Here are some of the surprising trends:

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Housing

Shared-Equity Homeownership With No Public Subsidy

What if the future of shared equity homeownership was not dependent on government subsidies? Vivacité – Société immobilière solidaire, a Quebec-based non-profit organization, designed a shared equity program based on a social economy model that leverages impact investors to ensure perpetual affordability and scales its impact.

Community Development Field

Impact Investing Resources

If you want to explore impact investing further, here are some places to start.

A girl with a pony tail points at a dialogue box on a large screen in a classroom, at Monarch, a school funded by an impact investment from Clearinghouse CDFI that provides quality education, safe environment, and support services to homeless youth.

Impact Investing for Community Development

New sources of mission-driven private capital could step up to support community development where traditional sources of financing are withdrawing.

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Community Reinvestment Act

The Role of Government in Impact Investing

Impact investing may seem like a market-based concept, but government can and does support, enable, and participate in it many ways.

CDFIs

Connecting CDFIs and Impact Investors

It should be a natural fit; what’s in the way?

The $15 Trillion Shift

“Investor apartheid” securities rules are keeping investment artificially blocked from the businesses with the most positive impact on communities— small, local ones.

Editor’s Note

“Money Must Serve, Not Rule!”

In November 2013, Morgan Stanley launched its Institute for Sustainable Investing and announced that within five years it was aiming to manage $10 billion in client assets targeted to “impact […]

Students Push Universities to Invest Locally

In response to my earlier post about anchor institutions and community development, Andrew Frishkoff, executive director of LISC Philadelphia, commented “Too often we have seen beneficent anchor institutions acting paternalistically on […]