A collection of topic-specific publications that takes an in-depth look at relevant community development issues.

The Color of Wealth in Los Angeles

The rapid growth of asset poverty in the United States is a troublesome sign that millions of families nationwide lack the resources necessary to secure a more stable financial future. The findings in this report from the National Asset Scorecard for Communities of Color (NASCC) survey reveal major disparities in wealth accumulation across various racial and ethnic groups in Los Angeles.

California Post-RDA Affordable Housing Developer Survey: Analysis of Results

The Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, in partnership with Housing California, surveyed California’s affordable housing developers in October 2015 to learn how they are faring three years after the dissolution of redevelopment agencies (RDAs); how their development pipelines have been affected by the loss of RDA funds; and how new legislation, local regulation, or funding strategies have impacted affordable housing development over the past three years. This report is an analysis of current conditions and challenges expressed in the survey responses of 71 affordable housing development organizations across California.

What It’s Worth: Strengthening the Financial Future of Families, Communities and the Nation

The American economy is only as strong as the American household. In communities across the country, families are struggling to thrive. Learn what we can collectively do to tackle poverty and put more families on the path to financial well-being. A new book published by the San Francisco Fed in partnership with CFED, What It’s Worth: Strengthening the Financial Future of Families, Communities and the Nation, provides a 360-degree view of the financial problems and challenges millions of American households face. The book highlights the enormous creativity and innovation underway to improve financial well-being and provides concrete ways that nearly all sectors of society can implement proven and evolving solutions.

Analysis of Community Development Needs and Opportunities in Los Angeles County

This analysis provides data on an array of community development needs and opportunities in Los Angeles County and is valuable information for financial institutions looking to align loans, investments, and services to community development needs in their markets. It is equally valuable for non-profits looking to maximize impact in the areas in which they operate.

What Counts: Harnessing Data for America’s Communities

With 90 percent of the world’s data generated in just the past two years, What Counts: Harnessing Data for America’s Communities challenges policymakers, funders, and practitioners across sectors to seize this new opportunity to revolutionize our approaches to improve lives in low-income communities. This book from the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco and the Urban Institute provides a roadmap for the strategic use of data to reduce poverty, improve health, expand access to quality education, increase employment, and build stronger and more resilient communities.

Small Business Financial Health Analysis

Authors: Craig R. Everett, Pepperdine University, Chinwe Onyeagoro, FundWell, and Alex Davidson

The Small Business Financial Health Initiative is a joint project of the Community Development divisions of the Federal Reserve Banks of Chicago and San Francisco, Pepperdine University Capital Markets Project and FundWell, Inc.

Financial and Operational Ratios and Trends of Community Health Centers

This report provides an operational and financial overview of the community health center industry for the years 2008 – 2011. Prepared with the goal of increasing the information available to lenders and investors on community health centers nationwide, this document is the second of a series of studies supported by Citi Foundation, which will further illuminate the financial and operational trends of this group of organizations.

Investing in What Works for America’s Communities

This book encourages a more integrated approach to anti-poverty efforts that builds on what we know is working. Through dozens of examples of innovative ideas that are transforming neighborhoods, this book uncovers the new sectors, new financing tools, and new technologies that can be harnessed to bring opportunity to America’s struggling communities.

Consumer Credit Conditions

The Federal Reserve Bank San Francisco’s Consumer Credit Conditions series provides an overview of consumer credit data for each Twelfth District state. The state reports include data on consumer debt, consumer loan and mortgage delinquencies, including maps showing serious mortgage delinquencies at the county level.

CDFIs and Transit-Oriented Development

Transit-oriented development (TOD) can provide households with more opportunities and choices. Ideal TOD communities are mixed-use neighborhoods with good-quality public transit that connect people of a variety of incomes to a wide range of economic, social, and educational opportunities. TODs incorporate access to human services such as child care facilities, fresh food stores, health care facilities, and cultural and educational institutions within a short walking distance of transit. Families living in transit areas can significantly reduce the time and cost spent on their daily commute to work, and the other trips required for their daily chores, allowing for more disposable income and leisure time. Compact and pedestrian-oriented environments also generate demonstrated public health benefits by reducing obesity and preventing related health problems. This special report explores how CDFIs can be utilized to provide financing for TOD projects.