Community Investments

May 2009

Unemployment in Low-Income Communities - Volume 21, Issue 1

In this issue, we address the challenges that low-income communities face in times of high unemployment and explore a variety of workforce development efforts that can improve prospects for low-wage and low-skilled workers. This issue also includes a new “look” new quarterly features, and timely updates on relevant community development topics, such as the National Community Stabilization Trust and innovations around the Earned Income Tax Credit.

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Table of Contents

CI Notebook

In this issue, we address some of the challenges that low-income communities face in times of high unemployment and examine a range of complex issues, such as the particular employment challenges facing immigrant communities and the role of community colleges in meeting the training and education needs of low-income workers.

Addressing the Challenges of Unemployment in Low-Income Communities

Lessons for a New Context: Workforce Development in an Era of Economic Challenge

Back to School and Back to Work: Community Colleges and Workforce Development

Workforce Development Needs for Immigrant Job-Seekers

Back to Our Roots, Just Greener this Time: Community Development Corporations and Workforce Development

Foreclosure Update: The National Community Stabilization Trust

Beyond Lump Sum: Periodic Payment of the Earned Income Tax Credit

San Francisco Works to Support Working Families

The Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) is a federal tax benefit for low- and moderate-income workers that helps offset their tax burden and increase the returns to work.

Doctor CRA

Research Briefs

Research briefs on gentrification and equity gains, government spending and economic mobility, teacher retention in high-poverty schools, and loan modifications and higher debt.

Data Snapshot: Trends in Unemployment

Unemployment rate, percent of limited English proficient workers in labor force, and minimum vs. living wage in the 12th District.