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Financial Literacy: A Necessary Ingredient for Building the Financial Assets of Low-Income Households

February 21, 2012

Tyler Mulligan is a School of Government faculty member. This post is part of a series that highlights approaches described in a School of Government web guide on asset-building tactics for individuals and communities on the economic margin. A prior post explains the benefits that result when low-in … Continued

Savings Programs for Low-Income Households: Overcoming Challenges in Rural Areas

January 26, 2012

Tyler Mulligan is a School of Government faculty member. This post is part of a series that highlights approaches described in a School of Government web guide on asset-building tactics for individuals and communities on the economic margin. A prior post lists several reasons that many communities h … Continued

Build Financial Assets for Low-income Households by Sponsoring IDA Programs

January 17, 2012

Tyler Mulligan is a School of Government faculty member. This post is part of a series that highlights approaches described in a School of Government web guide on asset-building strategies for individuals and communities on the economic margin. Market-based economies are characterized by boom and bu … Continued

Asset-Based Development: An Approach to Poverty in the U.S.

December 29, 2011

With politicians and the media focusing so much attention on the gap between the rich and the poor, some community leaders are asking what they can do to assist communities and households on the economic margin. One approach that deserves serious examination is known as “asset-based development.” Th … Continued

Improving Civic Assets: The Civic Mission of Schools

August 30, 2011

Kelley O’Brien is the Director of the North Carolina Civic Education Consortium, a program of the School of Government and one of the five North Carolina Civic Health Index partner organizations. Several blog posts over the past year have addressed results of the North Carolina Civic Health Index. T … Continued

Developing Your Community’s Civic Capital: Increasing Opportunities for Youth Involvement

January 18, 2011

Kelley O’Brien is the Director of the North Carolina Civic Education Consortium, a program of the School of Government and one of the five North Carolina Civic Health Index partner organizations. This is a third in a series of blog posts about the 2010 North Carolina Civic Health Index, a study that … Continued

Student Corner: Individual Development Accounts: Another Tool in the Community-Development Toolkit

October 28, 2010

Suzanne Julian is UNC-Chapel Hill graduate student pursuing a master’s degree in Public Administration. She is currently working with the STEP leadership team in Pamlico County as part of the Carolina Economic Revitalization Corps program. What’s the connection between community development and econ … Continued

Building savings among rural low-income families

March 17, 2010

Lisa Stifler is a Research Associate in the Community & Economic Development Program. Over the past three decades, there has been a realization among many in the community development field that income-based poverty reduction programs, while potentially helpful in alleviating some of the day-to- … Continued

Free tax preparation as a way to build individual assets

January 20, 2010

Lisa Stifler is a Research Associate with the Community & Economic Development Program. With tax season now upon us, dozens of community organizations and groups throughout North Carolina are beginning to open their doors to offer free tax preparation for low- and moderate-income individuals, th … Continued