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The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) recently published a study on the benefits of housing education and counseling for first-time homebuyers and discovered that both may lead to favorable results in terms of mortgage literacy and preparedness, homebuyer outcomes and
Everything she owned weighed her down as she walked into BRIDGES: Riviera Beach. Pushing a three-month-old baby in a stroller and balancing several sagging bags on her shoulders, Josephine has no job, no home and nowhere to turn. Kicked out of her parents’ home in Miami, Josephine
You get out what you put in. This axiom is common one the world over and can be found in everything from inspirational speeches to Bible verses to pop songs. Nowhere is this more evident than in education. It has been proven time and time again that the quality of education is tied
Every momentous undertaking throughout the history of our nation, be it landing on the moon, the signing of the Declaration of Independence or civil rights movement, has involved people working together to achieve a common goal. Collaboration, invested engagement and open dialogue can result
Claudia curls her fingers around the bright yellow crayon, focuses intently on the page in front of her and starts coloring in the sun – bold and bright, just like the little girl’s personality. She loves to draw and dreams of being an artist. Claudia came to Community Partners a few
Cultivating a garden could be considered a magic trick. By tilling the soil, planting seeds and ensuring they get exactly the right amount of water, sunlight and care – you are creating something that didn’t exist before and making it possible to let life bloom. The H Street Park in Lake
She shuts the door and pads softly to her bed – a soft mass of wrinkled sheets twisted around a fading comforter. Samantha hasn’t left her room in a few days. She’s not sure if she can leave it again. A senior in high school, 17-year-old Samantha was suffering from generalized anxiety
An explosion of brain research over the past 20 years has led to many exciting discoveries, and some have profound implications for community development. We have learned that 90% of a child’s brain develops in the first five years of life. Given that children literally constitute our
As community development practitioners, we often wrestle with complexity. There are rarely, if ever, clear-cut answers. For instance, many of us are committed to helping families living in “pockets” of concentrated risk and poverty. But how? Typically, we look to programmatic solutions
A small, artistic enclave located on Florida’s southeast Atlantic coast, Lake Worth is a diverse and vibrant community which features the 20th highest percentage of Guatemalan residents in the United States and the 21st highest Haitian population in the country with over a quarter of the