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ProfitWise News and Views, December 2004
New Pathways to Scale for Community Development Finance
The Economic Opportunities Program (EOP) of the Aspen Institute advances strategies (primarily in the areas of workforce development, microenterprise, community-based forestry, and access to capital and credit) that connect the poor and underemployed to the mainstream economy. The EOP facilitates participatory learning among practitioners using applied research to stimulate dialogue and action among funders, policymakers, nonprofit, and community leaders. This paper is one in a series focusing on issues of scale and sustainability in the not-for-profit and community development field. For more information, go to www.aspeninstitute.org/eop.
Do Hispanic Neighborhoods in Chicago Promote or Hinder Homeownership Opportunities?
Hispanics are one of the fastest-growing populations in the nation, yet they have one of the lowest rates of homeownership of all racial/ethnic groups. For a large proportion of Hispanic immigrants, particularly those from Mexico and other Latin American countries, housing needs remain critical. Researchers have found that Latino immigrants living in metropolitan areas are much more likely to live in crowded and severely inadequate housing and/or to experience a severe housing cost burden. While homeownership may not be the answer for all immigrants, it is an important aspect of the social and economic adjustment process, and it is often an indication of integration into the U.S. labor, financial, and credit markets.
Keeping the Promise: Immigration Proposals from the Heartland

Task Force Overview

The United States has reached an important juncture in thinking about immigration policy. The past decade’s strong growth in immigrant totals, together with the reemerged link between homeland security and immigration and operational shortcomings in the immigration system have made immigration reform a key policy issue. The demographic and cultural transformation of the United States and the policies that govern who can enter and stay will affect all aspects of American life in the 21st century. It is essential for this nation’s future prosperity to develop a comprehensive and effective set of national immigration policies that address the security, economic, and social concerns linked to the presence of large numbers of immigrants while maximizing the benefits they provide to the country.
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