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Community Development

The Community Development Studies & Education Department supports the Federal Reserve System’s economic growth objectives by promoting community development in low- and moderate-income communities and fair and impartial access to credit in underserved markets. The department works closely with financial institutions, nonprofit organizations, and government agencies on public-private partnerships that result in increased affordable housing and community and economic development. The department assists financial institutions to understand their responsibilities under the federal Community Reinvestment Act (CRA). External Link

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upcoming events

  • 2017 Policy Summit on Housing, Human Capital, and Inequality
    Transforming Regional Economies: Growth and Equity through Policy and Practice
    June 22-23, 2017
    Cleveland, OH
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Community Profiles

View historical information, maps, and demographic, economic, and lending data for metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) or portions of MSAs in the Third Federal Reserve District.

Updated information in the demographic and economic data section of each profile.

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Consumer Resources

Find publications on credit-related topics.

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Homeownership Counseling Study

The Effectiveness of Pre-Purchase Homeownership Counseling and Financial Management Skills

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Publications & Videos

Cascade Focus: "Uneven Opportunity: Exploring Employers' Educational Preferences for Middle-Skills Jobs." This report seeks to understand why employers’ preferences for college-educated candidates vary dramatically across metro areas. New

Beyond the Numbers: A Qualitative Exploration of "Following the Money: An Analysis of Foundation Grantmaking for Community and Economic Development." This qualitative companion report provides insights from a sample of key informants throughout the Third Federal Reserve District on the metro area and organizational factors that affect a community’s ability to attract foundation support for community and economic development activities. New

Rental Housing Affordability: This interactive tool enables users to examine trends in rental housing affordability in Third District states from 2005 to 2014.

Consumer Credit Explorer (CCE): This interactive tool enables users to look at quarterly changes in credit use indicators from 2005 to 2015 and to compare indicators across different areas.

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Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia
Community Development Studies & Education Department
Ten Independence Mall
Philadelphia, PA 19106-1574

(215) 574-6037 – phone
(215) 574-2512 – fax

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