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Cascade is a community development publication produced three times a year by the Community Development Studies and Education Department. Cascade has a primary readership in financial institutions, nonprofits, and government agencies in the Third Federal Reserve District.

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Cascade Briefs

Cascade Briefs is a periodic electronic newsletter containing timely news and information on community development and financial education. You can view the most recent issue or sign up to receive this publication by e-mail.

Current Issue

Summer 2014No. 86, Winter 2015

This issue focuses on a range of affordable housing issues. Articles on rental housing examine the following: renters’ housing costs (analysis from the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University); the preservation of affordable rental housing in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, and Delaware; a PSE&G program that finances energy improvements in multifamily buildings in New Jersey; and rental housing affordability (Mapping Our Community). Coverage on supportive housing includes an analysis of a Delaware program that combines housing subsidies and supportive services and a national perspective from the Corporation for Supportive Housing. The issue also includes coverage of the single-family repair programs Habitat for Humanity and Rebuilding Together and a research study on housing alternatives for homeless families.

Recent Issues

Summer 2014No. 85, Summer 2014

This issue provides highlights from the 2014 Reinventing Older Communities: Bridging Growth & Opportunity conference. The major themes of intergenerational mobility and equitable growth and subthemes of education, employment, and revitalization appear throughout the issue. The articles focus on measuring intergenerational mobility and economic growth in the Third Federal Reserve District; reversing the cycle of poverty through education and mentoring as well as workforce development; exploring the future of community development corporations (CDC) and measuring CDC impact; understanding changes in the housing market; using data visualization as a community development tool; and learning lessons from the Fund for Our Economic Future's work in Ohio. Visit for presentations, audio recordings, and videos of the 2014 Reinventing Older Communities conference.

Winter 2014No. 84, Winter 2014

This issue focuses on ways to strengthen household financial stability after the recession, why the unbanked use alternative financial services, the use of tax-time savings programs to build assets, the Cities for Financial Empowerment Coalition, and student loan debt. It also includes an interview with Sandra Braunstein of the Federal Reserve Board of Governors on the Federal Reserve’s role in community development, a Mapping Our Community feature on the distribution of household income, and a memorial to Frederick Heldring, former Philadelphia bank CEO and a founder of the Delaware Valley Mortgage Plan.

Fall 2013No. 83, Fall 2013

This issue focuses on community development financial institution (CDFI) trends and issues. It includes information on issues facing CDFIs; CDFIs as intermediaries for healthy food financing; the expansion of a Goldman Sachs small business initiative in Pennsylvania; a research study on the impact of government-subsidized lending; how to build CDFI capacity; and how CDFIs have increased their access to capital markets, federal loan programs, and corporate support. This issue also includes Mapping Our Community, a new regular feature that shows the location of CDFIs in the Third Federal Reserve District.

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Community Development Studies and Education Department
Ten Independence Mall
Philadelphia, PA 19106-1574

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Issue Archive

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For Cascade-related information or to be added to the mailing list, contact:

Keith L. Rolland, Community Development Advisor
Phone: (215) 574-6569
Fax: (215) 574-2512