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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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Home Mortgage Explorer: The Federal Reserve Banks of Philadelphia and Cleveland have released the new Home Mortgage Explorer. The data tool allows users to explore trends in mortgage lending between 2010 and 2015 for the U.S. as a whole, states, and metropolitan and nonmetropolitan areas. 

Rental Housing Affordability: This interactive tool enables users to examine trends in rental housing affordability in Third District states from 2010 to 2015.

Consumer Credit Explorer (CCE): This interactive tool enables users to look at quarterly changes in credit use indicators from 2005 to mid-2017 and to compare indicators across different areas.

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.

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Consumer Resources

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Homeownership Counseling Study

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

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Publications & Videos

The State of Urban Manufacturing: Philadelphia City Snapshot PDF

Reflecting a collaboration between the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and the Urban Manufacturing Alliance,  this report combines an analysis of publicly available data with a survey of city-based manufacturers and a series of focus groups to gain a better understanding of the manufacturing sector in the city of Philadelphia. The report covers a variety of topics, including employment trends and wage levels, manufacturers’ growth intentions and barriers to growth, detailed information on the characteristics of manufacturing workers, and an overview of the manufacturing support ecosystem in the city. Opportunities to help firms thrive and grow into larger jobs generators are also discussed.


Transformative Economies: Emerging Practices for Aligning Growth and Inclusion

This paper sets a framework for building transformative economies. Prepared by Paul C. Brophy, Robert Weissbourd, Andy Beideman for the Economic Growth and Mobility Project, the authors share policy levels to foster inclusive growth practices and highlight emerging approaches and innovative programs in regions across the country.


Northeastern Pennsylvania Equitable Transit Study

This report reflects qualitative research conducted by The Institute for Public Policy & Economic Development at Wilkes University to explore transit equitability in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Produced for the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia and the Scranton Area Community Foundation as part of the Economic Growth and Mobility Project, the report assess transportation barriers for community members, particularly those from underrepresented backgrounds and those most at risk of facing transportation difficulty.


Bank’s Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Opportunities for Promoting Job Creation, Workforce Development, and Place-Based Investment

Using examples from recent CRA performance evaluations, this report summarizes the potential mechanisms through which CRA could help promote economic prosperity and mobility, especially in low- and middle-income communities.

Investing in America’s Workforce: Report on Workforce Development Needs and Opportunities


This report analyzes information gathered from nearly 1,000 leaders who work at the intersection of workforce training, recruitment, and finance. The study provides a current snapshot of the workforce development sector and its key challenges. It offers strategies for improving the human capital of America’s labor force, expanding access to jobs, and innovating workforce development funding.

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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
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