The Atlantic: How Asking About Their Needs Connects People in Houston

Angela Blanchard, an elegant, straight-talking force of nature in this part of the world, has been at the helm of the organization for the past two decades. Under her direction, Neighborhood Centers’ annual budget has swelled to $260 million, placing it in the top one percent of nonprofits nationwide. Blanchard has spoken in places as […]

Brookings Institution: Confronting Suburban Poverty in America

In Confronting Suburban Poverty in America, Elizabeth Kneebone and Alan Berube take on the new reality of metropolitan poverty and opportunity in America. For decades, suburbs added poor residents at a faster pace than cities, so that suburbia is now home to more poor residents than central cities, and over a third of the nation’s total […]

Brookings Institution: The Metropolitan Revolution

In the face of federal gridlock, economic stagnation and fiscal turmoil, power in the United States is shifting away from Washington and toward our major cities and metropolitan areas. Across the nation, these communities, and their resolutely pragmatic leaders, are taking on the big issues that Washington won’t. They are reshaping our economy, and fixing […]

Places Journal: Houston’s Quiet Revolution

Houston’s Quiet Revolution: A modern settlement house movement is brewing in Texas. Have organizers figured out the secret to reviving the immigrant dream? Read the full story here.