Community & Economic Development

MacArthur has a longstanding commitment to the vitality of Chicago’s neighborhoods and the city and region as a whole. The Foundation supports prevention of youth violence and the use of information technology to enhance governance, the social sector, and quality of life. MacArthur is exploring new ways to understand the challenges faced by cities around the world, and how to plan, manage, and govern to address them. Read our strategy

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Foreclosures Still Climbing in Chicago

New foreclosure filings in the Chicago region rose 21 percent from 2008 to 2009 despite federal, state, and local programs designed to curb the foreclosure crisis, according to a new Woodstock Institute report. Read More

Creating a Platform for Sustained Neighborhood Improvement: Interim Findings from Chicago’s New Communities Program

Distressed urban neighborhoods face challenges on multiple fronts, but most efforts to confront these problems work in isolation of one another. Read More

Federal Funds for Chicago Foreclosure Prevention and Mitigation

The City of Chicago received $98 million from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development to expand a MacArthur-supported initiative launched last year to prevent and reduce foreclosures. Read More

White House Looks to Chicago's New Communities Program

The White House sees Chicago’s New Communities Program as a source for ideas on urban revitalization for the nation. Read More
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White House Urban Affairs Director Addresses New Communities Program Annual Assembly

The White House sees Chicagos New Communities Program as a source for ideas on urban revitalization for the nation, the director of the White House Office of Urban Affairs, Adolfo Carrión, Jr., told 500 local leaders ...

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Report Helps Prompt Banks to Modify Overdraft Fees

The Center for Responsible Lending, a MacArthur grantee, released a report on the overdraft fees collected by banks and credit unions, which helped prompt fee modification by some of the nation's biggest banks. Read More

Staff

Portrait of Valerie Chang

Valerie Chang

Interim Managing Director, U.S. Programs
Portrait of Craig Howard

Craig Howard

Director of Community and Economic Development
Portrait of Maurice Classen

Maurice Classen

Program Officer, Community & Economic Development
Portrait of Alaina Harkness

Alaina Harkness

Program Officer, Community & Economic Development
Portrait of Mijo Vodopic

Mijo Vodopic

Program Officer
Portrait of Janice A. Dunbar

Janice A. Dunbar

Assistant Manager of Grants and Budget
Portrait of Beth Gutelius

Beth Gutelius

Research Assistant
Portrait of Michelle Williams

Michelle Williams

Executive Secretary