Community & Economic Development

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 and the current status of our work

What's New


Mercy Housing Foreclosure-Prevention Program Launched in Chicago Area

Mercy Housing has launched a new program with $100 million in unused Troubled Asset Relief Program money to slash loan balances to affordable levels on Chicago-area homes that are worth less than their debt. Read More

New Data Show Logjam in Chicago Area Foreclosures

According to MacArthur grantee the Woodstock Institute, Chicago region foreclosures are taking longer to complete in 2011 than in 2010. Read More

Chicago Launches New Program to Combat Foreclosures

The City of Chicago has launched a new initiative to prevent foreclosures and stabilize property values in Humboldt Park, Chatham, Chicago Lawn, West Woodlawn, Auburn Gresham, West Pullman, Belmont Cragin, Englewood, and Grant Boulevard. Read More
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The Interrupters

This MacArthur-supported film follows three violence interrupters, members of CeaseFire, who have credibility on the streets because of their own personal histories, as they try to protect their Chicago communities from the violence they once employed. Read More

Increasing Digital Access in Chicago Neighborhoods

The MacArthur-supported Smart Communities program works to increase digital access and use by families, businesses, and other institutions in five moderate- and low-income Chicago neighborhoods. Read More

"Foreclosure Belt" Destabilizing Vulnerable Neighborhoods in Chicago

A new report by the MacArthur-supported Lawyers' Committee for Better Housing finds that the foreclosure crisis continues to affect tenants, particularly renters in low-to-moderate-income African American and Latino/Hispanic community areas in Chicago, and that banks ... Read More

LISC Expands Centers To Aid Low-Income Families

The Local Initiatives Support Corporation is expanding its Financial Opportunity Centers by bringing them to new cities, new neighborhoods in cities with existing Centers, and expanding some Centers. Read More

New Program for Youth Seeks to Prevent Summer Violence in Chicago

The City of Chicago and Cook County launched One Summer Chicago, an initiative to provide kids an expanded array of summer programs, keep them off the streets, and prevent youth violence. Read More