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

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Completed Foreclosure Auctions Increase in Cook County

A new report by the MacArthur-supported Woodstock Institute finds that foreclosures continue to rise from the fourth quarter of 2010 to the first quarter of 2011. Read More

Ownership of Vacant Homes in Foreclosure Process Often Unclear, Poorly Maintained

New research from the Woodstock Institute finds that the ownership of vacant homes in the foreclosure process is often unclear, and they are likely to be poorly maintained. Read More

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Foreclosures May Cost Chicago $36 Million

The city's more than 18,000 abandoned foreclosures and unregistered vacant homes may be costing Chicago as much as $36 million, according to a new report by the Woodstock Institute, a MacArthur grantee. Read More

Reducing Violence on Chicago's Streets

To help reduce shootings and homicides, Chicago police will hold accountable entire gangs even if only a single member is suspected of a violent offense. Read More

Urban Revitalization Initiative Targets Regions with Barriers to Opportunity

MacArthur grantee Living Cities, a nationwide collaboration of 22 major foundations and banks dedicated to urban revitalization, launched a new effort to help five regions tackle barriers to opportunity for low-income residents. Read More