6 episodes

This new podcast from the Community Development departments of the 12 Federal Reserve districts addresses important social issues like economic mobility, affordable housing, small business development and community reinvestment. Each episode showcases successful programs that help provide access to opportunity for low- and moderate-income individuals and families. Join us as we ask community members and organizations across the U.S. about the challenges they are facing and what solutions they’ve found.

The information and views presented in this podcast do not necessarily reflect official positions of the Federal Reserve System and do not constitute an endorsement of any organization or program.

Access: A Community Development Podcast from the Federal Reserve Federal Reserve System

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    • 4.6 • 7 Ratings

This new podcast from the Community Development departments of the 12 Federal Reserve districts addresses important social issues like economic mobility, affordable housing, small business development and community reinvestment. Each episode showcases successful programs that help provide access to opportunity for low- and moderate-income individuals and families. Join us as we ask community members and organizations across the U.S. about the challenges they are facing and what solutions they’ve found.

The information and views presented in this podcast do not necessarily reflect official positions of the Federal Reserve System and do not constitute an endorsement of any organization or program.

    Ep. 2.2: Access to Local Food Systems as a Rural Economic Driver

    Ep. 2.2: Access to Local Food Systems as a Rural Economic Driver

    This episode highlights an organization that bolsters regional agricultural enterprises that create jobs in rural areas. 

    The information and views presented in this podcast do not necessarily reflect official positions of the Federal Reserve System and do not constitute an endorsement of any organization or program.

    • 13 min
    Ep. 2.1: Access to Job Success

    Ep. 2.1: Access to Job Success

    This episode explores a holistic workforce development model that improves employee engagement, retention and advancement opportunities. It features an interview with former HUD Secretary Julián Castro. 

    The information and views presented in this podcast do not necessarily reflect official positions of the Federal Reserve System and do not constitute an endorsement of any organization or program.

    • 15 min
    Ep. 1.4: Access to Healthy Neighborhoods

    Ep. 1.4: Access to Healthy Neighborhoods

    This episode explores the intersection of community development and health. It features an organization that builds healthy, vibrant and safe neighborhoods by engaging community residents.
    The information and views presented in this podcast do not necessarily reflect official positions of the Federal Reserve System and do not constitute an endorsement of any organization or program.

    • 18 min
    Ep. 1.3: Access to Next-Stage Growth for Small Businesses

    Ep. 1.3: Access to Next-Stage Growth for Small Businesses

    Small businesses are a vital component of thriving neighborhoods. This episode highlights a data-driven program and curriculum that helps established small businesses achieve scale. It also features two small business owners who were able to grow their operations and contribute to the economic resilience of their communities through participation in the program.
    The information and views presented in this podcast do not necessarily reflect official positions of the Federal Reserve System and do not constitute an endorsement of any organization or program.

    • 22 min
    Ep. 1.2: Access to Community Ownership

    Ep. 1.2: Access to Community Ownership

    This episode highlights an important affordable housing solution—manufactured home communities, or what are more colloquially known as mobile home parks. It features organizations helping manufactured home residents across the country take ownership of their communities to improve economic stability and security.
    The information and views presented in this podcast do not necessarily reflect official positions of the Federal Reserve System and do not constitute an endorsement of any organization or program.

    • 24 min
    Ep. 1.1: Access to Affordable Consumer Credit

    Ep. 1.1: Access to Affordable Consumer Credit

    Most of us have needed additional cash at one time or another for unexpected and unbudgeted expenses such as medical bills or car repairs. Payday and auto-title loans are a quick solution to make ends meet in a bind, yet they usually come at a high cost. These loan storefronts are most typically found in lower-income neighborhoods because that's where consumers don't usually have emergency savings; they're living paycheck to paycheck.
    This episode highlights how this issue affects individuals and families who find themselves in a crisis and showcases an initiative that provides an alternative to payday and auto-title loans called the Community Loan Center.
    The information and views presented in this podcast do not necessarily reflect official positions of the Federal Reserve System and do not constitute an endorsement of any organization or program.

    • 25 min

Customer Reviews

4.6 out of 5
7 Ratings

7 Ratings

Adal85372 ,

A great listen

Nice to hear about the exciting work going on across our country.

Joseph Barnes ,

Episodes 1 and 2

Insightful and thought provoking. Looking forward to hearing more.

LisaLis83 ,

Episode 1

Very well done. A complex topic was made easy to understand and interesting.

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