Policy Reports

Community Voices Heard has been researching poverty and the governmental structures dealing with poverty extensively since our inception. We have published reports and drafted proposals describing what changes are necessary for a more fair and equal society. The links below will direct you to copies of these reports and proposals.

Stimulating Smart Investments and Job Creation in Low-Income Communities: A User-Friendly Guide to the Federal CDBG Program for Grassroots Organizations and Local Policy-Makers

In this report, some of the organizational partners in the New York Stimulus Alliance (NYSA), in partnership with the Advancement Project, take a critical look at a few of HUD’s community development programs, including CDBG, Section 108 Loans, and Section 3.

Building the Workforce: The Implementation of a Statewide Transitional Jobs Program

This Policy Memo documents the experience of New York State counties in administering a $25 million Statewide Transitional Jobs Program funded by recovery act dollars. Forty-nine counties created nearly 3,000 paid positions for welfare recipients. Although some of the counties faced challenges with implementation, the positive impacts of the program were clear and the vast majority of counties wanted to continue implementing the program should funding permit.

A Report Card for the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA)

On August 8th, 2011 the Community Voices Heard (CVH), in partnership with the Community Development Project (CDP), CAAAV: Organizing Asian Communities, Families United for Racial and Economic Equality (FUREE), Good Old Lower East Side (GOLES), and Mothers on the Move (MOM), released a new report titled “A Report Card for the New York City Housing Authority (NYCHA): Residents’ Evaluation of NYCHA and Recommendations for Improvement.” The report is the result of a year-long, citywide, participatory research project.