WATCH: Robin Hood Foundation Launches Mobility LABs

The foundation announced an ambitious new four-year $25 million initiative to develop sustainable paths to opportunity for low-income families in five U.S. communities: New York, Chicago, Baltimore, the San Francisco Bay area and Northeast Pennsylvania.

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In Baltimore, Cautious Optimism Over Opportunity Zones

The nascent federal Opportunity Zone initiative is inspiring optimism among developers and policymakers in Baltimore, even as questions remain about who will benefit from the program.

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What the Shutdown Means for Federal Benefits for Low-Income Americans

Recipients of SNAP and TANF benefits will feel serious impacts the longer the federal shutdown stretches on.

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