A large part of developing communities with shared prosperity in mind means helping small businesses gain access to credit.
Local businesses can help communities to thrive through providing tax revenue to cities and by providing jobs. However, many small businesses and start up companies need access to financing and development centers in order to get started or expand. According to the research through policy maps, Ivy City does not have any small business development centers within or close to the neighborhood.
Another important component to shared prosperity is access to banks and financing for local residents. With access to capital, residents can buy and maintain houses.
Within the Ivy City neighborhood, there are only a few opportunities for residents to gain access to banks and financing opportunities.
Pictures and research
Unemployment data in Washington, D.C. from the Federal Reserve's FRED database
SNAP beneficiaries in Washington, D.C. from the Federal Reserve's FRED database
Disconnected Youth in D.C. (Aged 16-19 not in school and not employed) from the Federal Reserve's FRED database
Homeownership Rate in Washington, D.C. from the Federal Reserve's FRED database
In our study of Ivy City, we reviewed the voter turnout of the neighborhood. Through the map below, you can see that neighborhood turnout in the 2016 general election was 55%-60%.
Additionally, based on our research of the neighborhood, Ivy City residents voted largely for Clinton in the last Presidential election.
Citizen engagement in Ivy City
Charities and Homeless Shelters:
Catholic Charities: New York Avenue Low Barrier Shelter
The shelter provides men in need with: a hot meal, cot, and shower facilities, as well as access to employment programs and a medical clinic.
For more information, visit: https://www.catholiccharitiesdc.org/housing-shelter/newyorkave/
Empower DC is a grassroots advocacy campaign for resident engagement within Ivy City. The campaign seeks to empower current residents of Ivy City and ensure that their voice is heard in the redevelopment projects that are changing their neighborhood.
For more information, visit: http://empowerdc.org/?page=ivy-city-campaign-for-crummel-school
Friends of Crummell School seeks to ensure the historical integrity of the school is preserved and that any future plans for the building benefit the local community. Additionally, the Friends of Crummell School also seek to ensure that the building be accessible and utilized for the community, not just a select few.
For more information, visit: http://www.crummellschool.org/