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Levin College Awarded $250,000 to Research Equitable Neighborhood Development

Dr. Roland V. Anglin, Dean and Professor at the Maxine Goodman Levin School of Urban Affairs, and a team of researchers in Levin’s Center for Economic Development (CED), including Molly Schnoke, Project Manager, and Dr. Iryna V. Lendel, Director of the CED, have been awarded a two-year, $250,000 grant from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF) as a part of RWJF's "Policies for Action: Research on Housing Policies That Promote Equity" program. Levin partner Cleveland Neighborhood Progress is also part of the research team. The project is titled “Investing in the Middle: A New Approach to Deliver on the Promise of Equitable Neighborhood Development,” and the team will work to address equity and health in middle neighborhoods. Middle neighborhoods are areas in legacy industrial cities like Cleveland that have long been home to middle-class and working-class residents. They are opportunity-rich with place-based resources, but risk falling into a distressed state because of lack of investment. Dr. Anglin and his team will perform actionable research in the areas of strategic investments and policy innovations that have the potential to increase housing affordability and neighborhood stability. Their research and learning will inform the work of policymakers, funders, and community development practitioners across America's industrial heartland.