Thought Leadership Pieces

USI’s commitment to supporting redevelopment work is found not only in the implementing of transformation plans at the community level but also through data-driven, thought-provoking content meant to elevate the conversation to aspire changes at the policy and national conversation level.  Our contributions include our Stories of US blog, opinion editorials, policy briefs and national recognition for expertise in the field.

National Panels

President Esther Shin and Senior Vice President Donovan Duncan at the 2018 Maryland Association of Housing and Redevelopment Agencies #MAHRA2018 Spring Conference.

USI Southern Regional Director Kristie Stutler & US MEMPHIS HOPE Director Eva Mosby presented at a 2017 HUD Economic Development panel entitled “Relocated Case Management: How to deliver Case Management and Service Delivery after relocation” 

USI Senior Vice President Donovan Duncan presented at a 2017 HUD Economic Development panel entitled “Connecting to Employment: Empowering Residents and Creating Pathways to Self-Sufficiency”. He begins at the 20:55 mark but we encourage you to watch the entire panel.

Stories of Urban Strategies (U.S.) Blog

Our Stories of U.S. aims to connect readers to people living in distressed urban communities across the United States. We use real-life stories and data to help people understand the challenges, opportunities, and strengths of the families with whom we partner in this work.  Our hope is to inspire our readers. Our belief is that all of US have a part to play in creating strong communities. Our vision is that, together, we can create a world where all families are STABLE and THRIVING.

 

The Big 4-0

USI turns 40 this year and in this installment, we look at the success of the past and the work of the future. Read...

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Person – Role – System

This installment speaks to the Results Count framework our organization has adopted as we look at how this often heavy work shows up in...

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Of Pride and Shame

In this post, we raise the story of our youth-led social entrepreneurship program, Green Garden Bakery from our Heritage Park community in Minneapolis. These youth...

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Because Of, Not Despite

In our inaugural post, we utilize our Senior Vice President Donovan Duncan’s story to showcase how we intend to share and connect the stories...

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