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Economic Mobility Strategy Guide


HOPE is proud to share with you the HBCU-CDFI Economic Mobility Strategy Guide.


This document details key findings from a unique collaboration designed to answer the question: How can Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs) and Historically Black Colleges and Universities collaborate to augment and leverage the position of HBCUs as anchor institutions to increase economic mobility in low-income communities?


Responding to the question, HOPE, a CDFI that serves the Deep South region of the US, Jackson State University, located in Mississippi’s capital city, and Mississippi Valley State University, based in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, partnered with stakeholders in the communities surrounding each campus to identify needs and prioritize strategies to address conditions associated with persistent and concentrated poverty.