The People & Places Collaborative represents community development organizations across the nation. We are committed to creating conditions where residents can shape the destiny of their neighborhoods, securing their long-term stability, health, and prosperity. 

The collaborative is led by three organizations:

Pillars of Our Work

Our collaborative efforts are organized around three pillars, which each play a vital role in advancing community development and fostering a more just and equitable society for all. 

  • Community Power

  • Equitable Funding Distribution and Data 

  • Accountability

Together, we strive to combat structural racism and economic disparity through convenings and strategic policy advocacy. View the People & Places Council.

2024 Policy PRIoRITIES

We advocate with policymakers at all levels of the federal government to address systemic challenges and champion opportunities for the advancement communities nationwide. View the 2024 Policy Priorities that we use to advocate at all levels of the federal government.

Affordable Housing priorities:

  • Ensuring access to safe, quality homes drives our policy efforts for broader affordable housing solutions.

  • Leading efforts to reform the HOME Investment Partnerships Program for small and medium-sized community-based organizations to better serve communities

  • Advocating for increased funding and improvements to programs like the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit.

Small Business & Entrepreneurship priorities:

  • Championing small businesses as economic catalysts, especially in underserved communities.

  • Expanding programs like the U.S. Small Business Administration Microloan Program.

  • Pushing for inclusivity and permanence in programs like the Community Advantage Program.

Community Development priorities:

  • Advocating for policies that create inclusive communities with opportunities for all, such as the Community Reinvestment Act. Read our statement about a lawsuit that could overturn newly-established Community Reinvestment Act regulations

  • Addressing barriers to equitable growth and development, such as rising insurance costs.

  • Advocating for adequate funding and equitable resource distribution in programs like the Community Development Financial Institutions Fund.

Equitable Access priorities:

  • Advocating for greater representation and improved language access in federal programs and promote equitable access on federal advisory, regulatory, and governance committees.

  • Advocating for greater representation and improved language access in federal programs.

  •  Protecting the integrity and funding of the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau.

People & Places Events

Uniting Leaders for Impactful Change

At the People & Places Collaborative, we convene leaders from across the nation to tackle the most pressing issues facing our communities today. Through our events, we bring together community development organizations to forge solutions that drive substantial and sustainable impact.

  • Watch for an announcement for our 2025 People & Places Conference! 
  • View our recent People & Places Policy Convening event agenda. We brought a group of 70 community development leaders to the nation’s capital in May 2024 to champion the needs of underserved communities.