Social capital for communities refers to establishing trust-based networks. That means not just establishing strong connections, but reinforcing the quality of those relationships among families, communities and organizations. This is that important, underlying ingredient that determines healthy families and communities. Using four cities as case studies, this report reflects the various aspects of social capital as it pertains to immigrant neighborhoods and communities of color, showing ways that social capital can help or hinder community development.

November 4, 2004

In This Report, You’ll Learn

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    How to define social capital and its potential to help families escape poverty.

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    How social capital works for families and organizations.

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    The different context of social capital for individuals and institutions.

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    Strategies for policymakers and community program developers.