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October 2011

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Committed to Chicago

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Research Shows Housing is Important Public Health Intervention

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Webcast: Launch of New Bipartisan Housing Commission

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MacArthur Fellows Draw National Attention

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Committed to Chicago

MacArthur President Robert Gallucci highlighted the Foundation’s commitment to Chicago and its support for efforts to prevent violence in the city, reform ineffective national democratic institutions, and transform learning for the 21st century in his remarks to the City Club of Chicago. Since its founding in 1978, MacArthur has awarded nearly $1 billion to creative and effective organizations working to address pressing social challenges in the Chicago region, including support for arts and culture, community and economic development, affordable housing, juvenile justice, and education. Chicago Public Radio’s Alison Cuddy interviewed Gallucci and moderated questions from the nearly 300 nonprofit, business, education, philanthropy, government, and civic leaders in attendance.

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Video  Video: Robert Gallucci at the City Club of Chicago ››

Information sheet: MacArthur in Chicago ››

About MacArthur President Robert Gallucci ››

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Research Shows Housing is Important Public Health Intervention

Housing is an important public health intervention and can reduce health care spending in some cases by 10 percent, according to new MacArthur-supported research published in the New England Journal of Medicine.  Findings indicate that very low-income women who were given the opportunity to move to low-poverty neighborhoods were 20 percent less likely to have diabetes than women who stayed in high-poverty neighborhoods. “This study proves that concentrated poverty is not only bad for policy, it’s bad for your health,” said HUD Secretary Shaun Donovan.

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About the how housing matters research initiative ››

Information sheet: MacArthur's affordable housing grantmaking ››

Recent affordable housing grants ››

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Webcast: Launch of New Bipartisan Housing Commission

The Bipartisan Policy Center (BPC), with support from MacArthur, will launch a bipartisan Housing Commission on Wednesday, October 26 at 1:00 p.m. The bipartisan Commission will develop consensus recommendations on the most effective way to meet the future housing needs of an increasingly diverse American society. The group will include some of the nation’s leading housing experts and will develop a comprehensive, politically viable plan for consideration by the Administration and Congress. You can watch a live webcast of the launch event, featuring the four Commission Chairs: former Secretaries of Housing and Urban Development Henry Cisneros and Mel Martinez, also a former U.S. Senator; former U.S. Senator Kit Bond; and former U.S. Senator and BPC Founder George Mitchell. Former U.S. Representative Rick Lazio will moderate the session.

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Information sheet: MacArthur's affordable housing grantmaking ››

About the how housing matters research initiative ››

Recent affordable housing grants ››

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MacArthur Fellows Draw National Attention

The 2011 MacArthur Fellows named last month continue to draw significant national attention – with more than 600 news stories to date. Working across a broad spectrum of endeavors, the 22 Fellows include an architect, a sports medicine researcher, a cellist, a developmental biologist, a radio producer, a neurologist, a conservator, a poet, a technologist, and a public historian. All were selected for their creativity, originality, and potential to make important contributions in the future. Profiles include The Washington Post on elder rights lawyer Marie-Therese Connolly, Chicago Tribune on architect Jeanne Gang, Philadelphia Inquirer on historian Jacob Soll, and ABC World News Tonight on choral conductor and composer Francisco Núñez (named Person of the Week). Overview videos about the Fellows provide an introduction to their work and have been viewed more than 60,000 times.

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Meet the 2011 MacArthur Fellows ››

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The MacArthur Foundation supports creative people and effective institutions committed to building a more just, verdant, and peaceful world. In addition to selecting the MacArthur Fellows, the Foundation works to defend human rights, advance global conservation and security, make cities better places, and understand how technology is affecting children and society.

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