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Categories: Equitable Economy
PolicyLink and PERE | 2017

An Equity Profile of Long Island

Long Island – defined as Nassau and Suffolk counties – is rapidly diversifying. Today, one in three Long Island residents is a person of color – up from roughly one in 10 residents in 1980. Black Long Islanders, who were largely excluded from the massive federally subsidized suburban development that characterizes Long Island, continue to face barriers to full social, economic, and political...

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Categories: Equitable Economy
PolicyLink and PERE | 2017

Empowering Black Long Island: How Equity Is Key to the Future of Nassau and Suffolk Counties

Long Island – defined as Nassau and Suffolk counties – is rapidly diversifying. Today, one in three Long Island residents is a person of color – up from roughly one in 10 residents in 1980. Black Long Islanders, who were largely excluded from the massive federally subsidized suburban development that characterizes Long Island, continue to face barriers to full social, economic, and political...

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Categories: Equitable Economy

Race, Place, and Jobs: Reducing Emplyment Inequality in America's Metros

The latest brief from the National Equity Atlas team, Race, Place, and Jobs: Reducing Employment Inequality in America’s Metros, analyzes the relationship between racial and spatial inequality in employment across America’s largest 150 metropolitan regions. We find that in several regions with large racial gaps in employment such as Youngstown and Milwaukee, unemployed workers of color tend to...

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Categories: Equitable Economy
PolicyLink and PERE | 2017

An Equity Profile of the Los Angeles Region

The 2017 Equity Profile of the Los Angeles Region, highlights the widening inequities in income, wealth, health and opportunity in Los Angeles County. This summary and full report was developed by PolicyLink and the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at USC, and is supported by the Weingart Foundation.

The new report underscores that, over the past several decades,...
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Creating Change through Arts, Culture, and Equitable Development

“Creating Change through Arts, Culture, and Equitable Development: A Policy and Practice Primer” highlights both promising and proven practices that demonstrate equity-focused arts and culture policies, strategies, and tools. The report describes the role of arts and culture across the nine sectors. Within each policy chart there are goals, policies, and implementation strategies that can help...

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Categories: Infrastructure
Article | PolicyLink | 2017

Transportation Matters: Closing the Chasm between Housing and Transportation to Foster Communities of Opportunity for All

"Transportation Matters: Closing the Chasm between Housing and Transportation to Foster Communities of Opportunity for All," by PolicyLink staff member Anita Cozart, appears in the American Bar Association’s Journal of Affordable Housing and Community Development Law, volume 25, issue no. 2, © 2017 American Bar Association. It examines the "chasm" that exists between the two sectors and what...

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Categories: Equitable Economy
PolicyLink and PERE | 2017

Fresno County at a Crossroads: Equity Is the Path to Health and Prosperity

Fresno is the nation’s top agricultural county, yet it struggles with slow growth, high unemployment, and an economy dominated by low-wage jobs and few pathways into the middle class. While communities of color account for 68 percent of the population — up from 38 percent in 1980 — the county’s racial inequities persist across all indicators of community health and well-being. This health...

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Categories: Equitable Economy
PolicyLink and PERE | 2017

Advancing Health Equity and Inclusive Growth in Fresno County (Profile)

Fresno is the nation’s top agricultural county, yet it struggles with slow growth, high unemployment, and an economy dominated by low-wage jobs and few pathways into the middle class. While communities of color account for 68 percent of the population — up from 38 percent in 1980 — the county’s racial inequities persist across all indicators of community health and well-being. This health...

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Categories: Equitable Economy
PolicyLink and PERE | 2017

An Equity Profile of New Orleans

New Orleans’ incredible diversity can be a tremendous economic asset if people of color are fully included as workers, entrepreneurs, and innovators. However, while the city’s economy is showing signs of resurgence after the devastation of Hurricane Katrina, rising inequality, stagnant wages, and persistent racial inequities place its long-term economic future at risk. This equity profile was...

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Categories: Equitable Economy
PolicyLink and PERE | 2017

An Equity Profile of Grand Rapids

Grand Rapids is an increasingly diverse city. While it has experienced some overall population loss over the last decade, communities of color have significantly grown – and their ability to participate and thrive is central to the city’s success. This profile shows how equitable growth is the path to sustained economic prosperity in the region. It was developed with the support of the W.K....

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Categories: Equitable Economy
PolicyLink and PERE | 2017

Advancing Health Equity and Inclusive Growth in Buffalo

With millions in public and private investments on the horizon, Buffalo, New York, is poised for resurgence. But if new investments do not address persistent racial and economic inequities, the city’s long-term economic future is at risk. This health equity and inclusive growth profile offers leaders data and strategies to undergird policy solutions to advance health equity, inclusive growth,...

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Categories: Equitable Economy
PolicyLink and PERE | 2017

Health Equity: The Path to Inclusive Prosperity in Buffalo

With millions in public and private investments on the horizon, Buffalo, New York, is poised for resurgence. But if new investments do not address persistent racial and economic inequities, the city’s long-term economic future is at risk. This health equity and inclusive growth profile offers leaders data and strategies to undergird policy solutions to advance health equity, inclusive growth,...

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Categories: Infrastructure
Webinars | 2017

What does gentrification and displacement mean for Equitable Economic Development?

In many cities, there is much debate about defining and identifying gentrification. There is also a lively debate about the relationship between economic development activities, like new retail or corridor revitalization, and displacement of residents and local businesses. Many city leaders struggle with how to understand how gentrification and displacement impacts their residents, especially...

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Categories: Equitable Economy
PolicyLink and PERE | 2017

An Equity Profile of Jackson

Since 1990, Jackson, Mississippi has experienced notable demographic growth and transformation — driven mostly by an increase in the Black and Latino populations. Today, these demographic shifts persist. By growing good jobs, connecting younger generations with older ones, integrating immigrants into the economy, Jackson can put all residents on the path towards reaching their full potential,...

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Categories: Equitable Economy
PolicyLink and PERE | 2017

An Equity Profile of Detroit City

After decades of job and population loss, the City of Detroit has shown recent signs of growth. However, this Detroit Renaissance is not enjoyed equally by all residents; deep racial disparities, declining wages, and a hollowing out of middle-wage, high-opportunity jobs threaten the city’s rebound and economic viability. Equitable development strategies will be essential if growth is to have...

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Categories: Equitable Economy
PolicyLink and PERE | 2017

An Equity Profile of Biloxi

Biloxi, Mississippi is becoming increasingly diverse despite experiencing population decline. The city’s diversity can be a tremendous economic asset if people of color are fully included as workers, entrepreneurs, and innovators. By advancing policy strategies to grow good jobs, build healthy communities of opportunity, prevent displacement, and ensure just policing and court systems, Biloxi...

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Categories: Equitable Economy

Ending the Debt Trap: Strategies to Stop the Abuse of Court-Imposed Fines and Fees

A new brief from PolicyLink, looks at ways in which the use of fines and fees has expanded over time, the impact of these practices, and the inefficiency of these policies as a budget tool for local governments. The brief lifts up promising strategies that are currently being implemented across the country to ensure that judicial fines and fees do not contribute to burdensome debt for...

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The Los Angeles Good Food Purchasing Program: Changing Local Food Systems, One School, Supplier, and Farmer at a Time

In 2011-2012, the Los Angeles Food Policy Council developed the Good Food Purchasing Program (GFPP), an innovative local food procurement policy aimed at building markets for good food to create an equitable food system for all of Los Angeles. Developed through a participatory process that engaged over 100 stakeholders and procurement experts, GFPP commits major government institutions to a...
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Webinars | 2016

Leveraging Institutional Purchasing Power to Expand Access to Healthy Food

Institutions such as hospitals, schools, businesses, and government agencies play a number of important roles in a community: service provider, employer, educator, as well as community and cultural hub. These institutions also play an important role in advancing the health and well-being of communities and can do so by leveraging their purchasing power to expand healthy food access for...
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The Farm to Plate Investment Program: A 10-Year Roadmap to Revitalizing Vermont’s Food System

This profile highlights the Farm to Plate (F2P) Investment Program, which was designed to strategically strengthen the state’s food and farm sector and encourage the purchasing of local foods.

The Vermont Legislature commissioned the Vermont Sustainable Jobs Fund to develop a strategic plan to revitalize its food and farm sectors and increase purchasing of local foods. Implementation is under...
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Healthy Communities of Opportunity: An Equity Blueprint to Address America’s Housing Challenges

From San Francisco, California to Flint, Michigan, the nation is facing an escalating housing crisis. Skyrocketing rents, inadequate infrastructure and stagnant wages are some of the barriers that are preventing millions of low-income Americans and communities of color from reaching their full potential. Healthy Communities of Opportunity: An Equity Blueprint to Address America’s Housing...

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Categories: Equitable Economy

LGBTQ Inclusion: Good for Families, Communities, and the Economy

This issue brief describes the importance of ensuring the economic inclusion of LGBTQ (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer/questioning) people.

It is one of thirteen briefs -- produced with the the Marguerite Casey Foundation -- that describe key challenges and strategies to advance equity within the issue area; provide relevant data points and research findings on the economic...

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Categories: Equitable Economy
Webinars | 2016

Introducing the National Equity Atlas Data and Policy Tool

The National Equity Atlas is a powerful online data and policy tool that helps local advocates track, measure, and make the case for equitable growth. This webinar is designed for organizations that are working to advance racial and economic equity across many policy domains.

The webinar, sponsored by the W. K. Kellogg Foundation, featured a live demonstration of the Atlas, which provides 31...

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Categories: Equitable Economy
Webinars | 2016

Data Tools for Policy Change Paid Family Leave Policies to Advance Health Equity

Leaders at every level recognize that workers should be able to take time from their jobs to care for their own health or family health issues. But policymakers and practitioners need tools to make their case to colleagues and the public, and to ensure access to paid leave for all working families, especially those who need it most. New family and medical leave indicators from...

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Webinars | 2016

Addressing the Impact of Trauma on Academic Performance and School Attendance

Exposure to a traumatic event places a young person at risk of: a lower reading proficiency, a lower grade-point average, and more days of school absences. Throughout their lifetimes, many young students living in underserved communities will experience one or more traumatic events-putting them at risk of chronic absenteeism and lower academic proficiency. During this webinar, Sue Fothergill...

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Webinars | 2016

Sustaining Parent Engagement throughout the Cradle to Career Continuum (GPRAs 12-14)

Parent and community engagement is critical to achieving and sustaining Promise Neighborhoods results. Moreover, research demonstrates that children whose parents are involved in their reading and learning are more likely to have stronger academic performances and fewer absences. During this webinar, we will be joined by Marilyn Joseph (Harlem Children’s Zone), and Alysha Price and Michelle...

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Webinars | 2016

Leveraging Policy Advocacy to Keep Students Healthy (GPRAs 8-9)

The capacity to leverage policy advocacy and systems change is critical to scaling up and sustaining efforts to ensure that youth living in Promise Neighborhoods are healthy and connected to the necessary services and supports to prepare them for college and career success. During this webinar, Rosa Ramirez Richter (Healthy Schools Campaign) will discuss best practices to achieve healthy...

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Webinars | 2016

Understanding Federal Tools for Building Youth and Family Financial Capability

On Tuesday, March 29 at 2 p.m. EST, the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink hosted a webinar that lifted up strategies to utilize federal tools to build youth and family financial capability in Promise Neighborhoods. We were joined by Anamita Gall (ICF International) and Dr. Deborah Moore (Indianola Promise Community), who shared best practices for using federal tools, such as the...

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Webinars | 2016

Building out an Effective Case Management System

A robust case management system is critical to tracking progress and improving outcomes for children and their families, along the cradle-to-career continuum. During this webinar, Mary Bogle (Urban Institute), Tara Watford (Youth Policy Institute), and Karin Scott (Indianola Promise Community) shared best practices for building a case management system that is: rooted in the Results-Based...

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Webinars | 2016

Building Healthy Communities of Opportunity

From San Francisco, California to Flint, Michigan, the nation is facing an escalating housing crisis. Skyrocketing rents, inadequate infrastructure, and stagnant wages have deep implications on both the prosperity and the health of families. With the housing market failing to serve the vast majority of Americans, PolicyLink and The Kresge Foundation partnered to develop a new equity framework...

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Webinars | 2016

Grocery Store and Retailer Scorecard

The “Grocery Store and Retailer Scorecard” is modeled on a successful and similar self-assessment scorecard developed for school lunchrooms by the Cornell University Food and Brand Lab and adopted by the United States Department of Agriculture. This webinar presents the “Grocery Store and Retailer Scorecard” tool and features speakers that highlight the behavioral economics that informed the...

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Categories: Equitable Economy
Webinars | 2016

Equitable Arts-Based Community Development

The role of arts and culture is becoming increasingly essential to economic development. According to the National Endowment for the Arts, in 2012, the production of arts and cultural goods generated more than $698 billion to the U.S. economy. However, with changing demographics along with issues of gentrification and displacement, a pressing question is emerging-- how can arts-and-culture...

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Categories: Infrastructure

Fostering Access to Opportunity HUD’s Proposed Affirmatively Furthering Housing Rule

The Fair Housing Act of 1968 requires HUD to conduct programs in such a manner that “affirmatively furthers fair housing” – a term that has never been defined. Responding to concerns raised by the Government Accountability Office and stakeholders, the proposed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule does three key things:
 
  1. Clarifies the definition of AFFH to include actions that...
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Categories: Infrastructure

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Rule is Sound Policy

While the Fair Housing Act has largely succeeded in outlawing overt housing discrimination, it has been less effective in promoting equal opportunity, in large part because of a lack of clarity and technical support surrounding the mandate to “affirmatively further” fair housing goals.

The AFFH rule provides much-needed clarification of the Fair Housing Act and provides support to HUD grantees...

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Categories: Infrastructure
Tools | 2016

AFH Roles Matrix

In this table, you will find examples of the different types of stakeholders that could be included in the AFH and what expertise and assets they may bring. You will find information on the kinds of data they might have access to, resources and in-kind support they might leverage and policies or programs they could implement to increase access to opportunity and promote fair housing.

This is...

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