All Tools

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    Access to Healthy Food

    Focuses on four tools -- Grocery Store Dev., Corner Stores, Farmers Markets, and Urban Ag. and Community Gardens -- that help increase access to healthy, fresh, affordable food. (Created January 2010)

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    Affordable Housing Development 101

    This umbrella tool introduces advocates to affordable housing strategies and helps them match their goals with appropriate tools. (Created January 2007)

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    Brownfields

    Encourages redevelopment of brownfields -- abandoned, idled, or underutilized commercial or industrial sites. (Created July 2007)

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    CDCs with Resident Shareholders

    Offers low-income residents the opportunity to own equity in real estate projects spearheaded by CDCs. (Created November 2001)

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    Code Enforcement

    Can be an important tool for protecting tenants. (Created March 2002)

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    Commercial Linkage Strategies

    A range of programs and fees that tie economic development to the construction of affordable housing. (Created July 2002)

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    Commercial Stabilization

    Techniques employed by organizations to preserve cultural organizations and longstanding commercial enterprises that define the historic character of communities. (Created July 2002)

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    Community Land Trusts

    This alternative property ownership model encourages permanent affordability and wealth-building. (Created June 2001)

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    Community Mapping

    Mapping can be used to advocate for community benefits, convey development opportunities, track vacant properties, and more. (Created April 2001)

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    Community Reinvestment Act

    Congressional mandate that financial institutions help meet credit needs of the communities in which they operate. (Created November 2001)

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    Cooperative Ownership Models

    Co-op models targeted to low- income residents can offer financial benefits and experience in running a democratically- controlled enterprise. (Created February 2002)

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    Corner Stores

    Offers residents, policymakers, business leaders, and advocates ideas and strategies for improving small stores in underserved communities. (Created May 2010)

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    Developers Exactions

    Requires new commercial developments to contribute fees to the development of affordable housing, community services and infrastructure. (Created February 2002)

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    Employer-Assisted Housing

    Most EAH programs provides rental assistance or increases the housing in the surrounding community for an employer's workers. (Created October 2007)

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    Farmers Market

    Details the challenges associated with starting and sustaining farmers' markets in low-income communities of color. (Created 2010)

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    Foreclosed Properties

    Use this tool to steer neighborhoods back to sustainable recovery after foreclosure processes are well underway. (Created July 2009)

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    Grocery Stores

    Highlights a number of innovative strategies to help address the food access challenges and provides guidance for attracting fresh food retail into underserved communities.  (Created 2010)

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    Housing Trust Funds

    Public funds, established by legislation, ordinance or resolution, to receive specific revenues dedicated to affordable housing development. (Created June 2001)

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    Inclusionary Zoning

    Land use regulation mandating a percentage (usually 15-20%) of the housing units in all larger projects be affordable to people of low and moderate incomes. (Created 2003) 

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    Infill Incentives

    Infill incentives can produce new housing units, reduce blight, preserve open space, reduce traffic, and encourage retail development that serves the needs of existing residents. (Created March 2002)

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    Just Cause Eviction Controls

    Implement these laws to protect renters against being unfairly evicted by landlords who want to capitalize on the rental/housing market. (Created March 2002)

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    Living Wage Provisions

    Ordinances that ensure the employees of public/private contractors receiving public sector funding, and public employees are paid wages at pace with regional cost of living measures. (Created December 2001)

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    Local Hiring

    An array of strategies that connect economically marginalized communities to regional job opportunities. (Created August 2002)

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    Minority Contracting

    Ensures that healthy local businesses owned by people of color are a basic component of strong, sustainable communities. (Created August 2002)

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    Real Estate Transfer Taxes

    Techniques through which tax regulations can limit two destabilizing practices in low- and moderate-income communities: delinquency and speculation. (Created January 2003)

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    Rent Control

    Protections to slow the pace of rapidly escalating rental prices. (Created December 2001)

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    Resident-Owned CDFIs

    Resident-owned community financial institutions build assets for low-income residents. (Created February 2002)

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    Transit Oriented Development

    How to implement TOD -- mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented communities located around public transit stations -- in a way that achieves equity goals. (Created April 2008)