Working with regions to create communities of opportunity through equity-focused planning
Developing and advocating for transportation policies that advance economic and social equity
Reforming policies to address deficits in disadvantaged unincorporated communities
Working with partners to advocate for economic inclusion in infrastructure and workforce policies
Smart, targeted, and equitable public infrastructure investments can generate enormous community benefits—jobs, business opportunities, access to public transportation, and quality affordable housing.
When we invest in infrastructure, we must always ask: Who pays? Who benefits? Who bears the environmental impacts? And, who decides? To ensure everyone benefits from these public investments, everyone—including and especially residents of low-income communities and communities of color—must have a seat at the negotiating table.
The Center for Infrastructure Equity advocates for fair and inclusive policies and provides advocates, public officials, and other stakeholders with the tools, training, and consultation needed to ensure that public investiments in infrastructure create economic opportunity and health in all communities.
The Grow America Act -- a $302 billion, four-year surface transportation reauthorization proposal, which was submitted to Congress by the Obama Administration in April 2014 -- provides a formula and discretionary funding for construction and maintenance of highways, roads, bridges, transit, as well as bicycle and pedestrian infrastructure. It includes a focus on increased access to “ladders of opportunity” through investments in projects that connect people to centers of employment, education, and critical services. Check out the blog for key equity provisions in the legislation.
Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule would help people of color, families, and people with disabilities move to communities of opportunity while simultaneously investing in neighborhoods that have been left behind. This rule would build more ladders to opportunity throughout distressed neighborhoods in America, and should be enacted as soon as possible.
We need you to call your Senators and ask them to sign on to the AFFH support letter circulating from Senator Sherrod Brown.
The PolicyLink Center for Infrastructure Equity developed a paper outlining successful strategies that have been used to help businesses survive and thrive in two cities—Seattle, Washington, and St. Paul, Minnesota—that have recently built extensive new light rail lines through neighborhoods rich with small, local, minority- and immigrant-owned businesses. Go to the library to download the report.
Partnership for Sustainable Communities: Five Years of Learning from Communities and Coordinating Federal Investments
In celebration of the fifth anniversary of the Partnership for Sustainable Communities, HUD, DOT, and EPA released their five year annual report. This report shows how the three agencies are changing their policies and removing barriers to help communities provide more housing choices, make transportation systems more efficient and reliable, and create vibrant neighborhoods while protecting the environment.