Expanding Opportunity: New Resources to Meet California's Housing Needs

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makes the case for a dedicated source of funding for California’s housing trust fund and provides a menu of viable options. The report draws from interviews with over 50 key experts in state housing policy, industry, tax, and budget issues. It presents an in-depth economic analysis and surveys best practices of housing trust funds across the nation to show how such funding can stabilize affordable housing opportunities across the state’s diverse communities.

Advocating for Equitable Development

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Provides a manual for advocates who are interested in building and applying skills to achieve economic and social equity.

Community-Based Strategies for Improving Latino Health

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Reviews common barriers to improved health among various Latino populations, including neighborhood issues, language conflict, and changing diet, and explores promising policy options and successful community-based efforts.

Increasing Housing Opportunity in New York City

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Makes recommendations for using inclusionary zoning (IZ) in New York City by drawing on success stories nationwide, identifying five New York neighborhoods currently slated for rezoning, and showing how IZ can increase affordable housing in those communities and whenever city neighborhoods are rezoned.

The Influence of Community Factors on Health: An Annotated Bibliography

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Developed by PolicyLink, and funded by The California Endowment, this annotated bibliography contains more than 150 entries of research on how community factors affect health. This resource provides insight into the ways that researchers have investigated community effects on health, their findings, and the program and policy implications that researchers have drawn from their work. (html and print publication)

CDCs with Resident Shareholders - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Offers low-income residents the opportunity to own equity in real estate projects spearheaded by community development corporations (CDCs). (2004)

Code Enforcement - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Can be an important tool for protecting tenants. (2004)

Commercial Linkage Strategies - Equitable Development Toolkit

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A range of programs and fees that tie economic development to the construction of affordable housing. (2004)

Community Land Trusts - Equitable Development Toolkit

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This alternative property ownership model encourages permanent affordability and wealth-building. (2004)

Community Mapping - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Mapping can be used to advocate for community benefits, convey development opportunities, track vacant properties, and more. (2004)

Community Reinvestment Act - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Congressional mandate that financial institutions help meet credit needs of the communities in which they operate, including low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. (2004)

Cooperative Ownership Models - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Co-op models targeted to low- income residents can offer financial benefits, business skills, and experience in running a democratically- controlled enterprise. (2004)

Developers Exactions - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Requires new commercial developments to contribute fees to the development of affordable housing, community services and infrastructure. (2004)

Employer-Assisted Housing - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Most EAH programs help employees purchase homes—often near their workplace. They can provide rental assistance or increase the housing in the surrounding community affordable for an employer's workers. (2004)

Expiring Use: Retention of Subsidized Housing - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Preserve affordable rental units by protecting subsidized housing units with expiring contracts. (2004)

Housing Trust Funds - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Public funds, established by legislation, ordinance or resolution, to receive specific revenues dedicated to affordable housing development. (2004)

Inclusionary Zoning - Equitable Development Toolkit

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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. (2003)

Infill Incentives - Equitable Development Toolkit

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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. (2004)

Just Cause Eviction Controls - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Implement these laws to protect renters against being unfairly evicted by landlords who want to capitalize on the explosive rental and housing markets. (2004)

Living Wage Provisions - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Ordinances that ensure the employees of public contractors, private contractors receiving public sector funding, and public employees are paid wages at pace with regional cost of living measures. (2004)

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