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Reports | MZ Strategies | 2016

Advancing Equitable Transit-Oriented Development through Community Partnerships and Public Sector Leadership

This report spotlights four regional eTOD case studies and different approaches to support more inclusive growth. In Denver, a multi-sector coalition pioneered a new funding tool to acquire land near transit for equitable development. In Los Angeles, the transit agency has adopted bold new policies that commit its resources to ensuring affordable housing is developed on agency-owned real...
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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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Produced by Portal | The Food Trust, The Reinvestment Fund, PolicyLink | 2016

The Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI)

An overview of the Healthy Food Financing Initiative. A viable, effective, and economically sustainable solution to the problem of limited access to healthy foods, and can reduce health disparities, improve the health of families and children, create jobs, and stimulate local economic development in low-income communities.

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Integrating Family Financial Security into Cradle-to-Career Pipelines: Learning Lessons from Promise Neighborhoods

With support from Citi Foundation, PolicyLink and the Promise Neighborhoods Institute at PolicyLink (PNI) joined forces with five PNI communities (Brooklyn, New York; Los Angeles, California; Chula Vista, California; Orlando, Florida; and Indianola, Mississippi) to design and carry out strategies for embedding financial security into their pipelines of supports. The collaborative effort set...

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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: 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.

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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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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 benefits...

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Portland - Cultivating Diverse Leaders And An Inclusive Startup Culture

PDC, Portland’s redevelopment, urban renewal, and economic development agency, has documented that change is coming — according to the National Equity Atlas, by 2040, 42 percent of the city’s population will be people of color. Recognizing the fact that Portland’s economic future is tied to growing the wealth of the city’s communities of color, he agency made equity and inclusion the central...

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New York - Building A 21st Century Production Economy For All New Yorkers

The company has three founders of color who graduated from the Pratt Institute’s Industrial and Product Design programs in 2014 and 2015. The following year, Wear.works received an initial prototyping budget, access to mentorship and support, and other resources to launch their business as one of six fellows of the New York City Economic Development Corporation (NYCEDC)’s Next Top Makers...

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San Jose - Building Pathways To Good-Paying Jobs In The Heart Of Silicon Valley

San Jose has been a bastion of high-tech manufacturing since the emergence of Silicon Valley, but the future of this industry is far from assured. To strengthen the sector and open up opportunities for a new generation of diverse workers, the City is using a silo-busting strategy that combines business support, workforce development, and land use preservation.

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Reports | 2016

Equitable Development: The Path to an All-In Pittsburgh (Summary)

Pittsburgh is on the rise. After decades of decline following the collapse of the steel industry, the region has successfully transformed its manufacturing economy into one driven by knowledge and technology. This resurgence brings great potential to deliver long-awaited jobs, economic opportunities, and neighborhood improvements to the region’s low-income communities and communities of color....

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Reports | 2016

Equitable Development: The Path to an All-In Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh is on the rise. After decades of decline following the collapse of the steel industry, the region has successfully transformed its manufacturing economy into one driven by knowledge and technology. This resurgence brings great potential to deliver long-awaited jobs, economic opportunities, and neighborhood improvements to the region’s low-income communities and communities of color....

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Categories: Equitable Economy

Highlighting Equity in the President’s Budget Proposal for FY 2016

President Obama’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2016 is organized around his aim to grow the middle class and lift people out of poverty. The budget proposal offers programs and initiatives that can make real differences in the lives of people in the country, and especially in the lives of people of color—who will soon be the majority of the U.S. population. Click here to see equity...

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Categories: Equitable Economy

Strengthening the Pine Ridge Economy

The Pine Ridge reservation, home of Oglala Lakota people, sits within a broader regional economic context whose primary sectors include tourism, agriculture, manufacturing, and retail.1 The Pine Ridge Reservation and the Rapid City Metropolitan area are interdependent economies that, to date, channel many economic benefits off-reservation. This Equity and Opportunity Assessment identifies key...

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Values, Leadership, and Sustainability: Institutionalizing Community-Centered Policing

This brief, the fourth and final in the Beyond Confrontation Series, examines how leadership can build the values and institutional culture necessary to implement and sustain community-centered policing. The brief also highlights workforce management, information sharing, and accountability practices that integrate community policing into law enforcement agency operations over the long term.

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Limiting Police Use of Force: Promising Community- Centered Strategies

This brief, the first in the Beyond Confrontation Series, lifts up proven practices, as well as less tested but innovative and thoughtful efforts to address the use of force. It provides information to help communities better understand what standards guide the use of police force, how that force is applied across the country, and what strategies exist to minimize these acts of aggression.

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Building Momentum from the Ground Up: A Toolkit for Promoting Justice in Policing

Communities across the country that have lived for too long under the weight of discriminatory policing and mass incarceration are calling for a transformation of our policing and criminal justice systems. They are making it clear that it is time for policies to first and foremost reflect the concerns and solutions of communities most affected by flawed policing practices. The toolkit elevates...

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Webinars | 2015

Building Momentum from the Ground Up: A Toolkit for Transformative Change in Policing

Communities across the country that have lived for too long under the weight of discriminatory policing and mass incarceration are calling for a transformation of our policing and criminal justice systems — including meaningful oversight of law enforcement, accountability, an end to the criminalization of communities of color, and investments beyond federally-sponsored tanks and additional...
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Categories: Equitable Economy
Webinars | 2015

Building an Equitable Retirement System for the 21st Century

All families hope for lasting financial security, but today many families in the U.S. struggle to make ends meet, let alone prepare for their financial future. Looking ahead towards older age, families hope to pay off debts, give their children a secure start in life, and build a nest egg for retirement. However, these basic aspirations prove elusive for many, placing long-term financial...
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Webinars | 2015

Creating Equitable Food Systems with the Healthy Food Financing Initiative

Across the country, the federal Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI) is working to increase access to healthy food in low income communities and communities of color. The program is supporting food retailers that are increasing equity by improving regional food systems, creating jobs, and strengthening local economies. 
 
This webinar will highlight how healthy food projects supported by...
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Categories: Equitable Economy
Webinars | 2015

Making Regional Equity a Reality

Regional equity is a unique framework for social change that has as its goal to ensure that everyone— regardless of the neighborhood in which they live— can access what they need to participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. Leaders around the nation are using this frame to develop action plans that connect communities to living-wage jobs, affordable housing choices, public...
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Categories: Infrastructure
Webinars | 2015

Advancement for Equity: The Game Changing Rule Coming from HUD

People need to live in places where they can get a good job; feel safe; be near quality schools, health clinics, libraries, parks, and grocery stores; and have access to transportation options. However, today, and far too often, the very things people need to participate in the economy are out of reach simply due to the cost of housing in high-opportunity neighborhoods, or because the...
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Webinars | 2015

Equity in Healthy Food Access Engaging Women and Entrepreneurs of Color

This webinar will highlight strategies and valuable resources for engaging female entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs of color in financing healthy food access projects.
 
The webinar will present the economic potential of entrepreneurs of color and female entrepreneurs, common barriers and challenges to accessing capital, promising approaches for connecting smaller businesses with resources, as...
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Webinars | 2015

Equity in Healthy Food Access Engaging Women and Entrepreneurs of Color

This webinar will highlight strategies and valuable resources for engaging female entrepreneurs and entrepreneurs of color in financing healthy food access projects.
 
The webinar will present the economic potential of entrepreneurs of color and female entrepreneurs, common barriers and challenges to accessing capital, promising approaches for connecting smaller businesses with resources, as...
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Categories: Equitable Economy

Equitable Growth Profile of Fairfax County (Summary)

With a median household income of $110,292, Fairfax County, Virginia is one of the wealthiest counties in the nation—but not all residents share in this economic prosperity. As its population has grown and diversified over the past 25 years, inequities in income and opportunity by race and geography have also increased. Given that communities of color are expected to increase from 45 to 72...

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Categories: Equitable Economy

Equitable Growth Profile of Fairfax County

With a median household income of $110,292, Fairfax County, Virginia is one of the wealthiest counties in the nation—but not all residents share in this economic prosperity. As its population has grown and diversified over the past 25 years, inequities in income and opportunity by race and geography have also increased. Given that communities of color are expected to increase from 45 to 72...

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Webinars | 2015

Twitter 101 & Twitter for California Advocacy

Twitter is becoming increasingly vital to the work of California advocates, often playing a central role in policy campaigns — it’s time to take the Twitter plunge!
 
This webinar, hosted by the PolicyLink California-based communications team, is an interactive Twitter training. The first half of the webinar will address Twitter basics, such as:
 
• Why should I join Twitter?
• What is a...
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Webinars | 2015

Understanding the Role of Assets in Efforts for Boys and Men of Color

Racial and economic inequities continue to challenge low-income communities and people of color. These challenges can be exacerbated for boys and men of color due to compounded histories of economic exclusion, school push-out, and criminal justice involvement. The compounded histories have also impacted their ability of many low-income people-including boys and men of color-to build the...
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Webinars | 2015

Addressing Young Children’s Mental Health for Kindergarten Readiness

Responsive relationships with consistent primary caregivers help build positive attachments that support healthy social-emotional development. These relationships form the foundation of mental health for infants, toddlers and preschoolers.
 
"Infant mental health" is defined as the healthy social and emotional development of a child from birth to 3 years; and a growing field of research and...
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Categories: Equitable Economy
Webinars | 2015

Data Tools for Change The Child Opportunity Index

Leaders at every level recognize that a child’s well-being should not be determined by their zip code, but how can policymakers and practitioners take action to ensure healthy places for all? The Child Opportunity Index, a new tool from diversitydatakids.org and the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity, arms leaders with critical data to inform strategies that increase equity...
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Webinars | 2015

Research Your Community: Virtual Training

Research Your Community is a new mapping tool available on the Healthy Food Access Portal that can help individuals and organizations better understand the communities in which they are working in to improve access to healthy food. The tool can also be a valuable resource for your advocacy and fundraising efforts. The grocery landscape is ever changing, and data is one of many ways to paint a...
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Categories: Equitable Economy
Webinars | 2015

Tools for Social Change The National Equity Atlas

Our country is becoming more diverse, yet ingrained racial inequities remain wide and persistent. This reality makes it imperative that foundations prioritize grantmaking on strategies that promote equity, or fair and just inclusion. The National Equity Atlas, developed by PolicyLink and the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity at the University of Southern California, is a...
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Categories: Equitable Economy

Building an Equitable Economy

PolicyLink partner Adam Friedman, who leads the Pratt Center for Community Development in New York City, used Equity Atlas data to talk about the importance of inclusive growth and urban manufacturing as a critical strategy at the Philadelphia Fed’s Equitable Economic Development Conference held in Lancaster, PA. “The Atlas is a quick, easy way to analyze how an area is doing in comparison to...

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Webinars | 2015

Funding Your Healthy Food Project with USDA Resources

As a nation, we must foster a food system that ensures urban and rural communities have access to fresh and healthy foods; small and mid-size farmers can produce and market food in an economically and sustainable manner; and consumers have the resources they need to live healthy and productive lives.
 
This webinar introduces the audience to several programs at the United States Department of...
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Webinars | 2015

The New Proposed Child Support Rule: What It Means for Low-Income Fathers

On November 17, 2014, the Office of Child Support Enforcement issued a proposed rule entitled Flexibility, Efficiency, and Modernization in Child Support Enforcement Programs. The new rule proposes revisions to existing law that could significantly alter Child Support Enforcement program operations and enforcement procedures, especially for low-income fathers. Broad in scope, the changes touch...
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Categories: Equitable Economy
Webinars | 2015

Introducing the National Equity Atlas

America’s economic future depends on everyone being able to participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. The National Equity Atlas is a first-of-its-kind online resource for data and policy ideas to build an equitable economy in your region, state, and nationwide.
 
This webinar tour of the National Equity Atlas discusses how you can use this unique new data and policy tool to advance...
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Categories: Equitable Economy

Full Employment for All: The Social and Economic Benefits of Race and Gender Equity in Employment

How much stronger could the economy be if everyone who wanted a job could find one—regardless of race, ethnicity, or gender? This analysis, produced for the Fed Up campaign for Federal Reserve policies that work for communities most left behind by the recovery, estimates the potential economic gains of full employment for all. Find out what the United States economy—and the economies of the 12...

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Categories: Equitable Economy
Reports | 2015

Equity: The Soul of Collective Impact

To achieve population-level change, practitioners must learn from earlier community-building models. Achieving results requires dismantling systems in which public policies, institutional practices, cultural representations, and other norms reinforce and perpetuate racial inequity. This paper examines the collective impact model by drawing on lessons learned from collaborative, community-based...

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