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The 2010 Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant Equity Guide

The PolicyLink Equity Guide to Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grants is designed to help applicants structure equity focused activities into their grant applications. This guide—an update of the inaugural guide released in Summer 2010 in preparation for the first round of grants—provides information on how regions can incorporate social equity into their applications for the second...

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An Engine of Opportunity: A User's Guide to Advocate for Transportation Equity in the 2009 Recovery Act

This report by PolicyLink and the Transportation Equity Network, provides a roadmap for advocates to ensure stimulus-funded public transportation projects bring hope and economic opportunity to millions of Americans hit “first and worstâ€ù by the economic downturn. The report shows advocates how they can push local, state, and federal leaders to make fair and just transportation investments...

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Bringing Home the Green Recovery: A User's Guide to the 2009 America Recovery and Reinvestment Act

This report, produced with Green for All, offers tangible, up-to-date information and ideas for using and securing recovery dollars to help expand opportunity in low-income communities and communities of color. The guide is a first step in what will be a vital nationwide effort to ensure the recovery package helps all communities rise stronger than ever from this economic crisis, and that...

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Promoting Healthy Public Policy through Community-Based Participatory Research: Ten Case Studies

This document explores 10 case studies of diverse community-based participatory research (CBPR) partnerships around the United States that have in common a commitment to foster healthy public policy. These case studies offer a window into the world of community, health department, and academic partnerships throughout the nation that are working to change policy to improve community health,...

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Regional Equity and the Quest for Full Inclusion

This framing paper, introduced at "Regional Equity 08: The Third National Summit on Equitable Development, Social Justice, and Smart Growth," during a conference hosted by PolicyLink in New Orleans examines the history of equity in America and how national and global forces are creating unique challenges and opportunities. It concludes with a vision of the future characterized by shared...

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Delivering Equitable Development to a Recovering Louisiana: A State Policy Guide for 2008 and Beyond

This report takes a thorough look at the following four principles: the integration of strategies that support people while improving places; the reduction of disparities between neighborhoods, localities, and across regions; promotion of double bottom line investments that offer financial return to investors and economic and social benefits to residents; and full and meaningful community...

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Categories: Equitable Economy
Publications | PolicyLink | 2008

Regional Equity and the Quest for Full Inclusion

This paper contends that the regional equity framework anchors our collective efforts and provides a platform for societal transformation.
It begins by providing a snapshot of regional equity in 2008, then describes how major national and global forces are creating unique challenges and opportunities for achieving equity.
 
The final section articulates a vision for full inclusion...
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Categories: Infrastructure
Publications | PolicyLink, BCT Partners | 2007

Bridging the Innovation Divide: An Agenda for Disseminating Technology Innovations within the Nonprofit Sector

Examines the results of an investigation, answers questions, and offers solutions for what can be done to speed up the diffusion of innovations and cutting-edge technology practices within the nonprofit sector to strengthen the capacity of communities for advocacy, knowledge-sharing, and economic development.

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Categories: Infrastructure
Publications | PolicyLink | 2006

Safety, Growth, and Equity: Transportation

Explores equitable transportation policies and investments, looking at how local and regional governments play the lead role in financing the construction and maintenance of our transportation infrastructure, with the federal government playing a smaller, but nevertheless significant role via subsidies.

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Community Controlled Housing for Massachusetts: Securing Affordability for the Long Term

The report, a joint publication by PolicyLink and Action for Regional Equity, examines the means by which long-term affordable housing is being preserved in Massachusetts, and in Greater Boston. It highlights some current and past efforts to acquire unregulated or market-rate housing and land for community control. The study draws on experiences in other states, and identifies a range of...

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

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...

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Categories: Infrastructure
Publications | PolicyLink | 2004

Increasing Housing Opportunity in New York City

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.

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The Influence of Community Factors on Health: An Annotated Bibliography

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...

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Categories: Equitable Economy
Publications | PolicyLink

Promoting Regional Equity

Through analysis and practical examples, the paper explores a number of key equity issues that challenge our nation today—from education to transportation to environmental justice—and situates these issues in a regional context.
 
Opportunities for action are identified and examples of community actors evolving their strategies and tactics to successfully connect their neighborhoods and...
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Categories: Infrastructure
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Leadership for Policy Change

Describes the barriers to participation of leaders of color in local and national public policy development and the strategies that can be used to remove the barriers so that leaders can use their expertise and experience to benefit low-income communities of color and the nation as a whole.

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