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

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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 voice, participation, and leadership. It illustrates how these principles can positively impact the rebuilding and recovery efforts throughout the state of Louisiana.

Community Strategies to Prevent Asthma - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Strategies and resources for improving air quality in homes, in schools, and outdoors. (2008)

Transit Oriented Development - Equitable Development Toolkit

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

Grocery Store Attraction Strategies: A Resource Guide for Community Activists and Local Governments

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Provides nuts and bolts resources to help communities organize a coordinated strategy for grocery store attraction in low-income communities.

Why Place Matters: Building the Movement for Healthy Communities

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This report states that where you live determines how well you live, and that available resources are not always equally distributed. Communities of color and low-income communities face harmful community environments, such as poverty, toxins, or economic disinvestment, that compromise individual and community health.

Delivering on the Promise of Inclusionary Housing: Best Practices in Administration and Monitoring

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Outlines several of the most common tasks associated with ongoing administration of inclusionary housing programs and describes some of the common approaches to staffing and paying for implementation.

Voices from Forgotten Cities: Innovative Revitalization Coalitions in America's Older Small Cities

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Provides a thematic summary of MIT’s Forgotten Cities seminars and a framework and analysis that arose from the discussions about daunting economic challenges faced by smaller industrial cities and the promise they hold.

Building a Better New Orleans: Hope Needs Help

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Highlights tremendous strides made by New Orleans' most vulnerable people after Hurricanes Rita and Katrina and also calls on the federal government, the private sector, and the public to do more to create a truly vibrant and equitable city.

Connecting Working Families to Economic Opportunities in the Philadelphia Region: The Role of Employers

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Describes barriers to economic success faced by working families and puts forth strategies that employers, government, and the nonprofit sector can use to overcome these barriers with a focus on programs for job training, housing, transportation, and community revitalization partnerships.

Grow Newark: Building Newark's Economy by Investing in Minority and Women-Owned Small Businesses

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Examines the challenges facing women- and minority-owned businesses in Newark, NJ, and provides recommendations based on best practices that have been proven successful in other cities.

Brownfields - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Encourage redevelopment of brownfields (abandoned, idled, or underutilized commercial or industrial sites). (2007)

Affordable Housing - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Based on a workshop, this is an umbrella tool that introduces advocates to affordable housing strategies and helps them match their goals with appropriate tools. (2007)

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.

A Place for Healthier Living: Improving Access to Physical Activity and Healthy Foods

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Discusses a multi-level approach to improving diet and activity, describes a variety of successful community-level and legislative actions that can serve as models, and makes broad recommendations for further policy and action.

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)

Local Hiring - Equitable Development Toolkit

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An array of strategies that connect economically marginalized communities to regional job opportunities. (2004)

Minority Contracting - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Ensures that healthy local businesses owned by people of color are a basic component of strong, sustainable communities. (2004)

Real Estate Transfer Taxes - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Techniques through which tax regulations can limit two destabilizing practices in low- and moderate-income communities: delinquency and speculation. (2004)

Rent Control - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Protections to slow the pace of rapidly escalating rental prices. (2004)

Commercial Stabilization - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Effective techniques employed by community-based organizations to preserve cultural organizations and longstanding commercial enterprises that define the historic character of communities. (2004)

Resident-Owned CDFIs - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Resident-owned community financial institutions build assets for low-income residents and provide them with a stronger voice in neighborhood development and revitalization. (2004)

Limited Equity Housing Cooperatives

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A partnership in which residents collectively own and control their housing. 

Dealing with Neighborhood Change: A Primer on Gentrification and Policy Choices

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Serves as a primer on how to view the complex issue of gentrification,  and suggests policies and strategies that can be pursued to advance equitable development by optimizing the benefits of neighborhood change while minimizing or eliminating the downsides of such change.

Leadership for Policy Change

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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.

Investing in a Sustainable Future: An Analysis of ACA 14 and SCA 11

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Addresses California’s growth, looks at how local communities are struggling to address unmet community infrastructure needs that impact quality of life, analyzes the infrastructure shortfall, and makes the case for two constitutional amendments that were under consideration in the California state legislature in 2003.

Promise and Challenge: Achieving Regional Equity in Greater Boston

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Ties the principles of equitable development to smart growth, prioritizes policy opportunities in Greater Boston, and includes strategies to improve current policies and advocate for new directions, such as the application of equity criteria to all publicly subsidized development.

Reducing Health Disparities Through a Focus on Communities

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Frames the issue of health disparities and communities in a comprehensive, integrated manner and suggests what new strategies, approaches, and policies may be needed.

Regional Development and Physical Activity: Issues and Strategies for Promoting Health Equity

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Explores the connection between development patterns, physical activity, and poor health and examines how neighborhoods that have become racially segregated and economically isolated as a result of sprawling development patterns offer few opportunities to be physically active.

Building A Healthier Sacramento Region: An Analysis of AB 680

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Synthesizes existing research on land use and regional development and provides an analysis of the potential benefits of a California Assembly Bill that would have addressed inequitable sales tax distribution, rewarded smart growth projects, and encouraged development that fosters regional cooperation and meets smart growth principles.

Bridging the Organizational Divide: Toward a Comprehensive Approach to the Digital Divide

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Explores the  intersection between the community building and community technology movements and efforts to push it forward to new places with greater synergy and policy impact.

Achieving Equity through Smart Growth: Perspectives from Philanthropy

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Reflects the learning of foundation leaders who have supported the innovators of regional equity work and crafted new institutional mechanisms to advance comprehensive equity strategies, and provides a blueprint for assessing practices in the field and ensuring that current residents benefit by new investments in the region.

Communities Gaining Access to Capital: Social Equity Criteria and Implementation Recommendations for the Community Capital Investment Initiative (CCII)

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A report by PolicyLink and Urban Habitat, that examines social equity guidelines for Community Capital Investment Initiative (CCII) projects. These guidelines are a tool for community-based organizations to take control of the CCII development process in their communities. CCII is attracting investment capital for keystone community development projects which have been identified and developed by community-based organizations in low-income neighborhoods, in partnership with business, environmental and government leaders.

Community-based Initiatives Promoting Regional Equity: Profiles of Innovative Programs from Across the Country

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Documents promising practices of community-based regionalism (CBR) throughout the country to constitute the beginning of an inventory of innovative strategies, employed by communities, to address the economic and social inequities experienced by urban and minority residents in metropolitan regions.

Perspectives on Regionalism: Opportunities for Community-based Organizations to Advance Equity

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Captures an initial understanding of the national debate on regionalism and strategies as a way to begin development of a policy agenda that has equity at its core.

Organized for Change: The Activist's Guide to Police Reform

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Contains strategies to help advocates move their police departments closer to a vision of community-centered policing.

Community Involvement in the Federal Healthy Start Program

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Provides a comprehensive new look at the role of community involvement in Healthy Start and presents study results showing that sustained community involvement significantly enriched programs.

Fighting Childhood Asthma: How Communities Can Win

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Provides an overview of current efforts to improve the prevention, tracking, diagnosis, and treatment of childhood asthma and accompanying opportunities for policy change. Asthma is a growing problem for children and families in California and in the nation as a whole. While children of all socioeconomic status contract asthma, it disproportionately affects low-income children, particularly African American and Latino children. Moreover, for uninsured and underinsured children, lack of access to care can exacerbate a vulnerable health status.

From Protest to Proposal: A Police-Community Relations Forum - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Published in 2001, this report highlights proceedings from a convening held in Cincinnati to discuss promising police practices in cities across the nation and to explore possible application locally.  The goal was to bring together a diverse group of stakeholders to explore strategies for improving community-police relations; develop a shared understanding of community-centered police practices; and to develop an action agenda grounded in the the experience of local communities and police departments that have achieved some measure of sucess in addressing similar conditions.

Community-Centered Policing: A Force for Change

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Highlights some of the promising, community-centered police practices being implemented throughout the country: practices that are opening police departments to traditionally underrepresented communities; engaging communities as partners in solving neighborhood problems; and making police departments more accountable to the communities they serve and protect. (2001)

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