Advancing Employment Equity in Rural North Carolina

Overview

North Carolina has the second largest rural population in the country, with one in three residents living in rural areas. Rural North Carolinians face higher levels of unemployment and poverty than their urban counterparts, and earn lower incomes. Changing this situation and achieving employment equity — when everyone who wants to work has access to a job that pays family-supporting wages and the lack of a good job cannot be predicted by race, gender, or geography — is crucial to the economic future of not only rural North Carolina, but that of the entire state. This is the fourth of five briefs about employment equity in southern states produced by the National Equity Atlas partnership with the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) with the support of the W.K. Kellogg Foundation. This report was released in partnership with Rural Forward NC and the NC Budget & Tax Center. Download the report, detailed methodology, and fact sheet.

The Healthy Food Financing Initiative (HFFI)

Overview

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.

The Farm to Plate Investment Program: A 10-Year Roadmap to Revitalizing Vermont’s Food System

Overview

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 way with more than 350 organizations working together as the Farm to Plate Network, including the Farm to Institution Task Force focused on increasing institutional local food procurement.

Healthy Communities of Opportunity: An Equity Blueprint to Address America’s Housing Challenges

Overview

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 Challenges weaves together insights from the fields of healthcare, housing and economic security to outline a case for progressive, equity-focused policy.

"Healthy Communities of Opportunity provides an actionable roadmap to solve the interwoven housing and health crises that impact many people. This thorough review of the housing crisis from PolicyLink and their cross-sector approach to the solutions is a significant contribution to addressing the problem."
David Fukuzawa
Managing Director, The Kresge Foundation’s Health and Human Services programs

 

For low-income people of color, where you live not only determines access to education and employment but how long you live and how well you live. This new report from PolicyLink and the Kresge Foundation puts forth an action agenda to create far greater access to vibrant, healthy communities of opportunity.
Angela Glover Blackwell
PolicyLink President and CEO

High-Quality, Affordable Childcare for All: Good for Families, Communities, and the Economy

Overview

This issue brief describes how increasing access to high-quality and affordable childcare benefits families, communities, and the economy.

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Criminal Justice Reform: Good for Families, Communities, and the Economy

Overview

This issue brief describes how transforming the nation’s criminal justice system into one that distributes justice fairly and promotes rehabilitation would benefit families, communities, and the economy.

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High-Quality Education for All: Good for Families, Communities, and the Economy

Overview

This issue brief describes how creating an equitable pre-K through 12 educational system can benefit families, communities, and the economy.

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High-Quality Elder Care for All: Good for Families, Communities, and the Economy

Overview

This issue brief describes how increasing access to high-quality and affordable elder care benefits families, communities, and the economy.

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Just and Fair Employment for All: Good for Families, Communities, and the Economy

Overview

This issue brief describes how connecting people to just and fair work benefits families, communities, and the economy.

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An Equitable Food System: Good for Families, Communities, and the Economy

Overview

This issue brief describes the benefits of building an equitable food system for families, communities, and the economy.

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High-Quality, Affordable Health Care for All: Good for Families, Communities, and the Economy

Overview

This issue brief describes how ensuring access to high-quality, affordable health care for all can benefit families, communities, and the economy.

Healthy Environments for All: Good for Families, Communities, and the Economy

Overview

This issue brief describes the economic benefits of creating healthy environments for all—both through targeted strategies that improve the quality of neighborhood environments where low-income people of color live and work, and through larger-scale shifts toward a clean energy economy that does not rely on fossil fuels.

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Homes for All: Good for Families, Communities, and the Economy

Overview

This issue brief describes the economic and community benefits of ensuring every family can live in an affordable home.

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Immigrant Inclusion: Good for Families, Communities, and the Economy

Overview

This issue brief describes how immigrant inclusion can benefit families, communities, and the economy.

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LGBTQ Inclusion: Good for Families, Communities, and the Economy

Overview

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 of equity; and share an inspiring example of a win-win solution for equity and the economy already being implemented.

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Transportation for All: Good for Families, Communities, and the Economy

Overview

This issue brief describes how building an equitable transportation system benefits families, communities, and the economy.

Youth Engagement: Good for Families, Communities, and the Economy

Overview

This issue brief describes how engaging youth benefits families, communities, and the economy.

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Building Healthy Communities of Opportunity

Overview

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 that highlights how the confluence of health and housing can potentially drive better outcomes in both fields. The groundbreaking report, "Healthy Communities of Opportunity: An Equity Blueprint to Address America’s Housing Challenges," weaves together insights from health, housing, and economic security to outline a case for progressive, equity-focused policy.

This webinar, hosted by PolicyLink and The Kresge Foundation, discusses post-recession housing challenges facing households in America, and the housing policy priorities that would create smarter, healthier, resilient, inclusive communities. The webinar featured national leaders focused on how thoughtful, coordinated investments can shape the next generation of healthy communities.

Fostering Access to Opportunity HUD’s Proposed Affirmatively Furthering Housing Rule

Overview

The Fair Housing Act of 1968 requires HUD to conduct programs in such a manner that “affirmatively furthers fair housing” – a term that has never been defined. Responding to concerns raised by the Government Accountability Office and stakeholders, the proposed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule does three key things:
 
  1. Clarifies the definition of AFFH to include actions that expand mobility for all households in opportunity-rich communities, reducing segregation and concentrated poverty – as well as actions that invest in high-poverty communities, expanding opportunity for existing residents.
  2. Improves the process that local jurisdictions undertake to ensure that HUD funds are being used to further fair housing by aligning it with Consolidated Plans for CDBG and HOME allocations and with Public Housing Plans for public housing dollars.
  3. Provides local jurisdictions with consistent data to ensure that grantees can measure their progress on reducing segregation and racially concentrated

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