Achieving Policy Impact
Unincorporated Communities: The Community Equity Initiative
Throughout the United States, millions of people live outside of central cities on pockets of unincorporated land. Predominantly African-American and Latino, and frequently low-income, these communities range from remote but concentrated settlements of industrial or agricultural laborers, to neighborhoods at the fringes of cities and towns that have been excluded from city borders. Residents of these areas often live without the most basic features of a safe and healthy environment—services like clean water, sewage lines, storm drains, streetlights, and sidewalks. Dependent on rural county governance for urban needs, these communities are systematically underserved in the overall allocation of public resources. Neglect and deprivation prevent these neighborhoods from realizing their potential as livable and economically viable communities and threaten the health, safety, and economic security of residents.