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)

Trying Hard Is Not Good Enough

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Authored by Mark Friedman, “Trying Hard is Not Good Enough” details the Results-Based Accountability™ (RBA) framework. Results-Based Accountability (RBA) is a disciplined, data-driven approach to move from talk to action and improve outcomes for children and families, at the local, regional, and national level. Promise Neighborhoods can use this approach to: accelerate their achievement of Promise Neighborhoods results, measure the success of their strategies and utilize these measurements to improve performance, and move into highly aligned action to execute a cradle-to-career continuum of services and supports. 

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)

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