Designing the Next Generation of Federal Place-Based Policy: Insights from Past and Ongoing Programs


Efforts to advance racial equity and boost upward mobility will require a robust national commitment to reversing the legacy of segregation and disinvestment that disproportionately harm low-income communities of color. The federal government can play a central role by catalyzing and supporting reparative work within communities, in partnership with local and state governments, regional coalitions, and philanthropy. This report presents findings from a scan of 33 past and ongoing federal place-based programs to inform future policies. It reflects advice and input from a policy working group made up of policymakers and civic leaders with broad and deep experience working in communities across the country. We envision that the next generation of federal policies focused on places will (1) confront racial inequity and injustice, (2) bridge sectors and policy domains, (3) respect and build community voice and power, (4) deliver sufficient resources and lasting system reforms, and (5) promote a culture of learning through evidence and evaluation. Download executive summary.