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Type Model Law
Year 2005
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source California Department Of Housing And Community Development
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Housing, Public Safety
This model establishes accessibility requirements for new construction and substantial rehabilitations for individuals with physical disabilities; and provides for exemptions from compliance where it would result in undue hardship, where the construction is a result of a natural disaster,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level National
State(s) All States
Source People's Action
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Democracy & Governance, Community Development, Housing
A Homes Guarantee outlines that everyone living in the United States should have safe, accessible, sustainable, and permanently affordable housing. This proposal outlines steps the federal government needs to take to eradicate housing insecurity and homelessness in America; these...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level State
State(s) Michigan
Source Michigan League for Public Policy
Policy Areas Economic Justice
For more than five years, Michigan has had the highest unemployment rate in the Midwest. Despite this, Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) system compares very poorly with other Midwestern states in helping jobless workers as they look for work; this is due partly to its failure...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2016
Level City or Town
State(s) Texas
Source Child & Family Research Partnership
Policy Areas Economic Justice
Almost half of U.S. households do not save. This brief presents evaluation findings from a pilot program designed to help low- and middle-wage workers achieve greater financial stability through an employer-based automatic savings program. The program offers employees the opportunity...

Type Ordinance
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Madison City Council
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Housing, Public Safety, Democracy & Governance
This ordinance requires landlords to provide new tenants with voter registration forms at the time the tenant begins their residency. This obliges landlords to make new residents to the area as well as new tenants who have previously not registered to vote aware of voter registration...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, State, National
State(s) Connecticut
Source The Center for Popular Democracy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Housing, Health
Connecticut’s Latinx and immigrant communities are being disproportionately impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Make the Road Connecticut (MRCT) launched an impact survey to more fully understand key issues facing people of color and immigrants related to employment, housing, health,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level County, State, National
State(s) All States
Source Government Finance Officers Association
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Democracy & Governance
The Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF) – part of the CARES Act – provided direct assistance to state, local, and tribal governments, and designated $150 billion for counties with populations of more than 500,000. Through an assessment of the CRF, this report evaluates the effectiveness...

Type Ordinance
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) Washington
Source Seattle City Council
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Public Spaces, Housing, Public Safety, Transportation & Mobility
This ordinance establishes a variety of guidelines regarding the demolition of housing, location of accessory dwelling units, home occupations, and yards. In particular, no demolition permit for a structure containing a dwelling unit shall be issues unless certain requirements are...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2011
Level State
State(s) Michigan
Source Michigan League for Public Policy
Policy Areas Economic Justice
For more than five years, Michigan has had the highest unemployment rate in the Midwest. Despite this, Michigan’s Unemployment Insurance (UI) system compares very poorly with other Midwestern states in helping jobless workers as they look for work; this is due partly to its failure...

Type Ordinance
Year 2006
Level County
State(s) New York
Source Nassau County Legislature
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Housing, Public Safety
This ordinance creates the Commission on Human Rights that can refer complaints of discrimination in housing to administrative law judges employed by the county. The Commission staff enforces laws prohibiting discrimination in housing through investigations, conciliation, mediation,...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source National Association of County & City Health Officials
Policy Areas Data & Technology, Economic Justice, Health
In 2020, the Forces of Change survey was conducted to identify infrastructure challenges among local health departments (LHDs) caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The data highlights the capacity, preparedness, and activities of LHDs in the first year of the pandemic, including trends...

Type Ordinance
Year 2004
Level City or Town
State(s) Florida
Source Tallahassee City Commission
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Housing, Public Safety
This ordinance provides real estate developers with incentives, such as density bonuses and flexibility in design, for providing units affordable to families making 70-100% of area median income....

Type Act or Session Law
Year 2006
Level City or Town
State(s) Maryland
Source Baltimore City Council
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Housing, Public Safety
This ordinance; mandates certain percentage of set-asides for affordable units for each projects receiving major public subsidies; provides for extra cash subsidies, exemptions, waivers, and modifications in certain situations; allows for certain developments to apply for a density...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source National Alliance To End Homelessness
Policy Areas Housing, Public Safety
This guide explains chronic homelessness and describes how cities can help by providing access to permanent housing. Switching to policy strategies that emphasize access to permanent housing can significantly reduce the cost of providing services for homeless populations, and in many...

Type Act or Session Law
Year 1989
Level City or Town
State(s) Alabama
Source Chicago City Council
Policy Areas Housing, Public Safety
This ordinance establishes a non-profit corporation in the form of a trust fund to address the permanent housing needs of residents whose income is at or below 50% of the median income....

Type Ordinance
Year 2009
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source New York City Council
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Energy
This ordinance requires lighting systems to be upgraded and sub-meters to be installed in certain covered buildings based on square footage. It also requires that each tenant or subtenant within a covered tenant space that has a sub-meter to measure electrical consumption shall be...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Urban Habitat
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Housing
Rent control and just-cause eviction policies are essential to stabilizing communities, and protecting low-income and working-class people from unaffordable rents, poor housing conditions, and no-cause evictions. The goal of this report is to investigate and challenge common arguments...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level State, National
State(s) All States
Source Prenatal-to-3 Policy Impact Center
Policy Areas Health, Children & Families
The first three years of life are the most sensitive for a child’s developing brain and body. Exposure to chronic stressors during these years can lead to physical, cognitive, and emotional health problems in the future that can be costly for families and society to navigate. This...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) Rhode Island
Source Women's Fund of Rhode Island
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Democracy & Governance, Health, Children & Families
The Rhode Island Women’s Well-Being Index provides a comprehensive, composite measure of how women are faring, broken down by city/town and county where data is available. The data and indicators used are a compilation of each dimension's policy briefs and show the latest statewide...

Type Ordinance
Year 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) Maryland
Source Baltimore City Council
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Housing, Public Safety
This ordinance extends the registration requirements for non-owner-occupied dwelling units to encompass vacant structures; modifies the information required for registration statements; modifies the fees for registration; modifies or repeals certain registration fee exceptions; modifies...

Type Ordinance
Year 2008
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Los Angeles City Council
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Community Development, Public Spaces, Housing, Public Safety
This ordinance establishes the status of residential hotel units, regulates the demolition and conversion of these units to other uses, and establishes appropriate administrative and judicial remedies. This ordinance will minimize the adverse impact of the loss of residential hotel...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County, State, National
State(s) All States
Source Institute for Local Self-Reliance
Policy Areas Economic Justice
Cities, counties, states, and community organizations have established more than 800 programs to provide financial assistance to small businesses during the COVID-19 pandemic. As these programs provided by local and state governments run out of funds, this report argues that additional...

Type Ordinance
Year 2010
Level City or Town
State(s) Missouri
Source St. Louis City Council
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Community Development, Public Spaces, Housing, Public Safety, Education
The ordinance prohibits discrimination based on race, color, age, religion, sex, familial status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin or ancestry in housing, employment, education, services, public accommodations, and real property transactions...

Type Act or Session Law
Year 2013
Level County
State(s) Oregon
Source Multnomah County
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This ordinance prohibits public and private institutions and organizations from discriminating against individuals on the basis of any identity trait. This ordinance provides legal recourse for individuals who have been discriminated against and provides a specific listing of protected...

Type Act or Session Law
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) Washington, D.C.
Source Council Of The District Of Columbia
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This act declares that it is an unlawful practice for an employing agency to fail or refuse to consider an individual for employment because of that individual's status as unemployed. The act prohibits employing agencies to public advertisements or announcements for a vacancy that...

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