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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 1989
Level City or Town
State(s) Illinois
Source Chicago City Council
Policy Areas Housing, Economic Justice
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 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 Ordinance
Year 1990
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source San Francisco Board of Supervisors
Policy Areas Community Development, Public Spaces, Economic Justice, Housing
This ordinance established the status of residential hotel units by regulating the demolition and conversion of residential hotel units to other uses. Its purpose is to minimize the adverse impact on the housing supply and on displaces low income, elderly, and disabled persons resulting...

Type Model Law
Year 2005
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source California Department Of Housing And Community Development
Policy Areas 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 Ordinance
Year 2013
Level County
State(s) Wisconsin
Source Philadelphia City Council
Policy Areas Housing, Civil Rights
This ordinance grants housing applicants the right to a written explanation if they are denied tenancy in some housing or apartment complexes. This ordinance requires the lessor or property owner to include an option for applicants to indicate their request of a written denial of...

Type Model Law
Year 2007
Level City or Town
State(s) Massachusetts
Source Executive Office Of Energy And Environmental Affairs
Policy Areas Housing, Public Safety
This ordinance: requires a permit for any development that results in a net increase of 10 or more dwelling units and the grant of a Special Permit from the Board of Appeals or other designated Special Permit Granting Authority for such a development; requires that any developer using...

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 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) Virginia
Source Alexandria City Council
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Economic Justice
This ordinance establishes regulations regarding the required wage rate for public contracts. It stipulates that contractors must pay their employees, assigned to work on city-owned or controlled property, an hourly rate equal to the average poverty threshold for a family of four...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level State
State(s) Michigan
Source Michigan League for Public Policy
Policy Areas Community Development, Education
State policymakers consistently neglect adequately funding adult education, making it less accessible for low-skilled workers who want to build their skills, become financially self-sufficient and contribute to Michigan’s economy. Adult education is the key to preparing these workers...

Type Ordinance
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) Wisconsin
Source The Common Council of the City of Madison
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Housing
In response to hardships caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, this proposal waives the ten dollar Rent Abatement Application Fee for all tenants who apply for rent abatement prior to June 30, 2021....

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 Ordinance
Year 2013
Level County
State(s) Oregon
Source Multnomah County
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Housing, Public Spaces
This ordinance prohibits discrimination in employment, housing, and public places on the basis of any identity traits. This ordinance provides legal recourse for individuals who have been discriminated against and provides a specific listing of protected groups, classes, and traits...

Type Act or Session Law
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) District of Columbia
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...

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 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 Ordinance
Year 1980
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source Berkeley City Council
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Housing, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This ordinance regulates residential rent increases in the City of Berkeley and protects tenants from unwarranted rent increases and arbitrary, discriminatory, or retaliatory evictions, in order to help maintain the diversity of the Berkeley community and to ensure compliance with...

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 prohibits owners, landlords, and management companies from refusing to sell, rent, or lease housing accommodations to any person because of their actual or perceived protected status. It also creates the Commission on Human Rights, which can refer complaints of discrimination...

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 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 Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2021
Level State, National
State(s) Connecticut, Nevada, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania
Source The Center for Popular Democracy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Health
Organizers in New York, New Jersey, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Nevada, and North Carolina conducted interviews with over 900 Latinx immigrants (including nearly 400 undocumented community members) about the important issues facing immigrant communities during the COVID-19 pandemic....

Type Model Law
Year 2000
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source American Association Of Retired People
Policy Areas Housing, Public Safety, Health, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This document provides information on the benefits of Accessory Dwelling Units (ADUs) and a model ordinance to enable the construction, zoning, and regulation of ADUs. ADUs are independent housing units, typically (but not always) created on single-family lots through remodeling...

Type Ordinance
Year 2010
Level County
State(s) Florida
Source Board of County Commissioners of Alachua County
Policy Areas Housing, Community Development, Public Spaces
This ordinance establishes a neighborhood stabilization program and requires county purchasers and employees to rehabilitate foreclosed properties in a way that maintains the integrity of the neighborhood and limits the property value impact to homes in the neighborhood. It establishes...

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 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...

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