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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) California
Source The Greenlining Institute
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
For small business owners of color, entrepreneurship remains a critical wealth-building tool providing a pathway to self-determination and the middle class. In Oakland and nationally, entrepreneurs of color face significant barriers in starting and scaling their business due to the...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Economic Justice
This report examines job market challenges faced by youth in Cleveland. The report reveals that youth encounter higher unemployment rates than the general population and that young workers, particularly people of color, are concentrated in low-wage sectors. The report recommends implementing...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2015
Level City or Town
State(s) Massachusetts
Source MassBudget
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Public Safety
This brief examines the positive impacts that allowing undocumented immigrants to obtain driver's licenses would create. The brief references studies demonstrate that the provision of licenses creates safer roads, and access to car insurance, enhances public safety, advances racial...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) Washington
Source Partnership for Working Families
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Community Development, Transportation & Mobility
As the Puget Sound region invests billions in a new light rail system, large scale gentrification will occur along the Southeast Seattle light rail corridor without immediate policy action. Transit-oriented development (TOD) planning must implement a racial justice framework in order...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level County, City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Center for Law and Social Policy
Policy Areas Education, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Community Development
The situation of high unemployment for black men is not new. It has persisted for decades, and scholars, sociologists, economists, policy makers, and advocates have brought attention to various aspects of this challenge and put forth solutions. Yet, it is seemingly an intractable...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source SPARCC
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Democracy & Governance, Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Health, Transportation & Mobility, Children & Families
This document looks through polling data ranging from the perception of the poor to public funds used for economic opportunity to the promotion of equity. The data collected and reported on in this document highlight the overwhelming support in public opinion for financing equity-driven...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
The State funding in the Ohio Civil Rights Commission's budget fell by a great amount. Such budget cuts make employee numbers fall, foring the agency to introduce low efficient online reporting systme. The agency is getting more efficient year by year but fewer staff may prolong the...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights
Thirty states and the District of Columbia (D.C.) allow a broad category of tax subsidies known as itemized deductions, used to reduce taxpayers’ taxable income. Itemized deductions are regressive, offering the largest benefits to higher-income taxpayers and little or no benefits...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2004
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source National League of Cities
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Education, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Children & Families
This report guides City officials in helping eligible residents access and maximize the benefits of the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC), a tax credit for low-to-moderate-income individuals and families. In addition, the report highlights strategies for promoting awareness and outreach,...

Type Article
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) Illinois, Kentucky, Massachusetts
Source Urban Institute
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Economic Justice, Housing
Housing initiatives in Chicago, Louisville, and Boston provide models for other local governments to develop equitable zoning policies and preserve access to fair housing. This article outlines how these initiatives normalize efforts to advance racial equity within housing agencies...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2023
Level City or Town, County, National, Other
State(s) All States
Source National Partnership for Women & Families
Policy Areas Children & Families, Civil Rights, Health
Regardless of socioeconomic status, Black women and birthing individuals in the United States are three times more likely to die from pregnancy than their white counterparts. To improve Black maternal health, we must address the drivers impacting health: conditions in the environment...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source SPARCC
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Community Development, Health
This report highlights the midpoint conclusions from the SPARCC organization’s approach to regional development through context, opportunity, and outcomes. The hypothesis and means by which SPARCC operated examined equitable development through integrated “lenses”, equitable outcomes...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level City or Town, County, State
State(s) All States
Source Onside Partners
Policy Areas Community Development, Finance & Procurement
Improved public infrastructure can help all members of our society thrive. This report presents six solutions for philanthropy to address the converging crises of COVID-19, racism, climate change, and economic inequality through public infrastructure. Infrastructure policy should...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) Pennsylvania
Source City of Philadelphia
Policy Areas Education, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Community Development, Children & Families, Democracy & Governance
This report outlines Philadelphia's goals and strategies for addressing poverty, including improving access to services and benefits, providing social and educational supports for children, creating job opportunities, and ensuring housing security. It highlights relevant programs...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) Illinois
Source Chicago Department of Housing
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Community Development, Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement, Housing
The Qualified Allocation Plan (QAP) guides Low Income Housing Tax Credit (LIHTC) developers in acquiring credits for affordable units. This report evaluates Chicago's QAP through a racial equity lens to identify opportunities for wealth building and advance equity in communities developed...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2013
Level City or Town
State(s) Tennessee
Source Initiative for a Competitive Inner City
Policy Areas Community Development
Suffering from years of disinvestment and persistently high rates of poverty, this case study shows how Memphis city officials joined forces with the private and nonprofit sectors to have a collective impact on some of the city's most pressing social issues....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Children & Families, Health, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Education
Almost 22 percent of children are poor. In 2012, over 16 million children in the U.S. were living in poverty according to the official measure, defined as living in families with income under $19,090 for a family of three. This is almost identical to figures for 2011, but an increase...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Community Development
COVID-19 has had a devastating impact on local communities and economies. In response, this guide outlines seven steps municipal governments can take to hasten their recovery and build resilience for the future. These actions emphasize equitable outcomes, and were developed with the...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year -
Level City or Town, School District
State(s) All States
Source Learning Policy Institute
Policy Areas Children & Families, Education
The COVID-19 pandemic presented new challenges for educational equity, but has also created an opportunity to reevaluate traditional approaches and implement restorative practices. This report suggests research-based equity-focused practices such as leveraging school advisory systems...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2019
Level City or Town, Other Boards and Agencies, School District
State(s) All States
Source Local Progress
Policy Areas Community Development, Education
Community schools partner with service providers, health providers, after-school programs, youth centers, and other community organizations or providers to ensure holistic attention, education, and service provision for students. This report provides research-based strategies that...

Type Ordinance or Resolution
Year 2022
Level State
State(s) All States, Arkansas
Source Arkansas Advocates for Children & Families
Policy Areas Health
This report provides an overview of the issues affecting Black women's health, including systemic racism, discrimination, and implicit bias within the health care system. It offers the following recommendations: create policies with an intentional racial equity lens, expand Medicaid...

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