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Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Transit Center
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility
By setting goals for fare policy, transit agencies can ensure that their fare pricing and enforcement strategies are consistent with their mission of providing good, affordable service to the public. This report outlines a balanced, goal-driven approach to fare policy: discounts for...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Transit Center
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility, Data & Technology
Transit can be especially important for older individuals, who “age out” of driving as their mobility, vision, and hearing decline. However, public transit can be difficult for older people to navigate, and is unreliable or insufficient for many trips in most U.S. cities. To address...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) Ohio
Source Policy Matters Ohio
Policy Areas Housing, Public Safety
Protecting aging Ohioans is connected with strengthening local area. The budget for Adult Protective services is not enough at first. After adding more budget to protect aging Ohioans, Ohio gains a more stable protective system. The funding for Adult Protective services comes from...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2021
Level State
State(s) Massachusetts
Source Massachusetts Department of Revenue
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
This technical information release outlines how Massachusetts homeowners or renters over 65 can claim tax credits against their personal income taxes. These "circuit breaker" credits are based on real estate taxes or rent paid by applicants who meet the specified income threshold...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) New York
Source Transit Center
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility
Thousands of New Yorkers require elevators to access the subway every day: people with disabilities, parents pushing strollers, travelers carrying luggage, and residents suffering from an injury. However, only 23% of the city’s subway stations have elevators. These elevators break...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2015
Level City or Town, County
State(s) California
Source U.C. Berkeley Center For Labor Research and Education
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Children & Families, Housing, Public Safety
This report evaluates California's looming retirement crisis. The study finds most California seniors are unprepared for retirement facing high costs of living and with low pension or 401K attainment....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level County
State(s) All States
Source National Institute for Early Education Research
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Housing, Health
Transgender older adults face many challenges, such as the inability to access healthcare, disproportionate experiences of violence, high rates of HIV/AIDS, employment and housing discrimination, and other physical and mental health related issues. While there are policies and programs...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Democracy Collaborative
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Economic Justice, Community Development
As the community foundation field reaches the century mark and faces growing pressure on its business model, many communities at the same time are struggling with economic distress. To meet these converging challenges, an innovative group of community foundations are beginning to...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level County
State(s) All States
Source The Democracy Collaborative
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Education, Health, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Children & Families
Anchor institutions are place-based entities such as universities and hospitals that are tied to their surroundings by mission, invested capital, or relationships to customers, employees, and vendors. These local human and economic relationships link institution well-being to that...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Milken Institute
Policy Areas Community Development, Economic Justice, Civil Rights
This report ranks 20 large and 20 smaller metro areas based on general factors of successful aging, including healthcare, wellness, education, financial opportunities, transportation, and community engagement. It also identifies specific areas for improvement for each of the ranked...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2007
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Center on Budget and Policy Priorities
Policy Areas Economic Justice
This report provides an introduction to property tax circuit breakers and describes the main features of circuit breaker programs currently being administered in eighteen states. Some of the features discussed include eligibility restrictions (based on whether the taxpayer is a homeowner...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2017
Level County
State(s) All States
Source State Innovation Exchange
Policy Areas Education, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Children & Families, Community Development, Public Spaces, Housing, Public Safety, Health, Environment & Natural Resources, Energy
Outdated workplace policies have failed to keep pace with the demands on today's workforce, limiting our economic growth....

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2009
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Lincoln Institute of Land Policy
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
Property tax circuit breakers provide households with direct property tax relief that increases as household income declines. In addition to analyzing the advantages of circuit breakers, this report outlines the basic types of property tax circuit breakers and examines whether eligibility...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2012
Level County, City or Town
State(s) All States
Source The Democracy Collaborative
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Children & Families, Education, Democracy & Governance
Anchor institution-facilitated community wealth building can drive job growth and economic development. This report provides case studies for effectively leveraging anchor institutions to improve local economies and address climate change and improve communications and transportation...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source Transit Center
Policy Areas Transportation & Mobility
This report addresses how current transit practices can marginalize groups of people. For example, fare structures make transit unaffordable to people with low incomes, policing brutalizes and discriminates against Black and brown riders, infrastructure is inaccessible to people with...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2014
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Coalition of Urban Serving Universities
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Democracy & Governance, Finance & Procurement, Education, Health, Environment & Natural Resources, Children & Families
In the past quarter century, universities have committed themselves to greater engagement in their communities. They are increasingly seen as "anchor" institutions - whose physical presence is integral to the social, cultural, and economic wellbeing of the community. Urban-based universities...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2020
Level State
State(s) Hawaii
Source Hawai'i Appleseed Center for Law and Economic Justice
Policy Areas Food
Currently in Hawaii, thousands of seniors struggle just to put food on their table. The issue of senior hunger is complex, and is often a symptom of deeper flaws in the structure of the economy, society, and food systems themselves. This report presents an overview of the tools- many...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2013
Level County
State(s) All States
Source Mayors Innovation Project
Policy Areas Democracy & Governance, Education, Health, Economic Justice, Civil Rights, Environment & Natural Resources, Children & Families
Chester, Pennsylvania, a small, formerly industrial city located on the Delaware River, not far from Philadelphia, exemplifies the problems and possibilities faced by older manufacturing cities across the United States, especially in the Northeast and Midwest. Chester's problems of...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2021
Level City or Town, County, State, National
State(s) All States
Source Office of Legislative Research
Policy Areas Economic Justice
This report provides an overview of the Executive Orders (EOs) that suspend recertification requirements for recipients of certain property tax relief programs for older adults, individuals with disabilities, and veterans and their family members. In particular, this report focuses...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source The Project For Lean Urbanism
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Democracy & Governance, Community Development, Housing
Missing Middle Housing is a term that refers to the types of residential buildings — those in the “middle” between single- family detached homes and large apartment buildings — that once were built in cities and towns across the country but are mostly outlawed today, and missing from...

Type Fact Sheet or Infographic
Year 2017
Level City or Town, County
State(s) All States
Source National Center for Lesbian Rights
Policy Areas Civil Rights, Children & Families
In additional to all the steps parents must take to help ensure that their children have what they need to develop into healthy adults, parents raising transgender and gender-expansive children must take additional steps to to prepare their child and family to cope with the possibility...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2018
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source National League of Cities
Policy Areas Health, Housing
Veterans tend to be older and more likely to have a disability than non-veterans. Thus, they are susceptible to preventable slips, falls, and other injuries related to mobility, which are costly and consume limited time and resources from first responders. To protect the safety and...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2017
Level City or Town
State(s) All States
Source National Association of City Transportation Officials
Policy Areas Public Safety, Transportation & Mobility
To achieve growth in bicycling, bikeway design needs to meet the needs of a broader set of potential bicyclists. This report describes bikeway facilities (i.e. low-speed shared streets, protected bicycle lanes, and bicycle boulevards) that encourage safe bicycle-use for people of...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2019
Level State
State(s) All States
Source Institute on Taxation and Economic Policy
Policy Areas Economic Justice
Residential property taxes are regressive, requiring low-income taxpayers to pay more of their income in tax than wealthier taxpayers. In order to make residential property taxes more affordable, state lawmakers can pursue a “circuit breaker” approach, in which taxpayers earning below...

Type Policy Brief or Report
Year 2022
Level City or Town, State
State(s) Maine
Source State of Maine
Policy Areas Economic Justice, Finance & Procurement
This policy guide explains Maine's statewide property tax deferral program, which allows senior citizens and disabled individuals to defer property tax payments until they pass away, move, or sell their property. It also outlines property eligibility requirements and the roles of...

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