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The infrastructure of childhood is important, including the safe places to play. The COVID-19 crisis brings to light this need that is often overlooked. As leaders at all levels of government and civil society consider how to stem the impact of COVID-19 with equity in mind, expanding access to play so that all kids can have an opportunity to live healthy, vibrant childhoods must be a priority. KABOOM! is partnering with BCPSS to do an analysis of playspace condition across the school system, to target investments toward schools with the greatest infrastructure needs.
The state of Hawaii is in need of a comprehensive approach to helping Hawai'i families and supporting Hawai'i farmers during the time of COVID-19. This report proposes that through the CARES Act funding, Hawaii should spend $40 million on immediate needs between now and the end of 2020 that will set the stage for future food system resilience efforts in years to come. The report details out different types of food assistance programs, the amount needed for these, and what the food assistance programs would provide.
America's small businesses are facing an existential crisis. The COVID-19 pandemic has closed shops and offices across the nation, with dire economic consequences. And the local governments and nonprofit organizations that support small businesses are on the front lines of this crisis. In this document, the Institute for Local Self-Reliance outlines three major tasks at hand for community leaders in their efforts to support local businesses. These tasks include providing quick relief to keep businesses afloat, helping businesses adapt and pivot, and lastly, fixing systemic problems that the pandemic has laid bare.
This collaborative document outlines various pandemic responses to support public health and economic recovery today. In addition to this, the document outlines the categories, methods, key points, and examples for each pandemic response.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the art and music industry in Huntsville have been particularly hard hit. Loss of gigs, gallery showings, venue closures and recording studio shutdowns have resulted in significant financial strain on Huntsville artists. This document offers both local and global guides for Economic and Community Support, all focused on improving the music and arts industry.
Data from states and municipalities across the country suggests that the COVID-19 pandemic is disproportionately affecting people of color in the United States. This report analyzes emerging data on deaths, unemployment, failing businesses, and wealth inequality to assess the links between racial and ethnic economic inequities, structural racism, and the disproportionate effects of COVID-19 on people of color.
Incarceration puts both incarcerated people and corrections staff at risk of contracting COVID-19. A wide array of criminal justice stakeholders have come together to call for a public health-oriented approach to the COVID-19 crisis. The key recommendations include releasing incarcerated individuals, limiting new additions to closed correctional settings, addressing violations of COVID-19 related orders through a public health approach (rather than with criminalization), connecting public health organizations and criminal justice stakeholders, and utilizing innovations that promote integration of public health priorities into the justice system.
In the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, inequities in access to food across the United States are especially apparent. Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people are among the many subgroups of Americans known to experience especially high rates of food insecurity. This infographic provides data on the distribution of food insecurity across different subgroups of the LGBT community; the economic vulnerabilities outlined in the data are at risk of exacerbation during the COVID-19 outbreak.
Environmental racism and the subsequent chronic exposure to air pollution has been identified as one of the biggest contributing factors to higher rates of severe illness and death from COVID-19 within Black, Latinx, and Indigenous communities. Fossil fuel plants are among the top emitters of pollutants that can cause or worsen respiratory problems and make people more susceptible to COVID-19. This report discusses how the fossil fuel industry contributes to adverse outcomes from COVID-19 within BIPOC communities and how COVID-19 relief packages have prioritized fossil fuel corporations at the expense of communities of color. In addition, it also discusses how the fossil fuel industry has been upheld by the U.S government and financial institutions, and proposes multiple solutions to these problems.
Title V of the CARES Act established the Coronavirus Relief Fund (CRF). To assess the effectiveness of the fund from the perspective of state and local prime recipients, this report outlines the results of a survey sent to all 50 states and the 171 eligible units of government that were prime recipients of the CRF. This report also features three case studies, Indiana, Seattle, and Travis County, TX, to provide a more detailed assessment of the CRF from the perspective of prime recipients. The results of these studies conclude that Congress needs to provide state and local governments with additional funding, flexibility on the use of CRF funds to include revenue replacement, an extension on the deadline to spend funds, and more organization in the release of future guidance.