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Categories: Infrastructure
Webinars | 2017

What does gentrification and displacement mean for Equitable Economic Development?

In many cities, there is much debate about defining and identifying gentrification. There is also a lively debate about the relationship between economic development activities, like new retail or corridor revitalization, and displacement of residents and local businesses. Many city leaders struggle with how to understand how gentrification and displacement impacts their residents, especially...

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Categories: Infrastructure
Webinars | 2017

Ensuring Equity-Centered Provisions in Upcoming Infrastructure Proposals: A Strategy Discussion Webinar

  • In this strategy discussion on crafting an infrastructure proposal that would serve as an opportunity to improve the social determinants of health and quality of life for underserved families and communities, experts explored the tools and policy mechanisms that can be used to address health and economic disparities and identified strategies to ensure equity is built into infrastructure...
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Fostering Access to Opportunity HUD’s Proposed Affirmatively Furthering Housing Rule

The Fair Housing Act of 1968 requires HUD to conduct programs in such a manner that “affirmatively furthers fair housing” – a term that has never been defined. Responding to concerns raised by the Government Accountability Office and stakeholders, the proposed Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule does three key things:
 
  1. Clarifies the definition of AFFH to include actions that...
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Categories: Infrastructure

Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Rule is Sound Policy

While the Fair Housing Act has largely succeeded in outlawing overt housing discrimination, it has been less effective in promoting equal opportunity, in large part because of a lack of clarity and technical support surrounding the mandate to “affirmatively further” fair housing goals.

The AFFH rule provides much-needed clarification of the Fair Housing Act and provides support to HUD grantees...

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Categories: Infrastructure
Tools | 2016

AFH Roles Matrix

In this table, you will find examples of the different types of stakeholders that could be included in the AFH and what expertise and assets they may bring. You will find information on the kinds of data they might have access to, resources and in-kind support they might leverage and policies or programs they could implement to increase access to opportunity and promote fair housing.

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Categories: Infrastructure
Webinars | 2016

Breaking Down Barriers to Opportunity: Transportation and the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing

Transportation is a tried and proven investment that connects people to what they need to live a good, vibrant life and to be upwardly economically mobile. Transportation connects children to good schools, their parents to good jobs, and ensures access to clinics, libraries, parks and recreation, grocery stores and other essential amenities and services. 
 
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Categories: Infrastructure
Webinars | 2016

Breaking Down Barriers to Opportunity: Transportation and the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule PowerPoint Presentation

This is the powerpoint presentation which accompanies the webinar archive, Breaking Down Barriers to Opportunity: Transportation and the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing.
 
This webinar looks at the AFFH rule and how it can be used to promote equitable transportation, transit-oriented development, and opportunity-focused place making. Learn how to get involved in and influence your...
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Reports | TransitCenter | 2015

Subsidizing Congestion: The Multibillion-Dollar Tax Subsidy That's Making Your Commute Worse

 The federal government provides subsidies through the tax code for employer-provided and employer-paid automobile parking,
transit passes, and some other commuter expenses, but it does so in ways that run counter to the nation’s overall transportation goals. 
 
Those who receive the greatest tax savings from the transit benefit are not the low-income and working Americans who depend on...
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National Council on Disability | 2015

Transportation Update: Where We’ve Gone and What We’ve Learned

For Americans with Disabilities many transportation services remain stuck in neutral.  For many Americans with Disabilities the prospects and possibilities for going to and from work, school and recreational activities are stuck in neutral. NCD’s report addresses the broad range of surface transportation, including these, and makes recommendations policymakers should use to address these...

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Categories: Transportation

Testimony from The Transportation Equity Caucus Statement for House Ways and Means Hearing

Adequate federal transportation investments can lay a strong foundation for economic growth and expand opportunity for millions of people. Strategic federal investments in transportation can transform struggling communities, unleash untapped human potential, and promote local economic development to allow all people to thrive. When transportation funding decisions are driven by economic and...

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Webinar | 2015

Equity and Transportation

This webinar is a discussion of equity and transportation. How can we measure the equity impacts of transportation investments? And how can we ensure that walking and biking investments meaningfully address the mobility and safety needs of urban and rural disadvantaged communities while not directly or indirectly leading to the displacement of low-income residents?

Governments and...

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Categories: Transportation
Webinars | 2015

Active Transportation and Equity: Key Challenges and Opportunities from the Field

As the United States is wrestling with race and class in many arenas, these issues have come to the forefront in the world of walking, bicycling, and Safe Routes to School. Straight talk on equity is welcome when it comes to active transportation, health and safety -- but what does equity and active transportation mean in practice at the local and regional level? Join the National...
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Categories: Biking and Walking

Rail-Trail Supreme Court Decision

On March 10, 2014, the U.S. Supreme Court handed down a decision in the case involving a rail corridor formerly on federal land that is now privately owned (Marvin M. Brandt Revocable Trust et al. v. United States). The ruling affects a specific type of rail corridor that does not meet the criteria below.
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Categories: Civil Rights
Case Studies | Poverty and Race Research Action Council (PRRAC) | 2014

Transit-based Opportunity—Lessons from Dayton

The linkages between neighborhoods and academic achievement, health, and life outcomes have been thoroughly documented in research literature in recent decades. A recent story from Dayton, Ohio underscores the importance of transportation equity, and sheds light on the power of public transit to link marginalized communities to opportunities throughout a region with differentially located assets.

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Categories: Labor & Employment
Webinars | 2014

Leverage Transportation Investments to Support Fair and Inclusive Access to Jobs

Transportation infrastructure is a critical link to ensuring opportunity for all—connecting us to jobs, housing, health care, and grocery stores. Even more, transportation planning and investment decisions—what we build, where it is placed, and who builds it—are central to creating equitable communities. Local leaders are maximizing economic and social equity benefits by leveraging...

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Reports | 2014

Business Impact Mitigations for Transit Projects

Across the country, new light rail and bus rapid transit (BRT) projects are creating faster and more affordable transportation options for low-income residents and people of color. In several cities, these projects are also expanding opportunities for small, local, minority-, women-, and immigrant-owned businesses to reach new customers and benefit from the streetscape and other new...

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Categories: Civil Rights
Webinars | 2014

Transportation Equity: A 21st Century Civil Rights Issue

The Transportation Equity Caucus hosted a webinar to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and to explore intersections between civil rights and transportation. During the webinar equity advocates in Ohio, South Carolina, and Wisconsin discussed steps taken by local communities to use civil rights statues to ensure federal transportation investments are fair and...

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Categories: Transportation
Publications | Ride New Orleans | 2014

Smart Transit for a Strong Economy: Why New Orleans Should Invest in a CBD Transit Hub

Today, we are excited to release our report, “Smart Transit for a Strong Economy:  Why New Orleans Should Invest in a CBD Transit Hub“.  The report highlights the current situation at the downtown transit hub, features solutions from other cities that have taken advantage of federal funding opportunities and public-private partnerships to invest in their downtown transit hubs and supports our...

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Multimedia | 2014

Building Bridges to Economic Opportunity (Audio and Transcript)

Affordable and accessible transportation connects people to jobs, schools, affordable housing, health care, grocery stores, and other basic necessities. The Obama administration and the U.S. Department of Transportation recently proposed major transportation legislation to address the urgent transit challenges facing urban, suburban, and rural communities. At the same time, local leaders are...

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Reports | Ride New Orleans | 2014

The State of Transit in New Orleans: The Need for a More Efficient, Equitable, and Sustainable System

Ride New Orleans’ analysis in this report highlights several critical findings.

  1. By the end of 2012, just 36% of the pre-Katrina transit service offered by the New Orleans Regional Transit Authority (RTA) in 2005 had been restored – although 86% of New Orleans’ population had returned to the city.
  2. Service reductions have been worst in areas where transit service is needed most: low-income...
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Comment Letters | 9to5 | 2014

Comments Submitted by 9to5 on U.S. DOT's Proposed State and Metropolitan Planning Guidance

On behalf of the members and constituents of 9to5, National Association of Working Women, the following comments are offered on proposed rulemaking on Statewide, Nonmetropolitan, and Metropolitan Transportation Planning to the U.S Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) and Federal Transit Authority (FTA).

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Categories: Transportation
Comment Letters | Natural Resources Defense Council | 2014

Natural Resources Defense Council Comments on State and Metropolitan Planning Guidance

The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) is pleased to submit comments on the Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA) and Federal Transit Administration’s (FTA) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) for Statewide and Nonmetropolitan Transportation Planning and Metropolitan Transportation Planning documents. This NPRM sets the stage for regions to establish a framework for efficient planning...

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Categories: Transportation
2014

All Aboard: Making Equity Central in Transportation Planning

Transportation is a critical link to ensuring opportunity for all connecting us to jobs, schools, housing, health care, and grocery stores. Even more, transportation planning and investment decisions; what we build, where it is placed, and who builds it – is central to creating equitable regions. Urban and rural communities that have sought to target transportation resources to places and...

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The League of American Bicyclists | 2014

The New Movement: Bike Equity Today

This report is the culmination of several years of efforts within the League to elevate community voices to the national advocacy stage and show the existing diversity in the bike movement. For this publication, we have interviewed dozens of individuals and organizations, as well as tapped previous blog posts, magazine articles, reports and more. 
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Categories: Transportation

Comments Submitted by PolicyLink to USDOT on National Performance Measures for the Highway Safety Improvement Program

PolicyLink is pleased to offer the following comments on the proposed rulemaking on the National Performance Management Measures for the Highway Safety Improvement Program (HSIP) to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (U.S. DOT) Federal Highway Administration (FHWA). As a leader in the movement to build more equitable infrastructures, PolicyLink is supportive of policies and investments...

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Categories: Workforce
Reports | Institute for Women's Policy Research | 2014

Untapped Resources, Untapped Labor Pool: Using Federal Highway Funds to Prepare Women for Careers in Construction

Federal highway funding offers states a stable resource that can support activities that improve women’s entry into and success in the construction trades. This briefing highlights examples of how two states, Maryland and Oregon, are using this funding to improve diversity in the highway construction workforce. The briefing paper is based on a review of literature, pre-apprenticeship...

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2014

Job Displacement and the Duration of Joblessness: The Role of Spatial Mismatch

This paper presents a new approach to the measurement of the effects of spatial mismatch that takes advantage of matched employer-employee administrative data integrated with a person-specific job accessibility measure, as well as demographic and neighborhood characteristics. The basic hypothesis is that if spatial mismatch is present, then improved accessibility to appropriate jobs should...
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Categories: Biking and Walking

City Cyclists Ride More Safely: An Observational Study of Biking Behavior in Lower and Central Manhattan

During the last decade a large number of towns and cities across the country have undertaken major initiatives to promote cycling. One of the most prominent examples of this trend is New York City which has devoted enormous resources to encourage cycling. Several factors are contributing to the movement to increase cycling as an alternative means of transportation.

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Categories: Civil Rights

A Call For Florida To Assure Transparency, Accountability And Equity In The Use Of Economic Recovery Funds

Through the ARRA, an unprecedented volume of resources will be dispensed. The variety of government levels, agencies, and programs through which funds will be channeled, and the range of economic need throughout the country all represent the exceptional challenge of allocating the Recovery Act money. These precious resources must be clearly useful, have impact, and demonstrate to the public...

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Filling the Financing Gap for Equitable Transit-Oriented Development

Filling the Financing Gap for Equitable Transit-Oriented Development describes the key components of a model system for equitable TOD, the most common challenges regional actors face in moving equitable TOD projects forward and a variety of strategies partners can use to address these challenges. The report includes recommendations for approaches to leveraging public and private funds,...

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Categories: Health

ABCs of Environmental Policy

 This publication provides a great introduction to Minnesota's environmental policy framework. It is not an advocacy document, and does not include specific positions on controversial environmental issues. For that, please contact MCEA directly, or peruse the rest of this website.

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Taking Initiative In Our Neighborhoods From Peer Mentorship to Network Building: Ten Years of Building Capacity in AAPI Communities

This paper outlines the successes of the ACTION TA Program and the vision of the program moving forward. This program has built upon the existing strengths in AAPI communities to develop a vibrant, nationally networked, community-based infrastructure that supports a more just and inclusive nation. We hope that this paper is a useful resource for foundations, corporations, government agencies,...

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Categories: Civil Rights

Puertas Cerradas: Housing Barriers for Hispanics

The fair housing investigation—commissioned by NCLR and conducted by ERC in Birmingham, Alabama; Atlanta, Georgia; and San Antonio, Texas—explores the extent to which Latinos are subject to adverse and differential treatment when trying to secure rental housing or buy a home. The investigation utilized a “matched pair” methodology, where Hispanic and White non-Hispanic testers with virtually...

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Categories: Health

Valuing Our Western Public Lands: Safeguarding Our Economy and Way of Life America's Public Lands Are A Valuable Asset

In this report, the National Wildlife Federation explores the “value” of America’s public lands.  As a noun, “value” refers to monetary worth.  As a verb, “value” refers to the act of appreciating and treasuring something. This report compiles and summarizes data from a growing body of research on the value of public lands, which confirms that public lands are vital to the nation’s economic...

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Categories: Health

Endangered by Sprawl: How Runway Development Threatens America's Wildlife

According to the report Endangered By Sprawl: How Runaway Development Threatens America’s Wildlife, produced by the National Wildlife Federation, Smart Growth America, and NatureServe, the rapid conversion of once-natural areas and farmland into subdivisions, shopping centers, roads and parking lots has become a leading threat to America’s native plants and animals.

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Living Below the Line: Economic Insecurity and Older Americans-Women

An updated analysis of US Census Bureau data finds that more than half of fully-retired, elder-only households are economically insecure. While the threat of economic insecurity affects elders of all backgrounds, it varies substantially by gender, race, age, household composition and other characteristics. In order to assess the economic security of today’s older adults, WOW compares actual...

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Categories: Health

F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2013

After three decades of increases, adult obesity rates remained level in every state except for one, Arkansas, in the past year, according to F as in Fat: How Obesity Threatens America's Future 2013, a report from the Trust for America's Health (TFAH) and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation (RWJF).

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Categories: Civil Rights

Still Excluded

This report examines why there are still virtually no women in the federally created and supervised apprenticeship system for the skilled construction trades. 

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Categories: Civil Rights
NAACP | 2013

People March for Bus Stops in Beavercreek

Many local activist groups like the NAACP and LEAD (Leaders for Equality and Action in Dayton) held a planned protest to send a message to Beavercreek City Council to put bus stops on Pentagon Boulevard. Supporters of the issue say people who rely on public transportation can't retain jobs, services and educational opportunities in Beavercreek because of the lack of bus stops there.

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Categories: Civil Rights
2013

Hampton Ave Bridge Complaint Under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 (Part 1)

The Southern Coalition for Social Justice submits this complaint against the South Carolina Department of Transportation (SC DOT) under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on behalf of Southernside Neighborhoods In Action.

SNIA requests that U.S. DOT’s Office of Civil Rights investigate SC DOT’s decision-making process for consistency with its Title VI and Environmental Justice...

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