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Categories: Civil Rights

Insecure and Unequal: Poverty and Income Among Women and Families, 2000-2011

This report provides a gender analysis of national Census data for 2011, released by the Census Bureau in September 2012. The National Women’s Law Center (NWLC) supplies this analysis, as it has for several years, because little information broken out by gender is available directly from the Census Bureau's series of reports titled Income, Poverty, and Health Insurance Coverage in the United...

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Categories: Civil Rights

Public Opinion and Discourse on the Intersection of LGBT Issues and Race

The research findings described in this report build on other recent research commissioned or supported by the Arcus Foundation: in-depth interviews, a national survey, a series of focus groups of African Americans conducted in 2007-2008, and a study of the relationship between racial justice organizations and LGBT communities completed in 2010. This report takes a close look at the roles...

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Categories: Civil Rights
2012

Transit Oriented Development that’s Healthy, Green and Just

Transit Oriented Development that’s Healthy, Green and Just asks a basic question about Puget Sound’s new light rail system – how do we ensure this massive public investment benefits all families? In Southeast Seattle neighborhoods the light rail has already accelerated gentrification and may lead to displacement of many communities of color into the suburbs. It’s not just a lack of affordable...

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Categories: Health

Creating Healthy Regional Transportation Plans

The Regional Transportation Plan (RTP), a long-term blueprint of a region’s transportation system, provides a particularly important opportunity for health promotion. With the passage of SB 375 these plans have become intensively focused on reducing greenhouse gas emissions.  How can we also make sure they focus on producing positive health outcomes and creating access to opportunities for...

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Categories: Housing

Preserving Affordable Transit-Oriented Housing

As the U.S. economy slows, the likelihood of significant federal or local investment in new mass transit diminishes. But low- and moderate-income families depend upon housing close to transit to reduce their commuting expenses and improve access to jobs, schools, and other opportunities. Not surprisingly, the rental market has already begun to grow tighter in communities near existing transit...

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Categories: Labor & Employment

Women in Construction: 6.9 Percent is Not Enough.

The typical construction worker earns nearly $19.00 an hour - double the typical wage in female-dominated occupations such as home health aides, maids and child care workers.  This fact sheet discusses the participation of women in the construction industry and explains how increasing women's participation in construction and other fields traditionally dominated by men is critical to ensuring...

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Categories: Labor & Employment

Getting to Work: Transportation Policy and Access to Job Opportunities

“Getting to Work: Transportation Policy and Access to Job Opportunities,” is the fourth in a series of reports by The Leadership Conference Education Fund examining the key roles transportation and mobility play in the struggle for civil rights and equal opportunity. The reports highlight critical issues and make recommendations for policymakers as they draft a re-authorization of the nation’s...

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Categories: Labor & Employment
2011

The Road To Good Jobs: Making Training Work

With major transportation investments all but guaranteed as a near-term job creation strategy, the question whether those hit hardest by the recession-minorities and women-will be lifted up or left behind. This report features the first ever compilation of all 50 states and the District of Columbia on use of On the Job Training to boost job access for minorities and women.

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Categories: Biking and Walking

Low-Income Latino Cyclists in Los Angeles County: A Socioeconomic Spatial Analysis

Much bicycle planning and advocacy focuses on encouraging travelers to switch to cycling from other transport modes, namely automobiles. At the same time, research suggests that an alternate, even overlooked cyclist cohort exists in Los Angeles County: those without access to autos or quality transit service who ride bicycles out of necessity. Principal among these “necessity” cyclists are...

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Repair Priorities: Transportation Spending Strategies to Save Taxpayer Dollars and Improve Roads

Decades of under investment in regular repair have left many states’ roads in poor condition, and the cost of repairing these roads is rising faster than many states can address them. These liabilities are outlined in a new report by Smart Growth America and Taxpayers for Common Sense, released today, which examines road conditions and spending priorities in all 50 states and the District of...

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Categories: Civil Rights

Finding Common Ground: Coordinating Housing and Education Policy to Promote Integration

The powerful, reciprocal connection between school and housing segregation has long been recognized. The housing¬school link was a key element in both the 1968 Kerner Commission Report1 and in the legislative history of the Fair Housing Act.2 The relation of school and housing segregation was also explored in a series of school desegregation cases beginning in the 1970s.3 Yet in spite of HUD’s...

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Transportation 101: An Introduction to Federal Transportation Policy

Do you want to learn a little more about federal transportation policy, like the history of the program, how the Interstate System was started, how earmarks came to be so prevalent or how the federal role in funding transportation has changed throughout the years? With Congress considering the next six-year reauthorization, T4 America has put together this guidebook to provide some clarity on...

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Transit Access and Zero-Vehicle Households

Millions of zero-vehicle households live in areas well served by transit. Yet hundreds of thousands of zero-vehicle households live out of transit's reach, particularly in the South and in the suburbs. And those with transit access still cannot reach a majority of jobs in metro areas within 90 minutes. Based on these trends, leaders must recognize these households' unique mobility needs and...

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Categories: Civil Rights

Tribes and Transportation: Policy Challenges and Opportunities

Tribes and Transportation: Policy Challenges and Opportunities addresses the critical need for transportation infrastructure development to foster economic development, job creation, and improve living conditions for individuals and families in American Indian/Alaska Native communities, and the millions of Americans who travel through our reservations every day.

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Categories: Labor & Employment

Latinos in the Transportation Sector

As the fastest-growing segment of the labor force and one that is already contributing to growth in the transportation sector, Latinos stand to benefit from job creation in transportation.  Policies designed to diversify the career opportunities available to Latino workers, especially those facing educational and language barriers, are critical to building on the momentum of job growth in this...

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Categories: Civil Rights
2011

Beavercreek Complaint Filed Under Title VI of Civil Rights Act of 1964

Advocates for Basic Legal Equality, Inc. filed this complaint under Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. The complaint requested that the Federal Highway Administration and DOT undertake a full Title VI compliance investigation into the City of Beavercreek, Ohio, to determine if the City of Beavercreek’s denial of the Greater Dayton Regional Transit Authority’s application to place bus...

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Rising Above: Community Economic Development in a Changing Landscape

 

Community development corporations are non-profit, community-based organizations that anchor capital locally through the development of both residential and commercial property, ranging from affordable housing to shopping centers and even businesses. First formed in the 1960s, they have expanded rapidly in size and numbers since. An industry survey published in 2006 found that 4,600 CDCs...

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Categories: Biking and Walking

Implementing Safe Routes to School in Low-Income Schools and Communities: A Resource Guide for Volunteers and Professionals.

Children from low-income families are twice as likely to walk to school as children from higher-income families, and they face a higher risk of being injured or killed as pedestrians. That is why it is critical that low-income communities are able to access Safe Routes to School funds and implement successful programs.

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Categories: Labor & Employment

Working Together: A Systems Approach for Transit Training

This publication draws example from the Center’s national labor-management committees, which have met regularly for several years to develop consensus training guidelines. These joint committees have focused on five transit maintenance occupations: bus, rail signals, traction power, rail vehicles and transit elevator/escalator. A parallel joint effort has been crafting a national framework for...

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Categories: Health

The Hidden Health Costs of Transportation Backgrounder

This report outlines how the connection between health and the built environment impacts the pocketbook; it also provides a summary of the process of planning, funding and building transportation systems, and discusses key opportunities for public health professionals to get involved in the process. 

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All Aboard! Making Equity and Inclusion Central to Federal Transportation Policy

In this executive summary, PolicyLink addresses the key issues that comprise the quest for equitable transportation policies in three broad categories: shaping communities, powering the economy, and influencing health. We also summarize recommendations for the next federal transportation authorization organized around the broader equity questions: Who benefits? Who pays? Who decides?

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Categories: Housing

Walking the Walk: Executive Summary

Analyzed data from 94,000 real estate transactions in 15 major markets and found that in 13 of the 15 markets, higher levels of walkability, as measured by Walk Score, were directly linked to higher home values. Key Finding: Houses with the above-average levels of walkability command a premium of about $4,000 to $34,000 over houses with just average levels of walkability.

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Aging Americans: Stranded Without Options

The demographics of the United States will change dramatically during the next 25 years as more baby boomers reach their 60s, 70s, and beyond. The U.S. Census Bureau projects that the number of Americans age 65 or older will swell from 35 million to more than 62 million by 2025- nearly an 80 percent increase. As people grow older today. they often become less willing or able to drive, making...

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Transit Equity Matters: An Equity Index and Regional Analysis of the Red Line and Two Other Proposed CTA Transit Extensions

For the last six years, DCP, a faith-based organization serving Greater Roseland, has conducted its most far-reaching community organizing effort: the CTA Red Line Extension Campaign. This campaign addresses a 38-year history of neglect by the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) to extend CTA's Red Line to Chicago's far south side city limits, the most job inaccessible area of Chicago.

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On The Ground With Comprehensive Community Initiatives

This publication summarizes the major programs of ten initiatives, including sources and amounts of funding as well as positive individual and neighborhood impacts. Some of these initiatives began with a comprehensive approach in the 1990s, while others began as single purpose initiatives and gradually became comprehensive over many years. This study highlights proven elements of each...

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Categories: Housing

The Future of Fair Housing: Report of the National Commission on Fair Housing and Equal Opportunity

Forty years ago, Congress passed Title VIII of the Civil Rights Act of 1968 (the “Fair Housing Act”), which prohibits discrimination in public and private housing markets that is based on race, color, national origin, religion, sex, disability, or familial status. The Act requires communities and the federal government to proactively further fair housing residential integration, and equal...

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Categories: Housing

Building a Better Urban Future: New Directions for Housing Policies in Weak Market Cities

There are few tasks more important and more necessary in American society today than the regeneration of “weak market cities.” This paper outlines an extensive list of housing strategies for change in these cities as part of their revitalization efforts. It is intended to help CDCs, government agencies, lenders, community members, and foundations assess the effectiveness of current...

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Driven To Spend: Pumping Dollars out of Our Households and Communities

The Surface Transportation Policy Project (STPP) and the Center for Neighborhood Technology (CNT) have released a report that examines transportation costs and the effect of gas prices on family budgets. The study ranks 28 metropolitan areas on their combined transportation and housing costs and recommends specific actions that federal, state, and local governments can take to reduce the...

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Socioeconomic Differences in Household Automobile Ownership Rates: Implications for Evacuation Policy

The devastation wrought by hurricane Katrina laid bare many of the disparities that continue to separate Americans by race and class. One disparity that was immediately apparent in Katrina’s aftermath concerned the size and composition of the area’s populations that lacked access to an automobile. These households, largely dependent on the limited emergency public transportation available to...

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Are We There Yet? Assessing the Performance of State Departments of Transportation on Accommodating Bicycles and Pedestrians

The study looked closely at four topics: statewide bicycle and pedestrian plans, accommodating bicycles in state highway projects, providing sidewalks for pedestrians in state highway projects located in urban areas, and implementing a statewide Safe Routes to School program. The NCBW reviewed federal legislation, regulations, polices, and guidance, as well as the policies and recommended...

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Diversity That Works: The American Worker Speaks

For more than 40 years, corporations across the nation have invested a great deal of energy and resources in the area of diversity. Today diversity is not only part of the culture of many corporations but a core business strategy as well. Yet the business community has struggled to develop a meaningful measure of the effectiveness of diversity and inclusion programs.

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The End of the American Dream for Blacks and Latinos: How the Home Mortgage Crisis is Destroying Black and Latino Wealth, Jeopardizing America’s Future Prosperity and How to Fix It

As the United States slips deeper into its most severe economic downturn since the Great Depression, a crippling blow to families and the long term health of the nation’s economy will occur through massive foreclosures and the spillover destruction of household wealth. Recent foreclosure projections estimate a total of 2.4 million homes lost in 2009 and 9 million lost during 2009-2012. Goldman...

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Stranded at the Station

Stranded at the Station: The Impact of the Financial Crisis in Public Transportation is the first systematic analysis of the conundrum faced by communities and their transit systems: Historic ridership and levels of demand for service, coupled with the worst funding crisis in decades.

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More Transit = More Jobs: New Report

What would happen if 20 metropolitan areas shifted 50% of their highway funds to transit? They would generate 1,123,674 new transit jobs over a five-year period — for a net gain of 180,150 jobs over five years — without a single dollar of new spending. That's the finding of TEN's new study, more Transit=More Jobs. 

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Equity in Transportation for People with Disabilities

Though people with disabilities live in every community, our transportation policy has undermined the Americans with Disabilities Act’s (ADA) promise of equal opportunity in transportation for people with disabilities, resulting in isolation from jobs, housing, health care, and education. As policymakers discuss such important issues as how best to rebuild and repair our nation’s roads,...

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