All In: Local Policy Solutions to Build Equitable Cities
By embracing equity as a core operating principle and implementing policies and strategies to ensure low-income people and communities of color can reach their full potential, cities can lead the nation toward inclusive prosperity. Throughout 2018, we will be helping local leaders put these strategies into action by expanding the All-In Cities Policy Toolkit to share more information about specific policy solutions and how they are being successfully implemented in different local contexts.
To support this work, we are launching an ongoing webinar series highlighting promising and innovative policy solutions to build equitable cities for all, beginning with three installments focused on strategies to grow good jobs, support housing stability, and promote economic security for low-income families.
Part I: Leveraging City Resources to Grow Good, Accessible Jobs (January 31, 2018)
As inequality grows alongside persistent racial inequities in income and employment, cities can play a leading role to create high-quality jobs and cultivate a high-road business culture — by allocating city contracting and procurement dollars and providing supports to help companies implement equitable business practices. This webinar will focus on equitable contracting and procurement and business supports to improve job quality, two approaches cities can take to grow good jobs. Register now!
- Jessica Brokaw, City of St. Paul
- Darius Foster, City of Seattle
- Abbie Langston, PolicyLink (moderator)
Part II: Keeping People in Place: Strategies to Support Renters at Risk of Displacement (Save the date: February 27, 2018)
As centers of innovation and culture, many cities are enjoying strong growth in their economies and their populations. But not everyone benefits from this vitality: with growth comes the threat of gentrification in hot markets for housing and real estate. This webinar will focus on just cause eviction laws and legal assistance to prevent eviction, two strong policy solutions that local leaders can leverage to protect long-term residents, especially people of color and low-income communities, from being displaced as their cities and neighborhoods flourish.
Part III: Reforming Fines and Fees: From Wealth Stripping to Economic Security(Save the date: March 28, 2018)
Regressive fines-and-fees systems that strip wealth from low-income families and people of color not only hinder the financial security of vulnerable families, they also compromise the economic strength of cities and regions overall. But community leaders and local officials can take the lead to reform these systems, using an equity lens to design fair, just, and sustainable systems to finance public budgets. This webinar will focus on strategies toreform inequitable court fines and fees to support the economic security and mobility of low-income residents.
This webinar series and the development of the Good Jobs, Economic Security, and Housing & Anti-Displacement components of the All-In Cities Policy Toolkit are generously supported by JPMorgan Chase & Co. The views expressed on this website are those of PolicyLink and do not reflect the views and/or opinions of or represent endorsement by JPMorgan Chase Bank, N.A. or its affiliates.
The All-In Cities initiative and toolkit are supported by Prudential Financial, the Surdna Foundation, and JPMorgan Chase & Co.
Missed an All-In Cities webinar? Explore the archived recordings of these important discussions below.
Three Communities Implementing HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Commitment
April 20, 2017
On April 20, PolicyLink hosted a webinar in partnership with the Government Alliance on Racial Equity, on the experiences of the inaugural cohort of jurisdictions to come into compliance with HUD’s Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) Rule. City and Community leaders from the Kansas City region, Philadelphia, and Wilmington, NC presented on their work to date. In addition, Harriet Tregoning, the Former Deputy Assistant Secretary of Community Planning and Development at HUD, shared insights from the pilot process and roll out of the AFFH rule. Dwayne Marsh, Deputy Director of the Government Alliance on Racial Equity, also provided insights on the work occurring across the country. View the webinar recording and presentation slides.
Targeted Strategies to Reduce Employment Inequality
March 23, 2017
Despite low unemployment rates overall, workers of color continue to face high-levels of joblessness in many cities. In response, leaders in Minneapolis and New Orleans have developed targeted strategies to connect Black workers to good jobs in growing industries. On March 23, we discussed the findings of our recent analysis of employment inequality in metros (in partnership with the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity), and shared focused jobs strategies being implemented by the Northside Funders Group in Minneapolis and the Network for Economic Opportunity in New Orleans. Check out the webinar archive.
Ending the Debt Trap: Strategies to Stop the Overuse of Court-Imposed Fines, Fees, and Bail
March 29, 2017
On March 29, PolicyLink hosted a webinar discussion on the latest research and strategies state and local leaders can use to ensure that judicial fines and fees do not contribute to burdensome debt, housing and employment barriers, and increased imprisonment and recidivism for low-income communities and people of color. For several years, researchers have looked at the role of the justice system nationwide in placing low-income people and people of color into serious financial disrepair. While “debtors’ prisons” are technically outlawed, courts throughout the nation have used loopholes in the law to place people in jail for the nonpayment of fines and fees. See the webinar archive.
Sanctuary Space: Creating Safe Communities For All
January 30, 2017
In today’s political climate, immigrant families, Muslim residents, and other communities of color face increased surveillance and growing threats to their safety and well-being. On January 30, PolicyLink and our partners hosted a discussion on how state and local leaders across the country can create safer environments for vulnerable members of their communities. This webinar provided an overview of what sanctuary cities and sanctuary spaces are; how such spaces can make all people safer; and how leaders can create – or safeguard – sanctuary spaces in their own communities. Check out the webinar archive.