All-In Cities Policy Toolkit
By putting equity at the center of municipal policies, American cities can help create a future of shared prosperity in which all can participate and thrive. The All-In Cities Toolkit offers actionable strategies that advocates and policymakers can use to advance racial equity. Select a policy area below to view key strategies and policy tools. Each tool contains information on important policy considerations, who can implement it, and examples of where it is working.
Good jobs that are accessible to workers of color and other disconnected workers form the bedrock of all-in cities and strong regional economies. All-in cities work to grow more quality jobs and transform existing low-wage jobs into good, living-wage jobs.
Economic security — having enough money to cover basic needs and enough savings to weather setbacks and invest for the future — is critical to the health and well-being of families, neighborhoods, and local economies. All-in cities work to put low-income families and workers on a path to economic security.
A skilled workforce is the key to city success in the global economy. All-in cities grow their talent pool through public education and workforce strategies that equip low-income children and workers with the skills they need to succeed.
High-quality neighborhoods and public infrastructure are fundamental building blocks for health and economic opportunity. All-in cities work to make all of their neighborhoods healthy, connected communities of opportunity and build infrastructure that increases connectivity and mobility for underserved communities.
Housing / anti-displacement
Housing is the lynchpin for opportunity: the location and quality of the home you can afford not only affects your living space and household budget—it determines the quality of your schools, the length of your commute, and more. All-in cities work to expand housing opportunity and prevent displacement of low-income communities of color.
Democracy and justice
All-in cities are places where residents who have little money and power fully participate in city life and create their neighborhoods and the city. They also ensure just policing and court systems by ending the criminalization of communities of color and investing in prevention and restorative justice.
Provide comprehensive supports and integrated services to help public school students and their families succeed.
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Direct public investments and resources toward building opportunity in high-need, distressed communities.
Build infrastructure that increases health, livability, mobility, opportunity, and resilience for vulnerable communities.
Dismantle barriers to employment and services for the formerly incarcerated and other disadvantaged workers.
Transform low-wage jobs into good jobs by setting high standards for job quality.
Ensure safe and just policing practices and increase accountability.
Secure vulnerable renters and prevent displacement through services, legal protections, and rent stabilization policies.
Direct strategies to grow high-road, inclusive businesses and good jobs for workers without college degrees.
Stop overpolicing and racial profiling and reform municipal courts.
Ensure all residents are protected from discrimination, have access to services, and can engage in city affairs.
Implement workforce strategies that connect un- and underemployed workers to good jobs and careers in growing industries.
Provide high-quality education for low-income children from preschool through career and prevent school pushout.
Ensure all neighborhoods provide access to healthy food, high-quality parks, clean air, and other elements of a healthy built environment.
Ensure public policies and investments foster healthy, economically-integrated neighborhoods.
Increase access to good jobs through local, targeted, and fair hiring.
Expand and preserve affordability through zoning, incentives, and development.
Leverage purchasing power to help entrepreneurs of color and triple-bottom-line businesses grow and create more good jobs.
Prevent wealth stripping and support financial security and asset building.