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Equitable resources for residents of low income neighborhoods and communities of color

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Equitable resources for residents of low income neighborhoods and communities of color


Neighborhoods place a significant role in shaping access to resources. Economic and social conditions in neighborhoods influence access to employment, schools, health care facilities, grocery stores, and green space, among many other critical resources. Residents living in neighborhoods with concentrated poverty often have less access to rich resources and opportunities. In order to address this challenge, cities should employ a variety of policy tools and strategies that cross sectors, including housing, community development, health, and other areas.


Addressing neighborhood disparities

This brief provides background on how we got here, and what communities can do to help address segregation.

Strengthening the resources and opportunities in high-poverty neighborhoods

Compelling evidence indicates that growing up in high-poverty neighborhoods has negative effects on children’s life chances. This brief describes several approaches that local jurisdictions can use to improve residents’ quality of life, stabilize population losses and diversify income levels, and increase access to opportunity.

Balancing increases in affordable housing in resource-rich areas with investments in low-income neighborhoods

This brief outlines an approach for cities, towns, and counties to use in determining how to balance these goals by focusing on developing plans appropriate to each neighborhood.

Selected local housing policies

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