Generations of exclusion of have created segregated communities and severed opportunities for affordable housing, transit access, quality schools, and healthy food access, to name a fewShifting demographics in regions—increasing number of counties becoming majority-minority in both urban and rural areas will make engagement with communities of color even more imperative
Example: Puget Sound (equity network part of consortium structure, see equity guide)
Talking points: This is the FOURTH national summit in Detroit This is an urgent, pivotal moment for the Equity MovementIt is a signature event for PolicyLink One of the most diverse policy gatherings in the countryWill bring together thousands of advocates, organizers, policy makers, funders, public officials, and more Thousands from the Equity Movement will gather to learn, share, and connect Healthy Communities, Strong Regions, A Prosperous AmericaFor more information, please visit PolicyLink.org.
Availability for follow-up: advisory role, review workplans, build engagement processes
Incorporating Equity Into the Process of Community Change Kalima Rose, PolicyLinkRodney Harrel, AARP Public Policy InstituteMelissa Bondi, ConsultantKevin Walsh, Fair Share Housing Center
Community Engagement in SCI Planning PolicyLink is a national research and action institute advancing economic and social equity by Lifting Up What Works.® Founded in 1999, PolicyLink connects the work of people on the ground to the creation of sustainable communities of opportunity that allow everyone to participate and prosper. Such communities offer access to quality jobs, affordable housing, good schools, transportation, and the benefits of healthy food and physical activity. PolicyLink providing technical assistance on social equity through HUD to Sustainable Communities grantees across America.
Equity means just and fair inclusion Requires public sector, private sector, and community capacity to: Successfully engage communities most impacted by economic, environmental, and racial disparities in the future planning for their communities Include meaningful governance roles for equity stakeholders on all levels of the planning food chain (eg steering committee, policy committee, corridor committees, regional economy and workforce committee, housing opportunity committee, evaluation committee etc) Develop equity outcome goals and priorities that guide the planning and implementation Codify policies and resources that deliver on the equity outcomes Institutionalize new practices and partnerships to deliver on long term infrastructure and human capital development, and increase stakeholders ability to address issues of racial inequity 3
Why is community engagement important? Planning processes have historically excluded and marginalized low-income communities and communities of color This exclusion has resulted in many of these communities being cut off from access to opportunity throughout regions Lack of engagement in the process has also sometimes resulted in opposition to results that didn’t reflect community needs Knowledge and perspective of low-income communities and communities of color is vital to turning regional visions for sustainability into reality 4
Inclusive Public Engagement Processes Civil rights organizations: NAACP, Urban League, ACLU, African-American Leadership Forum, NCLR, MALDEF, other Latino, Asian, Native American rights groups, disability and senior organizations Faith-based organizations: Catholic Charities, PICO-affiliated groups, Gamaliel and other interfaith networks, key neighborhood faith institutions Community based organizations:transportation advocacy, neighborhood associations, community development corporations Public health organizations: city or county health departments, community or regional associations focused on health Workforce development & labor organizations: labor unions, training groups, organizations that work with the formerly incarcerated 5
Beyond Public Engagement Processes Facilitate inclusion throughout the consortium structure: Include representatives from organizations that represent low-income communities and people of color on each board and committee Ensure meaningful racial diversity on every board and committee in the governance structure Support the development of an equity caucus or regional equity network for representatives to build long-term capacity for shaping land use and development decisions Work with community organizations to determine the best communication strategy for information dissemination 6
Equity in Sustainable Communities Consortium Structure: include a broad cross-section of racially diverse - public sector and community-based organization representatives, with organizations that represent an equity focus and communities of color reflected in decision-making roles (across committees and governance). Sustainable Communities budgets: structure roles and resources beyond engagement to vest in community partners—data collection; advisory consultation; facilitation; policy development; engagement; planning. Identify key decision points and available resources: inventory of resources that will be planned for, eg. Transportation budgets; housing allocations; workforce development infrastructure; etc. Foster local area plans that feed regional plans: strengthen communities of concern through resources that help advance their priorities through planning (grant and loan pools, criteria that foster equity for funding) 7
Equity Summit 2011:Healthy Communities, Strong Regions, A Prosperous America November 8-11, 2011 Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center For registration visit: www.PolicyLink.org/Summit
Community Engagement in SCI Planning If you have more questions, please contact: Kalima Rose, Senior Director firstname.lastname@example.org Danielle Bergstrom, Research Associate email@example.com 9