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Property or People? The Enduring Legacies of Racially Discriminatory Housing Policies

“It is hard to argue that housing is not a fundamental human need. Decent, affordable housing should be a basic right for everybody in this country. The reason is simple: without stable shelter, everything else falls apart.” ― Matthew Desmond, Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City In 1964, Burt Bacharach and Hal David penned the […]

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Toward Equity, Opportunity and Well-Being: How the Community Development Industry Can Approach Safety and Policing

By Olivia Barrow, Low Income Investment Fund (original post) Billions of dollars in community development investments have been poured into communities over the last several decades, both in pursuit of drawing resources in to improve places as well as creating pathways to opportunities in other communities. But as Black Americans continue to be murdered by […]

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Engaging for Equity in a World of COVID-19

SPARCC’s second Virtual Learning Conversation: Engaging for Equity in a World of COVID-19 included over 175 participants from Atlanta, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Memphis. It brought together local and national advocates, planners, policymakers, and development partners working to advance radically re-imagined community engagement practices that government can utilize and […]

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Laying the Groundwork for an Equitable and Just Recovery

With the ravages of COVID-19 illuminating disparities in racial equity, health, and environmental conditions, we must reiterate a fundamental principle from the last three years of SPARCC work:Community-driven development rooted in multi-sector collaboration must be at the core of supporting equitable, healthy, and resilient communities. COVID-19 is affecting low income and families of color disproportionately, […]

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COVID-19 Resources for Communities and Stakeholders

Quick Navigation to Categories: Impacts from COVID-19 and the accompanying economic strain will have far-reaching effects on our communities, especially those that have historically suffered disproportionately from under-investment and neglect. As communities across the country come together to respond, the local and national partners at the Strong, Prosperous, and Resilient Communities Challenge are taking action […]

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Regressive Federal Rules Would Set Back Decades of Progress in Housing and Community Development

  Proposed changes to federal regulations in community development and lending are an assault on decades of work in fighting the impacts of racial segregation, discriminatory and race-based investment practices, increased risks from pollution and climate change, and unchecked government power in approving projects. The threats are real and they are coming fast. Related Content: […]

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Perspectives — what national and SPARCC leaders are saying about NEPA, AFFH, and CRA

Proposed changes to AFFH, NEPA, and CRA taken together compound the many racial, environmental, health, and economic injustices faced in housing and community development. National and local partners in the SPARCC network have shared how these proposed changes might negatively impact their communities if implemented. Related Content: Regressive Federal Rules Would Set Back Decades of […]

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Resources on NEPA, AFFH, and CRA Proposed Rules

We’ve compiled a few resources from across the country that help explain what each of the proposed rules mean and how it could impact communities. Please see below for deadlines and templates to support drafting your own comments. Related Content: Regressive Federal Rules Would Set Back Decades of Progress in Housing and Community Development Perspectives […]

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Parks as a Catalyst for Positive Change: A Conversation With Hanaa Hamdi

Dr. Hanaa Hamdi, Director of Health Impact Investment Strategies and Partnerships for New Jersey Community Capital, sat down with NRDC’s Stephanie Gidigbi of the SPARCC national team to expand on a SPARCC Virtual Learning Conversation event highlighting the vital importance of parks in the health and well-being of communities. “Every community has a right to have access […]

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