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SPARCC LA Bolsters Community Organizing in Los Angeles

SPARCC provides a path to building “the muscle of collaboration” for more equitable investments in LA communities As the city of Inglewood plans for construction of three major sports arenas, the developments are ushering in new shops, restaurants, hotels, parks, and high-end housing, leading to the gentrification of the area and potential displacement of over […]

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A New Approach to Preventing Displacement in the Bay Area

Community organizations and fast capital are integral to building and preserving affordable housing in the Bay Area Last spring in Oakland—an epitome for the nation’s affordable housing crisis—Bay Area for All (BA4A) was hoping to prevent two families in East Oakland from being displaced by an institutional investor. The investor had purchased the families’ homes […]

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Momentum Grows for Renters’ Rights Amid Housing Crisis

By Sasha Forbes Millions of people living in the U.S. are struggling to secure one of the most basic of human needs – a home for themselves and their families, but action to reinforce renters’ rights in several states is bringing hope in the fight to secure housing as a human right. Oregon, for example, […]

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SPARCC’ing Change Where We Work: The Power of Funding Transformation

A formal assessment by the Center for Community Health and Evaluation (CCHE) takes a look at SPARCC’s mid-initiative progress, with trends aligning with a report by the Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco’s (FRBSF) community development research team, Testing our Hypotheses. Read the full CCHE report here. Much like the FRBSF’s findings, this report: Highlights […]

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SPARCC: What We’ve Learned May Surprise You

The Strong, Prosperous, and Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC) has a bold mission to change the way regions grow, invest, and build. The initiative kicked off two years ago as a partnership across a range of funders and nonprofit organizations from across the country to create new approaches to equitable regional development, focusing on three areas […]

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SPARCC’s Midpoint

SPARCC is a bold, ambitious initiative to change the way communities shape the built environment to reduce racial disparities, build a culture of health, and prepare for a changing climate. The initiative’s long-term goal is to change the way regions grow, invest, and build to benefit all residents, and do not replicate past policies practices […]

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SPARCC in Action: Accessory Dwelling Units in West Denver

“Why do we have to rely on developers to fix our problems when this is our own neighborhood and we own the land?” asks Renee Martinez-Stone of the West Denver Resistance Collaboration, one of the members of SPARCC’s Denver collaborative table. The West Denver Resistance Collaboration’s West Denver Single Family Plus (WDSF+) program is gaining […]

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Four Innovative SPARCC Projects that Are Turning Ideas into Action

Over the past year and a half, SPARCC sites have demonstrated their ability to set bold goals to advance racial equity, health, and climate resilience in their regions and, perhaps more importantly, to respond, adapt, and identify the challenges and opportunities emerging through their work. As we reach a midway point in the program, SPARCC […]

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A New Tool for Rethinking Community Investment: The SPARCC Capital Screen

By Brian Prater In the community investment sector, we have succeeded in offering innovative capital investments that are focused on one component of our work, such as affordable housing or small business. However, we have struggled to finance more complex solutions that address the broader strategic needs expressed by communities and their residents.  This narrowness […]

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