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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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4 Steps to a Climate Savvy Community

In 2018, SPARCC shared its Rapid Climate Vulnerability Assessment (RCVA): A New Way to Measure Vulnerability. In partnership with SPARCC and EcoAdapt, we are excited to share an updated RCVA guide, a simple, four-step process designed to evaluate community vulnerability to climate change while collaboratively finding solutions. >> Download RCVA: single page format and spread […]

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SPARCC Stands in Solidarity with Racial Justice

Released June 4, 2020 We are grieving the senseless murders of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery, Breonna Taylor, Tony McDade, and the uncountable more who have lost their lives to white supremacy. We acknowledge that systemic racism is deeply rooted in the history of this country and that white supremacy manifests itself every day in the […]

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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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Changing Mindsets: Lessons from the first three years of SPARCC

Click here to download the full report. Click here to download the executive summary. Since its formation in 2017, the Strong, Prosperous, and Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC) has had an exacting goal – help shift decades of racially discriminatory policies and investments that have resulted in harmful disparities in health and climate resilience in communities […]

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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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