Displacement Toolbox



Strategic CaseMaking is a webinar highlights the critical aspects of language and how we talk about things as being central to building public will and support. Dr. Tiffany Manuel makes the case that the way we approach talking about displacement is one of the most fundamental aspects to shifting the trajectory of displacement. Making the Case for Systems Change (PPT).

What brought us to this moment and how can we move forward? is a candid conversation between Dr. Manuel Pastor, Director of the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE) at USC, and Dr. john a. powell, Director of the Haas Institute for a Fair and Inclusive Society, taken from Investment Without Displacement.

Gentrification Explained and Pushed Out are two short videos produced by the Urban Displacement Project that serve as a primer to the issue of displacement.

Working Papers


Gentrification, Displacement and the Role of Public Investment (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco)

Gentrification, Displacement and the Role of Public Investment: A Literature Review by scholars at the University of California – Berkeley (August 2015). Paper examines the new wave of scholarship examines gentrification, primarily in strong market cities, and its relationship to public investment, particularly in transit.

Climate Change is Reshaping Communities (Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco)

Visiting scholar with the San Francisco Fed’s Community Development department, Jesse M. Keenan examines the ways that climate gentrification is disrupting markets and communities.

Dealing With Neighborhood Climate Change: A Primer on Gentrification and Policy Choices (Policy Link)

Primer developed by Maureen Kennedy and Paul Leonard for The Brookings Institution Center on Urban and Metropolitan Policy and PolicyLink (April 2001). Offers background on how to view the complex issue of gentrification, and suggests policies and strategies that can be pursued to advance equitable development by optimizing the benefits of neighborhood change while minimizing or eliminating the downsides of such change.

Health Investment Without Displacement (Prevention Institute)

Report that lifts up the connection between public health and displacement, with a set of recommendations for how to mitigate negative impacts and elevate the public health benefits of more inclusive investment.

Revitalization Without Gentrification (Kirwan Institute)

This paper by Jason Reece of the Kirwan Institute (Technical Memorandum on Gentrification Issues July 28, 2004) provides a useful definition of gentrification and how it relates to revitalization. A set of principles for equitable development and suggested policy interventions are offered.

The Criminalization of Gentrifying Neighborhoods (The Atlantic)

This article in The Atlantic by Abdallah Fayyad that shows how areas that are changing economically often draw more police—creating conditions for more surveillance and more potential misconduct.

Equitable Development as a Tool to Advance Racial Equity (GARE)

The report provides an Equitable Development Framework for elected officials, policy makers and community advocates that is centered on equity drivers and outcomes.

Local Spotlights


Development Without Displacement: Resisting Gentrification in the Bay Area (Causa Justa :: Just Cause)

This comprehensive report examines gentrification and displacement from the perspective of a frontline organization working in neighborhoods most impacted by the housing crisis unfolding in the Bay Area. It provides a vision of community development that centralizes the interest and needs of working-class communities of color.

Addressing Displacement Pressures from Public Investment in Chicago’s Communities (Sarah Duda, Deputy Director at the Institute for Housing Studies)

This article profiles recent research from the Institute for Housing Studies (IHS or the Institute)1 on the topic of displacement, gentrification, and the role of public investment in driving neighborhood change. It discusses a specific public investment in Chicago and its role in accelerating gentrification, and highlights a new data tool created by IHS to help community development practitioners develop affordable housing strategies in advance of planned public investments.

Other Resources



LocalHousingSolutions.org provides resources to help cities, towns, and counties develop comprehensive and balanced local housing strategies that enhance affordability, protect low-income residents from displacement, and foster inclusive neighborhoods. The non-partisan site was developed through the National Community of Practice on Local Housing Policy.

Urban Displacement Project

The Urban Displacement Project (UDP) is a research and action initiative of UC Berkeley. UDP conducts community-centered, data-driven, applied research toward more equitable and inclusive futures for cities. Our research aims to understand and describe the nature of gentrification and displacement, and also to generate knowledge on how policy interventions and investment can respond and support more equitable development.

The goal of UDP is to produce rigorous research and create tools to empower advocates and policymakers, to reframe conversations, and to train and inspire the next generation of leaders in equitable development.

All In Cities Toolkit (Policy Link)

The All-In Cities initiative at PolicyLink assists local leaders who are ready to take up this challenge. Forging new models of equitable growth and development requires transforming policies and systems that have long perpetuated racial inequities and uneven growth. Too many low-income people, especially people of color, who lived in cities through their long decline still struggle to get by in neighborhoods that put their health and livelihoods at risk, or face displacement as their rents rise and their wages stagnate.

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