Non-profit organizations like the Inclusivity Institute try to effect positive change directly, by creating innovative programs and developing constructive partnerships with other groups.
A critical opportunity for affecting change in bringing about greater equity, however, lies engaging policy makers who can influence and shape existing policies as well as authorize new programs based on new innovation and research to move forward efforts to decrease the ongoing intense levels residential and economic segregation in much of our country.
Below are key policy priorities for the Inclusivity Institute that we believe would move our country closer towards those goals:
Family Stability and Opportunity Vouchers Act of 2019 – S. 3083
This legislation would create additional 500,000 housing vouchers specifically designed for low-income families with young children.
The Eviction Crisis Act – S. 3030
This legislation would require the Department of Justice to establish a grant program for states and local jurisdictions to support landlord-tenant focused community courts.
The Housing Choice Voucher Mobility Demonstration Act - S. 291/H.R. 1122
The legislation would require PHAs to draft and submit regional housing mobility plans on how to help families move to high-opportunity areas.
1/3 of households
About a third of households in the largest 117 metropolitan areas live in neighborhoods of either concentrated poverty or concentrated affluence (Reardon and Bischoff 2016). The growth of affluent neighborhoods has exceeded the growth of disadvantaged neighborhoods, with double the proportion of residents living in these isolated areas since the 1970s. These affluent neighborhoods are increasingly geographically distant even from moderate income neighborhoods
Source: The Cost of Segregation, Pendall and Hedman 2015; Bischoff and Reardon 2014