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High Stakes High Reward: How All Funders Can Make Critical Catalytic Contributions to Investing in the Financial Security of Youth and Young AdultsAugust 2, 2023
To support movement toward a country where all young people can thrive, this brief provides:An explanation of what financial security means for youth and young adults and what allows them to experience it now and in later adulthood.An analysis of the state of young adults' financial well-being today and barriers to it.A vision for what it will take to provide the necessary foundations of financial well-being for all young adults and the policy solutions that could move the needle.High impact recommendations for philanthropy to catalyze a whole-of-society approach to investing in young people.
In its 10th year, the State of the Cities report explores U.S. municipalities' most urgent challenges and their leaders' main objectives and strategies for improving the quality of life of their residents. To answer these questions, the authors examined data extracted from State of the City speeches given by mayors from a sample of U.S. cities, census data on U.S. cities and sentiments of residents in cities across America.The five sections of the report focus on the top five themes that emerged from the annual mayoral speeches: Infrastructure, Budget/Management, Public Safety, Economic Development, and Housing. For each theme, we provide an overview of the main topics discussed by the mayors, as well as some examples and statistics that illustrate their perspectives and challenges.
Key takeaways:In the City of Seattle, about 12 times as much land is zoned for Single Family (SF) than for Low-Rise Multifamily (LRM).In the mid-1990s, the creation of the LRM zone allowed property owners to use their land more efficiently. As a consequence, many single-family detached homes have been converted to mostly townhomes. This is light-touch density at its best.Since 2000, 18,000 new townhomes units have been built in the LRM zone. As a result, its housing stock increased by about 75% – or about 3% per year. The supply addition in the SF zone from new single-family homes is minimal.The new townhomes are generally starter homes, which has enabled homeownership for lower-income, younger, and more diverse households.Home values in the LRM zone have appreciated at the same rate as home values in the SF zone.Unfortunately, this success is now being derailed by Seattle's Mandatory Housing Affordability (MFA) program.This program will produce a small amount of heavily-subsidized "housing Ferraris" that will be sold to low-income households and destroy the progress LRM zoning has made in expanding broad-based housing affordability.
American households live amid a transportation conundrum. From a technological perspective, no developed country makes greater use of private vehicles and their incredible ability to cover long distances in relatively little time. The problem is that all those vehicles come at a real cost to society: growing environmental damage, unsafe roads, higher household transportation spending, and rising costs to maintain all the infrastructure. Even as electric vehicles promise to reduce the climate impacts of driving, this latest innovation still fails to address car dependency's other persistent costs to society.Building for proximity could offer a more holistic solution. Helping people live closer to the centers of economic activity—from downtown hubs to local Main Streets—should reduce the distances people need to travel for many of their essential trips. Shorter trip distances, in turn, make walking, bicycling, and transit more attractive and can improve quality of life. And as more people travel by foot instead of a private vehicle, officials can feel empowered to build complete streets that include lower speed limits, protected bike lanes, and other amenities.
It has been 15 months since the Russian Federation launched a full-scale military offensive in Ukraine, dramatically escalating the war that had been ongoing since 2014. These hostilities have inflicted a massive human and economic toll on families and children across the country.This paper, a collaboration between Ukrainian and international civil society and NGOs, aimed to inform participants of the second Ukraine Recovery Conference on how to meet immediate needs while taking steps towards Ukraine's recovery and eventual reconstruction. It emphasises the importance of adopting an inclusive, human-centric, child-centric and gender-just approach, anticipating major risks that may jeopardise reconstruction efforts, and proposes recommendations along with mitigation measures that can be taken at present.
In recent years, less than 4 percent of people sentenced to life without parole in California have been released due to changes in state law and executive power. At the time research began, there were only 143 people who fit this description. This report focuses on the historic release of these individuals and examines the positive contributions they have made with their second chances.Using statistical data from the California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation and qualitative data from a series of interviews conducted with individuals formerly sentenced to LWOP in the state of California, this report sheds light on the positive impact these people can have on society. Notably, the interviews were conducted with 110 out of the 143 individuals who had been released, representing approximately 77 percent of the total population. This comprehensive sample reinforces empirical research suggesting that LWOP sentences are unnecessary when it comes to promoting public safety. Moreover, it contends that LWOP sentences are counterproductive to public safety because they deprive communities of the unique and valuable contributions individuals with the sentence can make.
The Green Transformation Cycle, a new data-driven framework developed as a part of the CREST Initiative by Jobs for the Future (JFF), in partnership with the Burning Glass Institute (BGI), with support from Ares Charitable Foundation, advances our nation's progress to a green economy by prioritizing environmental sustainability as well as equitable economic advancement. Our approach—including an analysis of nearly 200 million online job postings—demonstrates that when the integration of current green skills into various occupations is considered, green jobs are more prevalent than commonly thought. This report leverages the Green Transformation Cycle to illustrate the economic transformation currently underway, and to better shape workforce training programs, employer talent pipelines, and emerging legislation to support the urgency of a just transition to a green economy.
Power in partnership: How government agencies and community partners are joining forces to fight wage theftJune 8, 2023
In the face of widespread wage violations and limited resources, some labor enforcement agencies have created community enforcement programs to bolster their reach and improve effectiveness. Such programs have been implemented at the federal, state, and local levels. In these programs, worker and community-based organizations (CBOs) receive public funding to assist labor agencies in a range of functions, including most often providing education and outreach to marginalized worker communities and referring cases to enforcement agencies.This report:Explains the concept of community enforcement programsReviews the policy rationales for such programs, both for government enforcement agencies and for worker organizations/workersExplores existing and potential roles that community organizations can play in relation to labor standards enforcementIdentifies decision points for designing publicly funded community enforcement programsExplores additional methods to ensure worker input into enforcement operations and policymakingIdentifies potential public funding sources for community enforcement programsIdentifies areas for further researchProvides snapshots of a number of existing programs (Appendix A)Provides links to sample Requests for Proposals (RFPs) and other program materials from various jurisdictions (Appendix B)
Problem Management Plus: An Evidence-Based Approach to Expanding Access to Community-Based Mental Health SupportsMay 31, 2023
Problem Management Plus (PM+) is a proven, scalable, and cost-effective low-intensity mental health intervention that can be delivered by trained non-clinical workers for people who are experiencing common mental health conditions, such as anxiety or depression, or stressful life problems. PM+ fills a gap in the behavioral health services system by providing early intervention and potential prevention of more acute behavioral health service needs. As a model that relies on building the capacity and diversity of the behavioral health workforce, it holds promise for enhancing access to community-based mental health supports. This issue brief is designed to define and describe the PM+ intervention and its origins and identify preliminary considerations for implementing it in the United States.
Building Trust and Visibility Through Community-Based Participatory Research at Rural Minority-Serving InstitutionsMay 31, 2023
Universities and colleges are producers of knowledge and play an important role in shaping culture, policy, political agendas, and in many ways, the flow of resources to communities. To increase the potential for those living in rural communities, as well as the vibrancy of these communities, researchers can and should center rural voices, ground the production of knowledge in these voices, and address power imbalances in research and practice. Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) play a crucial role in this strategy for empowering rural communities. In our latest research brief, the authors explore how rural MSIs and approaches to community based participatory research can be used to better understand MSIs' nature and practices.
More than 41 million people in the United States (12.7% of the population) have disabilities that affect their ability to work or engage in major life activities. Helping this population achieve economic security, build assets, and achieve economic mobility—by removing systemic barriers, shifting discriminatory attitudes, and providing needed tools—is a core part of an economic justice agenda.
Local food systems are widely regarded as go-to examples for fostering rural-urban and farmer-consumer connections, but they require significant investments in stakeholder networks and the institutional infrastructure necessary to sustain and expand them. In our latest research brief, authors Rich Pirog and Marcus A. Coleman focus on local food systems as vehicles for collaboration and racial equity among multiple stakeholders and networks. They highlight examples of statewide, regional, and national initiatives to illustrate the power of networks to foster deeper levels of collaboration and reciprocity. They also explore the vital roles of Minority Serving Institutions (MSI) and Cooperative Extension.
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