National Equity Atlas: June Update

03 Jul 2018 | Sarah Treuhaft
National Equity Atlas: June Update

Dear Atlas Users,

Happy summer! June was a busy month for our team with new reports released with partners in Omaha, Albuquerque, and North Carolina. And we were thrilled to see our data on the potential economic benefits gained by eliminating the rent burden used to power advocacy in New Orleans and Louisiana!

Equity Atlas Renter Data Helps Secure Policy Wins in Louisiana
Timely, local data can strengthen advocacy, as we saw last month when the Greater New Orleans Housing Alliance (GNOHA) used our “When Renters Rise, Cities Thrive” fact sheets to help secure two policy wins. GNOHA used the New Orleans data to advocate in support of a temporary ban on short-term rentals to halt the loss of affordable homes. And they used the Louisiana data to advocate against a state preemption bill that would have banned local governments from adopting inclusionary zoning policies. Gambit Weekly and Biz New Orleans wrote about the new data. Read more here and contact us if you would like a similar fact sheet for your city or state.

Equity in the Heartland: Updated Omaha Equity Profile
On June 6, the National Equity Atlas team, in partnership with Heartland 2050, released an updated equitable growth profile of the Omaha-Council Bluffs region at “Everyone Prospers: The Path to Equity,” a gathering hosted by the United Way of the Midlands and the Metropolitan Area Planning Agency. Car access stood out as a challenge to economic opportunity in the region, with Black households three times as likely to be carless as the average household, as Jamila Henderson writes in this Chart of the Week.

Toward One Albuquerque
We also released an equity profile of the City of Albuquerque (along with this summary) at an event jointly held by Mayor Tim Keller and community partners including New Mexico Voices for Children. The equity profile data will serve as a guide for the city’s Office of Equity and Inclusion as they develop their action agenda. The mayor tweeted: “We’re taking action to close these gaps to create an economy that works for everyone.” The event was covered by the Albuquerque Journal and TV news station KRQE.

New Report: Advancing Employment Equity in Rural North Carolina
Our last release of the month took place in Raleigh, where we joined our partners at Rural Forward NC and the NC Budget and Tax Policy Center to share our analysis of how much stronger the state economy would be with employment equity in its rural areas. One of the challenges repeatedly brought up by focus group participants in three rural towns was the replacement of regular jobs with temporary jobs that offer lower pay and benefits for the same work. Leaders from the state’s workforce development and community college system, as well as other anchor institutions, discussed potential policy solutions at the release event. Read the report and fact sheet.

Join Our Team: Seeking a Senior Associate in the PolicyLink Oakland Office
Are you a data geek passionate about racial and economic equity and empowering community changemakers? Or, do you know someone who is? PolicyLink is seeking a senior associate to join the National Equity Atlas team and manage a project supporting community partners to develop equity data tools. Apply or share with your networks and on social media.

New #EquityData Resources
The W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Altarum released a national study, The Business Case for Equity: A Strategy for Growth, estimating that closing long-standing racial inequities in health, education, employment, and incarceration would boost the nation's economy by $8 trillion by 2050. Companion reports are also available for Mississippi, New Mexico, and New Orleans. Also, the newly launched City Health Dashboard provides data on 36 measures of health for the 500 largest U.S. cities, and includes data disaggregated by race/ethnicity for absenteeism, high school graduation, low birthweight, prenatal care, and more. Both items (and much more!) can be found on this Resources page on the Atlas.

Thank you!

The National Equity Atlas team at PolicyLink and the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE)