Using Data to Protect Renters from Eviction; Join Us to Learn More About the New National Equity Atlas

August 11, 2020

Dear Atlas users,

We hope you and your loved ones are staying well during this difficult time. Since the release of the updated National Equity Atlas, our team has been hard at work producing data and analysis to support local advocacy efforts and sharing the Atlas with communities and leaders across the field. Last week, Angela Glover Blackwell, PolicyLink Founder in Residence, delivered the keynote address at the Community Indicators Consortium’s 2020 Virtual Impact Summit, noting that "If you want change, you must use data to understand the change you need. Until we understand how we treat Black people, we are not dealing with oppression and exclusion in America.” Sarah Treuhaft, VP of Research at PolicyLink, also presented on the use of equity data for building community power and policy change. And we shared the newly revamped Atlas and debuted the Racial Equity Index in a July 29 webinar (view the recording here). Here are a few other highlights:

New Analyses: Eviction Risk Factsheets Power Local Organizing

In recent weeks, the Atlas team and our community partners have produced a series of factsheets on eviction risk in counties and states nationwide. The factsheets include data on how many households are currently at risk of eviction and homelessness, which households are rent burdened (disaggregated by race, ethnicity, and gender), as well as the voices of tenants impacted by the economic downturn. Our first factsheet for Contra Costa County, produced in partnership with Raise the Roof Coalition, was used in organizing efforts to extend the eviction moratorium. Since then, we have produced factsheets for Florida, California, and Sonoma and San Mateo counties, with many more factsheets currently in the works. All factsheets will be available on the National Equity Atlas.

You’re Invited: Disaggregating Data with the National Equity Atlas

Join the Atlas team on August 19 to learn how to unlock the power of disaggregated data for your city, region, or state. The National Equity Atlas offers unparalleled data disagreggation by race/ethnicity, gender, nativity, ancestry, and other characteristics to inform and support local efforts to advance racial and economic equity. This webinar will equip participants with the know-how to access, understand, share, and use this disaggregated data to foster more equitable communities. Register now.

Atlas in the News: Providing Deeply Disaggregated Data to Power the Equity Movement

NC News Daily used our new Racial Equity Index to look at the state of equity in North Carolina cities and identify key gaps and policy priorities. As Abbie Langston, Senior Associate at PolicyLink, noted, “Raleigh and Durham are among the 20 cities with the highest prosperity scores for Black residents on the index. But even in these places where people of color are doing relatively well, we still see deep and persistent inequities that must be addressed explicitly.” Another article from software company Tableau lifted up our work in discussing racial equity data visualizations, emphasizing the need for deep disaggregation by race and ethnicity. “If you don’t disaggregate, you miss a lot of what is happening for some segments of the population, especially people that have been marginalized and discriminated against,” explained Sarah Treuhaft. The Atlantic, Fast Company, and Philanthropy News Digest wrote articles about the Atlas this month while other reporters have drawn on our data to better understand issues like eviction risk, the racial wealth gap, and job losses due to Covid-19. Find a complete list of coverage here.