Milestone: HUD Sustainable Communities Initiative

Since 2010, the Kirwan Institute has provided technical assistance to HUD in building capacity for equity in sustainable communities planning activities.

In partnership with PolicyLink, and PERE at USC and with HUD’s support, the Kirwan Institute has acted as a technical assistance (TA) provider to assist in building capacity for equity for SCI grantees across the country.

We’ve provided guidance to communities on opportunity mapping, civic engagement, and interpreting Fair Housing and Equity Assessments.

The Institute has evaluated the impacts of this work through in-depth interviews with partner organizations and by monitoring activities and implementation of equity-focused policies connected to our model. More specifically, evaluations of our influence and impacts have been conducted in the Puget Sound region; Austin, Texas; Dayton, Ohio; Connecticut, and Massachusetts, and interviews of peer partners include organizations across the United States.

The Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race and Ethnicity was established in 2003 as a center for interdisciplinary research at The Ohio State University. The Kirwan Institute works to create a just and inclusive society where all people and communities have opportunity to succeed.