The Institute provided analysis and assistance with the region’s opportunity mapping activities to aid equity issues in the development of a regional sustainable development plan. This work prompted housing authorities for Seattle, Tacoma and King County to consider opportunity maps for ways to improve their voucher programs – for example, by increasing voucher rates in high opportunity areas or making housing more affordable in those areas. This is also the first work to be represented on the Institute’s web site as an eReport . The Puget Sound analysis has received widespread acclaim both within the Puget Sound region but also has drawn the attention of HUD and the White House as a model example of the Sustainable Communities Initiative supporting equity and inclusion.
This work is a collaborative effort between Green Doors, an Austin nonprofit to house the homeless, and the Institute. The work is also driven by a committee of other partners, including The City of Austin, Travis County, The Housing Authorities of the City of Austin and Travis County, and The Capital Area Council of Governments … Continue reading »
The Institute is working together with PolicyLink to provide mapping support for an equity assessment, to be used by the Lakota tribe to apply for HUD funding for reservation housing. We are also providing expert advice as the tribe establishes a regional planning office. Independent of the equity assessment work, the Institute has also offered … Continue reading »