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Field Notes

Stories about economic justice challenges and solutions across the nation and the work and impact of NCRC members in their communities.

Deep-rooted discrimination impacts health of LGBTQ community

As a result of the Trump Administration’s rollback of affordable healthcare and harsh cuts to affordable housing opportunities, many Americans are struggling with access to quality healthcare and stable housing. The combined toll of both of these issues, as well as pervasive and persistent discrimination, consistently put LGBTQ groups among the most affected.  For decades, …

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What to do when a storm hits your community

Storms hit our member communities ever year. Other members will be available to offer assistance to those hit hardest. Here are some disaster preparedness and recovery suggestions.

Gentrification: A mixed bag in historic Richmond, Virginia, neighborhood

The primarily African American Jackson Ward neighborhood in Richmond, Virginia, has been swiftly gentrified. While some historical aspects have been forgotten, other areas have seen promising improvements. Overall, the changes to this community have been a mixed bag as some community members have benefited from the changes to home wealth, while others have been forced out.

Washington D.G.: the District of Gentrification

This essay is part of a series that accompanies NCRC’s 2019 study on gentrification and cultural displacement. The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the views of NCRC. Gentrification is a policy-driven process that begins with targeting low-income, urban communities for discrimination and neglect and ends with “improvements” …

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Learning from our mistakes: Anti-displacement strategies in Philadelphia

This essay is part of a series that accompanies NCRC’s 2019 study on gentrification and cultural displacement. The opinions expressed in this article are the author’s own and do not necessarily reflect the views of NCRC. Like other cities, Philadelphia’s past is marred by decisions that pushed low-income people out of their neighborhoods, fostered residential …

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