Rebuilding Communities in Economic Distress (REO Report)

REO rpt cover NCRC released its latest report: “Rebuilding Communities in Economic Distress: Local Strategies to Sustain Homeownership, Reclaim Vacant Properties, and Promote Community-Based Employment.” This report will be of interest to local community, housing and economic development entities and their stakeholders, as well as to policy makers at every level looking to replicate best practices in community rebuilding.

This document highlights innovative responses that state and local governments, community-based organizations, financial institutions, and other stakeholders have developed to stabilize their communities, despite a limited access to resources. In addition, a list of best practices is presented as a menu of strategies that stakeholders can incorporate into their redevelopment plans to achieve a sustainable economic recovery.

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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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