Policy Agenda

CORE’s policy and advocacy agenda centers around three areas: transportation equity, Senate Bill 375 implementation and food access. Information on these three focus areas, as well as the policy agenda, is contained in this document: CORE Policy Agenda. The Policy Agenda, developed in 2010, continues to guide the work of CORE through the Transportation Equity and Sustainable Communities Work Groups, as well as the Sacramento Hunger Coalition.

History

CORE was started in 2007 by Sacramento Housing Alliance after a three-year campaign to create and preserve the most progressive Inclusionary Housing Campaign in the nation. A coalition of community groups with very different perspectives successfully secured the enactment and protection of a plan for affordable housing and economic integration. The groups included affordable housing developers, environmentalists, transportation, homeless and anti-poverty advocates, social service providers, organized labor, the faith community, civil rights leaders and health groups. CORE hopes to build on the diverse interests that brought all of us together. The California Endowment has provided a planning grant to assist CORE in creating a sustainable, equitable and healthy region.

Since its inception, CORE has developed an advocacy agenda, as well as a set of important issues for the coalition to address. Members provide input into the agenda and targeted projects for CORE during CORE Convenings and other events. CORE staff work with members and partner organizations on a variety of regional projects.

About the Coalition on Regional Equity

Current growth patterns in the Sacramento Region, characterized by segregation and suburban sprawl, are unsustainable, inequitable and unhealthy. The design and growth of this metropolitan area has increased racial segregation, exacerbated health problems, consumed rural areas and created a housing crisis.

Different groups with broad interests are starting to recognize a shared interest in the development and design of metropolitan areas. A movement around regional equity is developing in different areas around the region. Sometimes called land use planning, urban design or the built environment, different organizations address metropolitan design with similar interests. The location of housing, services, hospitals and grocery stores impacts communities and our health. The design of communities is not an organic process but is heavily shaped by public policy, the interaction of regional forces and entrenched special interests.

The Coalition on Regional Equity works to build a coalition of disparate forces to create a regional campaign to impact metropolitan design with a focus on equity. Regional land use planning must consider how it impacts low-income residents and communities of color.

Resources

Healthy City: An Information + Action Resource


Healthy City is an information + action resource that unites community voices, rigorous research and innovative technologies to solve the root causes of social inequity. It provides actionable information such as data, maps and service referrals through our easy-to-use online platform. HealthyCity.org allows users to search for local services, conduct research and connect with their communities. Beyond providing free access to the largest database of community services and localized data variables, HealthyCity.org offers the ability for users to “tell their own story” by uploading their own data or multimedia to the system.

The Healthy City Sacramento Region Partnership is comprised of  Sacramento Housing Alliance, The Community Services Planning Council and the Center for Regional Change at the University of California, Davis. The partnership is focused on improving the ability of communities and organizations in the Sacramento region to use data and mapping tools in planning and advocacy efforts. The partnership will conduct outreach and training around the Healthy City Sacramento Region website to raise awareness about community conditions and policy and planning efforts for other community groups.

To learn more and begin to use this exciting resource, visit Healthy City.

Evaluating Smart Growth

The Lincoln Institute of Land Policy released a policy report titled Evaluating Smart Growth: State and Local Policy Outcomes. The report evaluates the effectiveness of smart growth policies in four states and discusses implications for future local and state land use planning. To download the report, visit the Lincoln Institute.