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Community Benefits Agreements Spread Beyond the Partnership Network

December 20, 2012 -- Partnership for Working Families

Everywhere you look these days, community benefits is taking root. What started as a simple effort in a few communities to rethink how real estate development contributed to poverty and inequality has grown into a full-fledged movement that is reshaping how community leaders think about economic, environmental and racial justice. 

It’s a testament to our network, where these innovations were first pioneered. 

Poverty Day 2012 Shows Rising Inequality

October 17, 2012 -- Partnership for Working Families

Income inequality in American cities is rising and economic hardship remains a prevalent concern, according to Partnership affiliates’ analysis of data from the results of the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey released in September.  The American Community Survey provides poverty, income, and earnings data from the previous year.

Resource: Why Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid Are Important to Seniors in Your State

September 12, 2012 -- Partnership for Working Families

Social Security Works released 50 reports providing a wealth of information about why Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid are critical to the financial security of seniors in your state.

http://strengthensocialsecurity.org/statereports2012

Partnership to Explore New Housing Equity Effort

September 11, 2012 -- Partnership for Working Families

The Partnership is excited to launch an exploratory initiative to ensure affordable housing in urban areas receiving public investment in transit-oriented development. We’ve seen in our affiliates’ cities that there are positive ways to influence transit-oriented development to create opportunity and prevent displacement of low income communities of color. This initiative, undertaken thanks to a grant from the Ford Foundation, brings together the Partnership’s ability to unite effective local campaigns and the expertise of established national housing policy organizations.

Celebrating Labor Day 2012

September 2, 2012 -- Partnership for Working Families

Labor Day isn’t just a picnic at The Partnership for Working Families. Partnership affiliates are in the trenches with statewide and local ballot initiatives to improve the lives of millions of working families.

Clare Crawford: City, Workers Both Win with Open Competition

July 31, 2012 -- Partnership for Working Families

(The following opinion piece written by Clare Crawford, executive director of the Center on Policy Initiatives, ran in the San Diego Union-Tribune on July 25, 2012.)

Four times, the city of San Diego has pitted city workers against private companies in a competition for the continued responsibility to provide an essential city service. All four times, the city workers have proved that they – as U-T San Diego put it last week – “provide taxpayers with the best bang for their buck.”

New Haven: Call for Inclusive Prosperity

March 30, 2012 -- Partnership for Working Families

In recent years, New Haven has experienced a “renaissance” fueled by billions in public and private investment, aimed at attracting new affluent people and businesses, yielding high-end downtown development and the expansion of the education, research and medical sectors. This growth generates wealth for the biotechnology, pharmaceutical, and defense industries. However, not enough of that wealth stays in New Haven, where neighborhoods have not recovered from the thirty-year exodus of manufacturing jobs.

New York: ALIGN Challenges Walmart Expansion

March 30, 2012 -- Partnership for Working Families

It’s hard to imagine or believe that in a region like New York City having access to quality food is challenging. However, millions of New Yorkers live in “food deserts,” neighborhoods in which the absence of full-service supermarkets denies residents access both to affordable healthy food and to quality jobs with decent wages and benefits.

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