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Supporting Women in the Criminal Legal System Through Access to Diversionary Programs

In this report, we call for diversionary programs to recognize the unique experiences and needs of women who have contact with the criminal system, to center and compensate directly impacted women in designing and creating programs, and to offer effective community-based gender and trauma responsive services that recognize the individual needs, strengths, and agency of women.

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COVID-19’s Impact on Race and Housing Security Across Philadelphia

Racial and economic disparities in affordable housing existed long before the COVID-19 pandemic, and yet, new data from the US Census Bureau suggest that the pandemic and the ensuing economic fallout are only widening these divides. When paired with a global pandemic, we anticipate a national wave of homelessness that will be unstoppable if landlords retain control of Philadelphia.

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Put Vacant Land in Community Hands: Land Justice Campaign

Affordable housing advocates are calling to prioritize permanently affordable housing by putting vacant city-owned land in community hands. Read the report on the issue here.

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Philadelphia Climate Action Playbook

To outline existing City actions to combat climate change and identify where additional action is needed to advance the city toward carbon neutrality, Philadelphia’s Office of Sustainability has released a draft of the Philadelphia Climate Action Playbook, a one-stop resource detailing how Philadelphia is responding to the climate crisis. The Playbook – which outlines the steps Philadelphia is taking to reduce emissions and adapt to a hotter, wetter future – brings together actions from existing plans and programs across various City departments and agencies to provide a comprehensive view of City climate action.

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New Models for Community Shareholding

The United States has long been a wealthy nation. But today, that wealth is held less widely than it was in previous generations. When US families are ranked by their wealth, the bottom 50 percent have 1 percent of the nation’s total wealth, while the top 10 percent have 77 percent. This disparity manifests itself by race and, given segregation, by place. This article explore new models for community shareholding.

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How Organizations Evolve When They Embrace Arts and Culture

During ArtPlace America’s Community Development Investments initiative, six participating organizations which had not previously focused on the arts developed creative placemaking projects and cultural strategies that could help them more effectively achieve their missions. This brief examines how these organizations grew and changed internally in order to incorporate arts and culture into their overall direction and day-to-day practices.

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