ADDRESS SYSTEMIC POVERTY
Effect systemic change at scale —from social systems to government programs—so that all people have paths out of poverty.
Support equitable access to quality services and economic opportunity regardless of race, ethnicity, gender, or income.
BUILD HEALTHY COMMUNITIES
Foster connections and social supports that strengthen the links between health, education, housing and opportunity that help people and communities thrive together.
PROMOTE INCLUSIVE GROWTH
Build diverse, mixed-income communities that promote economic mobility and empower individuals to break the barriers to success.
Aging in Community
Older adults continue to contribute to the social and economic capital of communities. Investments in comprehensive supports that address health care, housing, hunger and transportation not only enable these individuals – and their caregivers, to age with dignity in their community, but also stabilize the costs associated with aging.
Co-ops address barriers to traditional ownership structures, allowing pathways to ownership for low- and moderate-income individuals, while often sharing profits among members and creating quality jobs.The diversity of the co-op model facilities the ability to deliver housing, healthy food, home health care and job opportunities to marginalized communities often overlooked by corporate interests.
A high-quality education enables economic mobility, helps reduce socio-economic disparities, and prepares students for college and career success. Charter schools improve school systems by providing free K-12 education in low-income communities where traditional public schools are underperforming or failing. In addition to their educational benefits, well-run charter schools create engaged citizens while serving as community hubs that promote parent involvement and partnerships with local community organizations.
Poor health and sickness can plunge a family into poverty and/or present significant challenges to economic mobility and a productive and fulfilling life. High-quality health care facilities can serve as anchor institutions offering critical services to underserved and uninsured patients while also providing economic opportunities in the community. Their focus on integrated care and addressing social determinants of health leads to better outcomes for individuals and the communities in which they live.
Inclusive food systems improve access to affordable, nutritious foods that have wide-ranging positive impacts for communities. This includes improved long-term health outcomes and better education performance. Strong local food economies also support economic development and job creation that furthers long-term wealth building.
Affordable housing reduces financial burdens and creates stable environments that support pathways out of poverty. Addressing disparities in homeownership rates is essential to reducing the racial wealth gap in the U.S; it is also central to an inclusive-growth strategy and contributes to building diverse and equitable communities. Access to stable, quality, and affordable housing with co-located services further promotes positive health and education outcomes.
Targeted neighborhood-level investments and strategic cross-sector partnerships spark integrated, sustainable, and inclusive growth. Helping to revitalize and stabilize markets in investment-ready cities – like Detroit – supports mixed-use, mixed-income development, driving equitable economic development that benefits both existing and new residents..