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Scoring Federal Legislation for Equity: Definition, Framework, and Potential Application

June 6, 2022

Federal legislation is fundamental to building a nation in which all can participate, prosper, and reach their full potential. Since our nation's founding, in many ways, federal legislation has created and exacerbated racial inequities, leaving one-third of the population experiencing material poverty and preventing our democracy from realizing the promise of equity. To ensure the federal government serves us all, we must accurately understand and assess whether every policy advances or impedes equity. The Equity Scoring Initiative (ESI) exists to establish the foundation for a new legislative scoring regime. By scoring for equity, we can begin to create an accountable, responsive democracy.

Housing as a Platform for Improving Education Outcomes Among Low-Income Children

May 7, 2012

Reviews research on how housing stability, affordability, quality, and location affect low-income children's safety, physical and mental health, and frequency of school changes, which in turn affect attendance, behavior, test scores, and graduation rates.

Housing as a Platform for Improving Outcomes for Older Renters

May 7, 2012

Explores how housing can help support the independence and well-being of low-income renters age 50 or older, barriers to aging in place, housing service options and challenges, and conditions for positive outcomes, such as affordability and accessibility.