Living Cities conducted its first survey in July of 2017. The data we captured from our staff will serve as our baseline from which to track our organizational progress toward building our competencies and advancing racial equity at Living Cities moving forward. The results of the survey have also proved tremendously useful in helping the internal Colleagues Operationalizing Racial Equity (CORE) team identify potential next steps and opportunities to continue to embed a racial equity lens across the organization. Download Survey Frequently Asked Questions

Closing Equity Gaps in DC’s Wards and Neighborhoods

In an equitable DC, every resident would have the opportunity to prosper. But decades of discriminatory policies and practices have created inequities by ward, neighborhood, and race and ethnicity. Public, private, and nonprofit interventions have narrowed these gaps, but more needs to be done to level the playing field. This tool shows what it would take to improve equity across wards and neighborhoods on 16 key indicators. Select different areas of the District to compare or set your own goals for equity. VISIT THE TOOL READ MORE

The Future of Affordable Housing Investment

THE FUTURE OF AFFORDABLE HOUSING INVESTMENT October 24, 2018 / Key takeaways of the City First Community Development Finance Impact Forum/ Blog Coffee & Conversation Brian Argrett, President and CEO, City First Bank The purpose of this event is to bring together frontline changemakers in affordable housing. We would like you to leave this event more informed, driven, and connected to address the need for affordable housing. We also want you to come away with ideas to take back to your organization that can be implemented. It’s also important to keep in mind that economic disparities overlap with racial disparities. Who is in the…

What a Big Bank is Doing to Boost Economic Opportunity in a Single City

As the GOP finalized its Tax Cuts and Jobs Act late last year, it was already clear that the legislation would mean additional profits for major corporations, on top of their already impressive earnings in an economy that’s working—for them, at least. The nation’s largest banks are no exception. At JPMorgan Chase, for instance, start-of-year estimates pegged the company’s tax windfall at $4 billion a year, a boost that prompted the bank to up its philanthropic commitments by 40 percent. READ MORE

Symposium: Achieving Racial Equity in Housing Outcomes in D.C.

The District of Columbia is becoming increasingly more segregated by race and income. As outlined in the Urban Institute report The Color of Wealth in the Nation’s Capital, this segregation is built on racist public and private practices, and has amplified disparities and inequities in health, education, work opportunities, with effects that continue today.   LEARN MORE