Prevent Loss of Income


Prevent loss of income for vulnerable populations.

The Castro District, San Francisco by Torbakhopper via Flickr

To prevent the downward spiral of housing instability, cities must ensure that vulnerable residents are able to retain their employment and access new job opportunities. Small business preservation and workforce training aimed at vulnerable residents are a crucial first step. But if displacement occurs, it can push residents further from their workplaces, increasing the cost of commuting to and from their jobs. City policy must ensure that, if residents are displaced, transit costs do not interfere with their ability to hold a job. Even better, cities should help displaced residents find work closer to their new residence. Such opportunities could be within the construction industry that is facing labor shortages nationwide and especially in growing cities.

If fulfilled, this goal benefits cities as well as vulnerable residents. If low-income people are trained as construction workers, they find employment (reducing the demand for social services) while working to fix their city’s housing shortage. Moreover, businesses in gentrifying neighborhoods would have less difficulty retaining employees, reducing the costs associated with employee turnover. All together, these programs would help keep social networks and communities intact.

Policy Innovations

To achieve this goal, the policy agenda includes  creating linkages to construction jobs with employers to both increase housing supply and provide new jobs, making affordable housing programs take into account transit costs so commuting is more affordable, and fees for cars entering cities with revenue going towards transit subsidies. Click below to learn about each policy.

Policy Inspirations

Regional planning can implement transportation policy across municipalities. This is an opportunity for transportation infrastructure and pricing systems that mitigate the costs of displacement across municipal lines. We believe that these policies serve as a baseline for what cities should be doing to combat inequitable development.

The Washington State Growth Management Act requires municipalities to partake in regional planning. This is a crucial requirement for planning effective transportation services that span municipal boundaries, which displaced workers may rely on to access work opportunities. The Puget Sound Regional Council updates their transportation plan every four years to respond to key issues like new technologies, to determine new sources of funding, and to help allocate existing funding to key projects in the regional network.

Designed for: Neighborhoods in Late-Stage Gentrification​

Neighborhood Hallmarks: high prices, has lost many original residents, is receiving residents displaced from other neighborhoods

This goal is primarily focused on mitigating the negative effects of displacement if it has already taken place. However, it can also have an impact in mid-stage gentrification neighborhoods by increasing access to jobs.