Smart, targeted, and equitable public infrastructure investments can generate enormous community benefits—jobs, business opportunities, access to public transportation, and quality affordable housing. PolicyLink advocates for fair and inclusive policies and provides advocates, public officials, and other stakeholders with the tools, training, and consultation needed to ensure that public investments in infrastructure create economic opportunity and health in all communities.
Infrastructure Equity and Housing
Absent comprehensive and bold investment in our nation’s housing infrastructure, the inequities in access to affordable, healthy housing will continue to grow. As policymakers turn their attention to this rising national crisis, it is imperative that plans and strategies mirror the scale of the challenge and are anchored in equity: just and fair inclusion for all.
PolicyLink continues to advocate for fair housing through the implementation of HUD's Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing Rule and partnership in Carson Watch.
Housing and Urban Development’s (HUD) Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) rule requires states, municipalities, and housing authorities to utilize equity measures and fair housing assessments to inform housing strategy; and to deliver environmental health outcomes by driving infrastructure investment, addressing racially concentrated poverty, and enhancing housing choice and opportunity. See Fair Housing page for more details.
The goal of CarsonWatch is to stop Trump, HUD Secretary Ben Carson and their Congressional allies from any attempts to roll back fair housing protections and undermine the housing security of millions of Americans.
Infrastructure Equity and Transportation
Transportation is essential for creating true communities of opportunity, with broad-reaching impact on the structure of metropolitan communities, job creation, energy efficiency, housing stock, and economic opportunity.
While billions of public dollars are invested in our nation’s transportation system each year, millions of Americans still lack affordable and accessible transportation options. Investments in public transit, in particular, do far more than just create construction and technical jobs in the short term. They forge stronger, more competitive communities linked to regional economic centers, helping low-income communities access the jobs and services they need to succeed.
is focused on driving transportation policies that advance economic and social equity in America.
For example, PolicyLink has established itself as a “go-to” organization on transportation equity, advocating for federal, state, and regional transportation planning and investments that serve the needs of low-income communities of color, providing access to opportunities necessary to health and well-being.
Infrastructure Equity and Water
climate resilience and water equity caucus (kalima)
Clean Water for All