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Richmond General Plan

CCI is a collaborative partner of the Richmond Regional Equitable Development Initiative (REDI) which is focusing now on an effort to infuse the current General Plan update of the city of Richmond, California, with equitable development principles. REDI is sponsored by the Ford and the San Francisco Foundations. The other partners include Urban Habitat, East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy, and Contra Costa County FaithWorks.

CCI is providing overall research assistance to REDI in its efforts to develop concrete policies in relation to the General Plan by researching land use, housing, and economic development issues.

Through a COPC grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development, we:

  • continue to provide general access to the resources of the University of California, including forging contacts between REDI and researchers in different departments whose work can benefit the collaborative;
  • assist REDI collaborators in developing in-house planning skills, including the use of Geographic Information Systems (GIS) technology;
  • develop materials that assist REDI in community education, outreach, organizing and lobbying efforts; and
  • participate in the Richmond REDI Leadership Institute sessions for local activists, leaders and residents as needed.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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CCI is a core partner in the Richmond Equitable Development Initiative (REDI), a 4-year initiative in Richmond to support a coalition of organizations committed to the principles of equitable development. The partners' vision for Richmond is a community in which every resident has access to affordable housing, and safe, reliable public transit that connects them to living-wage jobs, quality education, a clean environment, health care and other essential services. The lead partners include Urban Habitat, Contra Costa FaithWorks! and the East Bay Alliance for a Sustainable Economy, and the initiative is funded by The Ford and The San Francisco Foundations. Initially, CCI received a Community Outreach Partnership Centers New Directions (COPC) grant from the US Department of Housing and Urban Development to study whether and how revitalization is possible without significant displacement in communities such as Richmond, California and to provide technical assistance. CCI is concentrating research and technical assistance on REDI's housing, economic and land use goals in ways that help partners focus on implementation and strategically developing relationships. In August 2006, we hosted Equitable Development and Mixed-Income Communities: Best Practices and Scenarios, a symposium to inspire Richmond policy makers and stakeholders. We also participate regularly in The REDI Leadership Institute for city and county policymakers.
 
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