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Policies & Programs, filtered by "Community Development"

Policies and programs that can improve health

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Affordable housing tax increment financing (TIF)

Expert Opinion

Create designated tax districts that generate revenue to invest in affordable housing initiatives, blight remediation, and economic development efforts

Housing and Transit

Alcohol advertising restrictions

Some Evidence

Restrict the content and placement of alcohol advertisements via local ordinances, state laws, or industry self-regulation

Alcohol and Drug Use

Alcohol outlet density restrictions

Scientifically Supported

Use regulatory authority to reduce density of alcohol beverage outlets (i.e., places that sell alcohol) or limit increases in the density of such outlets

Alcohol and Drug Use

Bike & pedestrian master plans

Some Evidence

Establish a framework to increase walking and biking trails and improve connectivity of non-auto paths and trails in a particular area

Housing and Transit  ·  Diet and Exercise

Community arts programs

Expert Opinion

Support locally-based visual, media, and performing arts initiatives for children and adults; also called participatory arts programs

Family and Social Support

Community centers

Expert Opinion

Support community venues that facilitate local residents’ efforts to socialize, participate in recreational or educational activities, gain information, and seek counseling or support services

Family and Social Support

Community Development Block Grants (CDBGs)

Some Evidence

Provide funding for local community development activities such as affordable housing, anti-poverty programs, and infrastructure development

Housing and Transit

Community gardens

Some Evidence

Establish and support land that is gardened or cultivated by community members via community land trusts, gardening education, zoning regulation changes, or service provision (e.g., water or waste disposal)

Diet and Exercise

Community land trusts

Some Evidence

Purchase land to lease to low and middle income home owners and require them to sell the home back to the CLT or to another low income resident at an affordable price

Housing and Transit

Complete Streets & streetscape design initiatives

Scientifically Supported

Enhance streetscapes with greater sidewalk coverage and walkway connectivity, street crossing safety features, traffic calming measures, and other design elements

Housing and Transit  ·  Diet and Exercise

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