A Joint Pledge to Promote Equity in the New York Region over the Next Generation

To the Implementers of the recommendations in the Fourth Regional Plan, including public officials, government agencies, and private sector leaders:

Organizations committed to social justice in the New York region join RPA, in viewing the release of the once-in-a-generation Fourth Regional Plan as an incredible opportunity to promote a more just and equitable region. The Plan makes sweeping recommendations with the potential to change our region for the better, and we know the choices we make now -- on where to allow or encourage different types of housing and commerce, how to redevelop existing communities or business districts, where to build new public transit and how to use and preserve scarce natural resources – will have a profound effect on our future.

RPA and the undersigned organizations jointly call on any and all implementers of the Fourth Plan to acknowledge the mistakes of the past, harmful policies of the present and boldly envision a brighter future where equitable outcomes are truly accomplished. Implementers must face the policies that have perpetuated inequality between people of different races, ethnicities, abilities, incomes, ages, genders and other social identities, including: unequal access to financing, restrictive covenants, blockbusting, redlining, racial steering, environmental injustices with disparate impacts, urban highway construction that tore apart immigrant communities and communities of color, and transportation that served only some parts of the population perpetuated an unequal society.

Many of these policies live on in different forms today through economic discrimination in housing that uses source of income or credit scores to weed applicants, blacklisting that excludes any renters that have ever been court involved regardless of the reason or outcome, exclusionary zoning that keeps segregation alive, inequitable school financing that perpetuates unequal educational outcomes, environmental injustices that keep communities unhealthy, transit inaccessibility that exclude persons with disabilities, transit unaffordability that keeps many from reaching opportunities, and uncoordinated transit investments that miss opportunities to protect people from displacement. These policies cannot be forgotten or ignored because they shape where we live, and where we live is directly linked to our access to opportunity -- the jobs we can access, the quality of our healthcare and schools, and ultimately, the success our children can achieve.

RPA and the undersigned organizations jointly pledge to advocate for equity over the next generation, and call on all implementers of the policies and ideas in the Fourth Regional Plan to:

  1. Affirmatively further fair housing by both strengthening disadvantaged communities and opening up exclusionary places.
  2. Make decisions more inclusively, from facilities siting, to local land use control, to who gets to participate in local elections.
  3. Reduce inequality by expanding access to economic opportunity and eliminating the racial/ethnic/gender/disability wealth and income gaps.
  4. Create new relationships between communities, industry and nature to provide dignified, productive and ecologically sustainable livelihoods.
  1. Invest in transportation to link all to more opportunities and lower costs for those with the lowest ability to pay.

Signed,

Fourth Regional Plan Equity Advocacy Partners

Community Voices Heard

Partnership for Strong Communities

Housing and Community Development Network

Make the Road Connecticut

Make the Road New York

New York Communities for Change

Right to the City Alliance

Regional Plan Association

 

NYS

NYC

Community Service Society

Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation

Transportation Alternatives

NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign

Waterfront Alliance

Rochdale Village Board

James Lima Planning + Development

Collective for Community, Culture and Environment

Pratt Institute, Graduate Center for Planning and the Environment

Computer Science for All NYC Students (CSNYC)

New Yorkers for Parks

New York City Department of Transportation

Naturally Occurring  Cultural Districts  NY

Student Planning Action Network (SPAN) NYC

Arts & Democracy

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

Environmental Defense Fund

The Municipal Art Society of New York

StreetsPAC

Neighborhoods First Fund for Community Based Planning

Riders Alliance

The Trust for Public Land

Make The Road NY

LaGuardia Community College Justice Community & Justice PLUS Programs

New York Lawyers for the Public Interest

Fifth Avenue Committee, Inc.

LISC New York City

Complete George

Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning

Imani's Quest Ministries

Lily Auchincloss Foundation

Bronx Health REACH

Citizens Committee for New York City

Straphangers Campaign

BJH Advisors

Crauderueff & Associates

Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development

TransitCenter

Greater Jamaica Development Corporation

Tri-State Transportation Campaign

Hester Street Collaborative

WE ACT for Environmental Justice

Moving Forward Unidos

Stormwater Infrastructure Matters (SWIM) Coalition

 

LI

S.T.R.O.N.G. YOUTH, INC.

Every Child Matters NY

Urban League of Long Island

Rauch Foundation

Long Island Builders Institute

 

HV

Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson

Westchester Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for Nonviolence

WESPAC Foundation

 

Statewide

Community Voices Heard

New York Communities for Change

Make the Road New York

New York Housing Conference

 

CT

Partnership for Strong Communities

Make the Road Connecticut

Charter Oak Communities

Open Communities Alliance

Connecticut Fair Housing Center

Bridgeport Generation Now

Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust

Stamford Partnership

Connecticut Main Street Center, Inc.

NeighborWorks New Horizons

Connecticut Association for Human Services

Connecticut Data Collaborative 

NJ

Housing and Community Development Network

Make the Road New Jersey

Advance Housing, Inc.

Affordable Housing Alliance

Better Community Housing of Trenton, Inc

Camden County Habitat for Humanity

Camden Lutheran Housing, Inc

Catholic Charities, Diocese of Metuchen

Community Access Unlimited, Inc.

Community Affairs and Resource Center

Cooper's Ferry Development Association aka Cooper's Ferry Partnership

Cumberland County Habitat for Humanity

Diocese Of Camden

East Brunswick Community Housing Corporation

Elizabeth Development Company

Essex Community Land Trust

Exhale Women's Fellowship

Faith Fellowship CDC

Family Promise of Monmouth County

Family Promise of Union County

Gateway Community Action Partnership

Gloucester County Habitat for Humanity

Gloucester Township Housing Authority

Greater Bergen Community Action, Inc.

HABcore

Habitat For Humanity Cape May County

Habitat for Humanity in Monmouth County

Habitat for Humanity of Bergen County

Habitat for Humanity of Burlington County and Greater Trenton-Princeton

Habitat for Humanity of Greater Plainfield & Middlesex County

Habitat for Humanity of Salem County

HANDS, Inc.

Holly City Development Corporation

HOMEFIRST INTERFAITH HOUSING & FAMILY SERVICES, INC.

HOMEFRONT

Homeless Solutions

Homes Now, Inc.

Homes of Montclair Ecumenical Corporation (HOMECORP)

Housing Partnership NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center

Ironbound Community Corporation

Isles, Inc.

Jersey City Housing Authority

Jewish Community Housing Corporation Of Metropolitan New Jersey

JEWISH FAMILY SERVICE OF ATLANTIC & CAPE MAY COUNTIES

Jewish Renaissance Community Development Corporation

Jewish Renaissance Foundation

La Casa De Don Pedro

Lincoln Park Coast Cultural District

Madison Affordable Housing Corporation

Mission First Housing Group

MOORESTOWN ECUMENICAL NEIGHBORHOOD DEVELOPMENT INC. (MEND)

Morris Canal CDC

Morris Habitat For Humanity, Inc.

Neighborhood Housing Services of Staten Island

New Brunswick Tomorrow

New Community Corporation

New Jersey Community Capital

New Jersey Community Development Corporation (NJCDC)

NEWBRIDGE SERVICES, INC.

Northern Ocean Habitat for Humanity

Northwest New Jersey Community Action Program, Inc. (NORWESCAP)

Ocean Community Economic Action Now (O.C.E.A.N., Inc.)

Parkside Business And Community Partnership (PBCIP)

Passaic Affordable Housing Coalition

Paterson Habitat For Humanity

Paterson Housing Authority

Paterson Task Force

Premier Community Development Corporation

Princeton Community Housing

Project Freedom, Inc.

Project Live, Inc.

Raritan Valley Habitat for Humanity, Inc.

RED CARDINAL CDC EDG

Reformed Church of Highland Park Affordable Housing Corp.

Region Nine UAW Housing Corp

Saint Joseph's Carpenter Society

Saint Paul's Community Development Corporation

SERV Properties & Management, Inc.

Sierra House

St. Luke CDC

Stand Up For Salem Inc.

The Heart Of Camden, Inc.

The Waterfront Project, Inc.

Triple C Housing

Unified Vailsburg Services Organization

Urban League of Essex County

VOADV Property, Inc./VOA Delaware Valley Division

Women Rising, Inc.

 

Regional

Regional Plan Association

Common Cause/NY

Food & Water Watch

 

National

ARC Associates 

Right to the City Alliance

Center for Popular Democracy

TransitCenter

The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking

National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP) 

 

To sign-on to the joint equity pledge, e-mail Pierina Sanchez at [email protected] and Vanessa Barrios at [email protected].