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:
- Affirmatively further fair housing by both strengthening disadvantaged communities and opening up exclusionary places.
- Make decisions more inclusively, from facilities siting, to local land use control, to who gets to participate in local elections.
- Reduce inequality by expanding access to economic opportunity and eliminating the racial/ethnic/gender/disability wealth and income gaps.
- Create new relationships between communities, industry and nature to provide dignified, productive and ecologically sustainable livelihoods.
- Invest in transportation to link all to more opportunities and lower costs for those with the lowest ability to pay.
Fourth Regional Plan Equity Advocacy Partners
Community Service Society
Cypress Hills Local Development Corporation
NYPIRG Straphangers Campaign
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
Neighborhoods First Fund for Community Based Planning
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
Jamaica Center for Arts and Learning
Imani's Quest Ministries
Lily Auchincloss Foundation
Bronx Health REACH
Citizens Committee for New York City
Crauderueff & Associates
Association for Neighborhood and Housing Development
Greater Jamaica Development Corporation
Tri-State Transportation Campaign
Hester Street Collaborative
WE ACT for Environmental Justice
Moving Forward Unidos
Stormwater Infrastructure Matters (SWIM) Coalition
S.T.R.O.N.G. YOUTH, INC.
Every Child Matters NY
Urban League of Long Island
Long Island Builders Institute
Nobody Leaves Mid-Hudson
Westchester Martin Luther King, Jr. Institute for Nonviolence
Community Voices Heard
New York Communities for Change
Make the Road New York
New York Housing Conference
Partnership for Strong Communities
Make the Road Connecticut
Charter Oak Communities
Open Communities Alliance
Connecticut Fair Housing Center
Bridgeport Generation Now
Bridgeport Neighborhood Trust
Connecticut Main Street Center, Inc.
NeighborWorks New Horizons
Connecticut Association for Human Services
Connecticut Data Collaborative
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.
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
Holly City Development Corporation
HOMEFIRST INTERFAITH HOUSING & FAMILY SERVICES, INC.
Homes Now, Inc.
Homes of Montclair Ecumenical Corporation (HOMECORP)
Housing Partnership NeighborWorks HomeOwnership Center
Ironbound Community Corporation
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.
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 Plan Association
Food & Water Watch
Right to the City Alliance
Center for Popular Democracy
The National Consortium for Creative Placemaking
National Institute for Latino Policy (NiLP)