Author: NLC Staff

Embedding Racial Equity in Housing

Racial inequities have been embedded in housing long before COVID-19. Redlining, racialized zoning, segregation, predatory lending, urban renewal and exclusions in the New Deal and the G.I. Bill are examples of public policies that have produced the racial disparities that permeate housing policy today. The result of these discriminatory housing practices among Black people and

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National City Responds As a Community to COVID-19

As the country faces a spike in infections, many cities are rethinking their reopening strategies to ensure their residents remain safe while moving towards normalcy. In National City, CA, the second oldest city in San Diego County, Mayor Alejandra Sotelo-Solis is urging her residents to stay the course. As the California governor revisits openings of

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City, County and Corporate Support for COVID Testing and Contact Tracing

Cities and counties are at various stages of reopening after shutdowns to mitigate the coronavirus spread. Alarmingly, two-thirds of states are experiencing a surge in COVID-19. Several factors must be in place for jurisdictions to open for business safely and for people to confidently patronize the services and activities they typically enjoy. The Bipartisan Policy

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Reopening in Cities Across the Country: What Does the Data Show

Cities have been leading COVID response efforts across the country, and recently they have started to grapple with the new challenge of reopening amidst an ongoing pandemic. Elected officials and city staff have tirelessly crafted plans that attempt to balance public health, economic recovery, as well as align with plans of states and neighboring jurisdictions.

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Protecting the Vulnerable in Denver During COVID-19

COVID-19 has reached every community – small, large, rural, urban, and metropolitan. In the bustling western state of Denver, Mayor Michael Hancock has been concerned with the unsheltered and those experiencing homelessness during the pandemic. Keeping them safe has been a top priority. In the wake of more than 30,000 infections, Mayor Hancock adopted a

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Reopening Youth Summer Learning Programs

The unprecedented public health emergency caused by the novel Coronavirus has created tremendous challenges for cities across the country. In March, over 124,000 U.S. public and private K-12 schools closed their buildings impacting at least 55.1 million children and youth who were sent home to transition to virtual/distance learning. While every school district across the

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COVID Exacerbates Loss of Hope, Solution in Leading Causes of Life

Seeding Hope and Belonging As a public leader, it can be daunting to consider how to adequately address the factors driving increases in deaths of despair. With so much at stake for individuals and their communities, it is essential to seed hope and to foster belonging.  Gary Gunderson, Vice President for Faith and Health at

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From COVID-19 to Protest: Local Leaders Commit to Dismantling Racist Policies

With over 2.3 million cases and 120,000 deaths, the coronavirus pandemic continues to impact every state and community across this country. These are unprecedented times. A group of local leaders through the National League of Cities Race, Equity and Leadership (REAL) Council raised their voices among their peers that it is important to Prioritize Equity

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How Augusta Georgia Mayor Fed 25K During COVID

Augusta Georgia is a typical Southern city. Its people are friendly, proud and excited to tell you about their city. When COVID-19 hit the community, Augusta faced the challenge of ensuring members of its community could continue to have at least three meals a day. To solve this challenge, the mayor turned to partners. Hear

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Cities are Making Unavoidable Cuts in Response to COVID-19 Fiscal Pressures

New survey data from over 1,100 municipalities across the country shows that the national economic recovery is at even greater risk of stalling if Congress fails to provide direct federal aid to America’s cities, towns and villages. The survey, which focuses on local spending cuts and service adjustments, found that 65% of cities are being

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