KIDS COUNT in Delaware joins the Casey Foundation on calling on
national, state and local stakeholders to act now to help families lift
themselves out of these circumstances. Policies at the community, county
and state level that can have a significant impact on the lives of
children in struggling families include:
development and property-ownership models that preserve affordable
housing, such as community land trusts and limited-equity cooperatives.
- Ending housing discrimination based on whether a person was formerly incarcerated or is using a federal housing voucher.
low-income residents in paying higher property taxes that often come
with new development/redevelopment or with a family’s relocation to a
more affluent area.
- Expanding workforce training that is targeted to high-poverty, low-opportunity communities.
- Requiring and incentivizing anchor institutions to hire locally and contract with businesses owned by women and people of color.
and funding small-business loan programs that serve entrepreneurs in
low-income neighborhoods and communities of color – or people that
traditional lenders tend to reject, such as individuals with poor credit
or criminal records.
“Solutions to uplift these communities are not far out of reach, and
they would have significant positive effects both for children and youth
and for our country as a while,” said Scot Spencer, associate director
of advocacy and influence at the Casey Foundation. “Strong neighborhoods
foster stable families and healthy children.”