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In April 2015, Sacramento received the federal Promise Zone designation awarded by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD), which created a 10-year partnership between federal, state, and local agencies to address the needs of distressed communities. In support of these efforts, the Center for Regional Change partnered with the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency (SHRA) and Converge Consulting, Research & Training to develop an evaluation guide for the work being conducted within the Promise Zone.
California’s San Joaquin Valley: A Region and Its Children Under Stress is a new report commissioned by the San Joaquin Valley Health Fund, with funding from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation and Sierra Health Foundation, and prepared by the UC Davis Center for Regional Change. To enrich the report, CRC collaborated with the Pan Valley Institute and UC Cooperative Extension to engage with residents and advocates working with and on behalf of Valley communities to learn about their experiences and priorities for policy and systems change.
These maps were created to support a project of the Center for Regional Change and the California Coalition for Rural Housing regarding shelter poverty in Merced County, California.
The University of California's Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources is the bridge between local issues and the power of UC Research. ANR's advisors, specialists and faculty bring practical, science-based answers to Californians.
As the lifelong learning arm of UC Davis, UC Davis Extension provides learning opportunities that transform the lives of people, organizations and communities. Since 1960 UC Davis Extension has been offering continuing education courses to the greater Sacramento region and beyond.
To complement other campus efforts, the Office of the Provost established a new speaker series entitled The Provost’s Forums on the Public University and the Social Good. This series is aimed at furthering awareness and dialogue on this important topic within and beyond the university community, and also at exploring the potential to make UC Davis a center for the study of the role of the public university in contemporary society.
Environmental Justice and Regional Change in the Central Valley is an interdisciplinary study of the social equity impacts of regionalism in environmental governance.
Monitoring Community Action to Promote Equity: The San Joaquin County Alliance of Boys and Men of Color worked with the UC Davis Center for Regional Change to report analyses of child and youth well-being in Stockton, CA. This report will support the local response to the White House My Brother’s Keeper initiative. In particular, these analyses provide context for local planning and a baseline for monitoring community progress on the initiative’s six milestones. The report includes maps from Putting Youth on the Map (PYOM) and the Regional Opportunity Index (ROI), as well as data available via PYOM links. This report was represented at the White House by Mr. Samuel Nunez, an Alliance leader and the Executive Director of Fathers and Families of San Joaquin. Stockton youth and adult leaders then came together to launch the report and associated action locally. To learn more about the work of the Alliance and the report see Fathers and Families of San Joaquin at www.ffsj.org or contact Mr. Jagada Chambers at email@example.com.
The growing demand for affordable homes, coupled with the increasing local opposition known as NIMBYism (“Not in My Back Yard”), signals a need to put a face to affordable housing. As a strategy to educate the public about the individuals that benefit from living in these communities, as well as the importance of affordable homes as a vital component of a healthy region, Professor Michael Rios, a faculty affiliate with the CRC, and Brandon Louie, a graduate student in Community Development, have completed the report, “Changing the Narrative of Affordable Housing.” They were part of a team comprised of faculty, students, and CRC staff that partnered with the California chapter of the AARP and the Sacramento Housing Alliance to explore the opposition to and need for affordable housing, with a specific emphasis on the Sacramento region. Utilizing data from primary and secondary sources—including interviews with local housing advocates and affordable home residents, community workshops, academic journal articles, and materials from other housing campaigns—the study found a number of commonalities between the local struggle for affordable housing and similar efforts across the country. The report describes the project’s approach, process and findings, highlighting what we know nationally and locally about this important issue. It also presents recommendations that identify potential messages, framing, data, resources, and organizational strategies to include in a campaign focused on changing the narrative of affordable housing in the Sacramento region.