Reducing disparities and barriers to upward mobility is key to an inclusive recovery. Recent federal recovery funds present an exciting opportunity to implement innovative policies that will advance equity by sustainably addressing key disparities across multiple sectors. Research in cities across the U.S. demonstrates how policies like cash transfers, affordable housing trust funds, and apprenticeship programs can support an inclusive recovery while promoting stronger economies. Rochester, NY has already begun the process of allocating federal recovery dollars towards economic development, a Guaranteed Basic Income pilot, and community development and housing programs. Prioritizing proven best practices from the outset as the city begins planning implementation will be vital in crafting truly effective and equitable programs that will promote an inclusive recovery.
This fact sheet was corrected on May 3, 2022, to add Zach Boren as an author.