We’ve formed an Equity and Housing Advisory Group with leaders from government, community, finance, philanthropy and real estate development sectors. This group will provide direction to the project team as priorities and recommendations are developed and vetted.
This advisory group will help us advance our commitment to race and social equity in all aspects of the project, from decision-making and community engagement to addressing racial disparities in displacement and fair housing.
This group will provide direction on community engagement strategies so the process is informed by the priorities of low-income households and communities of color. This includes how to disburse grants for community engagement.
Through a Community Grants Program, we are funding community-based organizations that work with low-income households and communities of color. A large grant is funding the Community Alliance of Tenants (CAT) to lead a SW Corridor Community Building Project. This will engage low-income tenants, build public awareness of the project and develop policy recommendations informed by community-based research.
Small grants to other community-based organizations will allow them to participate in the strategy development through the advisory group and directly engage their constituents in the project.
Some members of the advisory group are also participating in a SW Corridor Coalition funded through a Meyer Memorial Trust grant to OPAL Environmental Justice Oregon. The coalition is led by low-income residents and focused on equitable housing and community investments without displacement as the region plans for a new light rail line.
Turtle Island Development
* Recipient of a community grant