COMMUNITY TO COMMUNITY: POLICY EQUITY FOR ALL

FOCUS AREAS

CRIMINAL JUSTICE

In 2020, gun violence killed nearly 20,000. Gun deaths have increased by 30% since the start of the pandemic. Working with city leaders, C2C researchers helped design new summer job opportunities for low-income youth and are evaluating the program’s long-term impacts on violent crime based on the premise that “Nothing stops a bullet like a job.”¬†

OPIOID CRISIS

More than 90,000 Americans died of a drug overdose during 2020 with most of those deaths attributable to opioids. In partnership with several community health centers, C2C researchers developed an opioid buyback program and are testing its effectiveness at reducing the amount of opioids flowing into low-income communities.

HOUSING

In January 2020, there were 580,466 people experiencing homelessness in America. Roughly 30% are families with children. During the pandemic, C2C researchers advised state agencies on developing Emergency Rental Assistance programs and will assess the program’s impact on helping low-income households with overdue rent and utility bills.

WORKFORCE DEVELOPMENT

The U.S. faces a historically tight labor market with two job openings for every one unemployed person – the tightest ratio ever recorded-with even greater demand in STEM industries. As part of a three-state coalition, C2C researchers helped develop a training and career pathway for marginalized workers in the biopharma manufacturing and clean tech industries and will study the effectiveness of such programs to reduce unemployment for low-income populations.