The Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE) is working with local partners and community members in the Atlanta metropolitan area to address inequities and displacement caused by increasing development and climate-related pressures. PSE’s Equitable Development Implementation Tool brings together community needs with development projects to anticipate and protect against displacement, strengthen and respect communities, and heal environmental injustices.
The Southface Institute (SFI), located in Atlanta, Georgia, promotes sustainable homes, workplaces, and communities through education, research, advocacy, and technical assistance. SFI is using community engagement, communication, and outreach to implement green infrastructure projects, aid in workforce development, and ameliorate displacement pressures in Atlanta’s southwest region.
Climate change is playing a bigger role in determining where and how we live, and is limiting access to and availability of affordable healthy housing, healthy food choices, transportation choices, and social networks, which is forcing displacement of individuals and communities. Displacement—whether temporary or permanent, forced or voluntary—is an issue rooted in inequity and exacerbated by climate change.
The Bay Area Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII) is a coalition of local public health departments in the San Francisco Bay Area. Their programmatic work spans housing affordability, displacement risks, immigration, racial equity, climate resilience, and health equity policy. BARHII is involved in multiple efforts in the Bay Area that aim to specifically tackle the issue of climate-related or exacerbated displacement in the region through public awareness campaigns, community engagement efforts, and climate policy and investment analyses.
Enterprise Community Partners (ECP) is a national nonprofit dedicated to creating opportunities and connections through affordable housing. In collaboration with more than 50 partners in Southern California, ECP tackles issues related to housing affordability and homelessness through policy, advocacy, programs, and capital that promote more equitable communities. ECP’s history is grounded in anti-displacement initiatives that utilize funding, design, and community engagement to provide quality affordable housing for all who need it.
Cities face increasing risks due to climate change, and many cities are actively working towards increasing their climate resilience. Climate change-induced risks and interventions to reduce these risks do not only impact urban risk management systems and infrastructures, but also people’s daily lives. In order to build public support for climate adaptation and resilience-building and stimulate collaboration between authorities and citizens, it is necessary that adaptation and resilience-building are locally meaningful.