Climate-Informed Anti-Displacement Initiatives in Atlanta: The Partnership for Southern Equity

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.

Climate-Informed Anti-Displacement Initiatives in Atlanta: The Southface Institute

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 and Displacement in U.S. Communities

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.

Climate-Informed Anti-Displacement Initiatives in the San Francisco Bay Area: The Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative

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.

Climate-Informed Anti-Displacement Initiatives in Los Angeles: Enterprise Community Partners

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.

Southface Institute promotes sustainable homes, workplaces and communities through education, research, advocacy and technical assistance. Over the years, the organization has been a leader throughout the southeast United States in sustainability. Southface strives for a more sustainable future by educating the population and the market on resilient, resource conscious lifestyles, researching cutting-edge technologies, advocating for clean forms of energy and working directly on projects to improve building efficiency and reduce the overall carbon footprint of the built environment.

The Partnership for Southern Equity (PSE) advances policies and institutional actions that promote racial equity and shared prosperity for all in the growth of metropolitan Atlanta and the American South. PSE has four areas of focus: equitable development, healthy equity, energy equity, and economic inclusion.

The Bay Area Regional Health Inequities Initiative (BARHII) is a coalition of the San Francisco Bay Area’s eleven public health departments committed to advancing health equity. The regional collaboration includes public health directors, health officers, senior managers and staff from Alameda, Contra Costa, Marin, Napa, San Francisco, San Mateo, Santa Clara, Santa Cruz, Solano and Sonoma counties, and the City of Berkeley.

Enterprise Community Partners is an organization in the United States that delivers the capital, develops the programs, and advocates for the policies needed to create and preserve well-designed homes that people can afford in inclusive and connected communities. 

Enterprise's vision is that one day, every person will have an affordable home in a vibrant community, filled with promise and the opportunity for a good life. Their mission is to create opportunity for low- and moderate- income people through affordable housing in diverse, thriving communities. 

Local narratives of change as an entry point for building urban climate resilience

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.