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Equitable Development Rubric

As our community has continued to struggle against unjust development practices, our education work has increasingly focused on turning community knowledge into tools for organizing and better policy. Our Equitable Development Rubric, and its accompanying framework, offer a foundation for a creative and desperately-needed inclusionary housing policy in Cincinnati. With it, we are educating and strengthening a grassroots push for change at City Hall.

Announcement: We have new trainings available for community councils and residents! The sessions are free and available to all. Use the links below to register.

January 26, 6:00 – 7:30 pm: Using the Rubric 101

This session will provide an overview of the Rubric’s grassroots potential to shape development policy, and a look at the step-by-step process by which councils can use it. It will also provide the opportunity for meaningful, small group discussion with participants across various councils. We recommend this session for any residents who are newly learning about the Rubric and/or exploring first action steps for their council.

February 2, 6:00 – 7:30 pm: Diving Into Project Details

This session will look closely at our Developer Questionnaire and the details it offers to community councils when required of developers. We will also look firsthand at the Inclusionary Housing Calculator, a national, public tool that demonstrates how subsidies and requirements impact the financial feasibility of development projects. This session will also provide some bigger-picture points on policy and time for small-group discussion. We recommend this session for those who are already familiar with the Rubric and eager to fact-check what may or may not be possible with specific development projects that come to your neighborhood.

The Rubric and Guidebook and Toolkit will provide all the information you need to start using the Rubric within your neighborhood’s community council. The file contains links to download the forms and tools you’ll use in the process. Contact Jenn Arens with any questions.

We have a limited number of hard copies of the guidebook. If you’d like to request copies for a group or meeting, please fill out this form.

The following videos capture some of what we covered in past trainings. Video 1 offers an introduction and initial steps to get going. Video 2 covers some deeper, next steps for councils.

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