The San Francisco Foundation, together with PolicyLink and PERE, the Program for Environmental and Regional Equity at the University of Southern California, recently published this report outlining an equity profile of the Bay Area.
Regions are equitable when all residents – regardless of their race/ethnicity and nativity, gender, or neighborhood of residence – are fully able to participate in the region’s economic vitality, contribute to the region’s readiness for the future, and connect to the region’s assets and resources.
Across the country, regional planning organizations, local governments, community organizations and residents, funders, and policymakers are striving to put plans, policies, and programs in place that build healthier, more vibrant, more sustainable, and more equitable regions. Knowing how a region stands in terms of equity is a critical first step in planning for greater equity.
This Five-County San Francisco Bay Area Equity Profile adds to the growing body of research that finds that greater economic and racial inclusion fosters stronger economic growth and a more equitable region.