CORE Policy Agenda
CORE’s policy and advocacy agenda centers around three areas: transportation equity, Senate Bill 375 implementation, and food access. Information on these three focus areas, as well as the policy agenda, is contained in this document: CORE Policy Agenda. The Policy Agenda, developed in 2010, continues to guide the work of CORE through the Transportation Equity and Sustainable Communities Work Groups, as well as the Sacramento Hunger Coalition.
CORE was begun in 2007 by the Sacramento Housing Alliance after a three year campaign to create and preserve the most progressive Inclusionary Housing Campaign in the nation. A coalition of community groups with very different perspectives successfully secured the enactment and protection of a plan for affordable housing and economic integration. The groups included affordable housing developers, environmentalists, transportation, homeless and anti-poverty advocates, social service providers, organized labor, the faith community, civil rights leaders and health groups. CORE hopes to build on the diverse interests that brought all us together. The California Endowment has provided a planning grant to assist CORE in creating a sustainable, equitable, and healthy region.
Since its inception, CORE has developed an advocacy agenda, as well as a set of important issues for the coalition to address. Members provide input into the agenda and targeted projects for CORE during CORE Convenings and other events. CORE staff work with members and partner organizations on a variety of regional projects.
About the Coaltion on Regional Equity
Current growth patterns in the Sacramento Region, characterized by segregation and suburban sprawl, are unsustainable, inequitable and unhealthy. The design and growth of this metropolitan area has increased racial segregation, exacerbated health problems, consumed rural areas and created a housing crisis.
Different groups with broad interests are starting to recognize a shared interest in the development and design of metropolitan areas. A movement around regional equity is developing in different areas around the region. Sometimes called land use planning, urban design or the built environment different organizations address metropolitan design with similar interests. The location of housing, services, hospitals and grocery stores impacts communities and our health. The design of communities is not an organic process but is heavily shaped by public policy, the interaction of regional forces and entrenched special interests.
The Coalition on Regional Equity works to build a coalition of disparate forces to create a regional campaign to impact metropolitan design with a focus on equity. Regional land use planning must consider how it impacts low income residents and communities of color.