Overcoming Inequalities Uncovered During the Pandemic

What You'll Learn

  • Explore how the COVID response played out in some of our most vulnerable communities.
  • Understand the need to go beyond typical best practices to prioritize the needs of low-income communities.
  • Learn how to build neighborhood-driven culture into the recovery program and make sure people remain connected.

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Norfolk, Virginia's planning department was tasked with leading many aspects of COVID-19 pandemic recovery efforts across the city, managing millions of dollars in CARES Act funding. The Norfolk team discusses its experience and lessons learned in helping small businesses, shaping how streets connected people safely, and focusing efforts on neighborhoods most in need.

In the San Francisco Bay Area, cities reduced regulatory burdens, increased shared space for outdoor retail, and slowed streets. But low-income communities' needs were different, exacerbated by CARES Act funding not reaching a section of the needy community. Learn how a variety of programs addressed the urgent needs of underserved communities for affordable housing, childcare and education for essential services worker families, healthcare access, and transit service tailored to their travel needs.

The pandemic exposed many structural inequities present in our cities, and the response was uneven at best. The Norfolk and Bay Area stories show how an intentional focus on those hit hardest can have a lasting impact on repairing these inequities.