STATEMENT: CAP’s Carmel Martin on the White House Establishing the Community Solutions Council
Washington, D.C. — Center for American Progress Executive Vice President for Policy Carmel Martin made the following statement on the White House issuing an executive order to establish the Community Solutions Council:
No child’s life should be determined by the ZIP code in which she is born. By creating the Community Solutions Council today, President Barack Obama fortifies his administration’s commitment to sustained, meaningful local partnerships to address the rising, interconnected place-based challenges facing regions all across the country.
The Community Solutions Council will sustain eight years of success around reforms that preserve the primacy of place, break down silos, and demonstrate how best to leverage and integrate federal investments for transformative impact within communities of concentrated poverty. Through evidence-based strategies such as the White House Promise Zones Initiative, these communities can receive priority access to investments that create jobs; increase economic security and expand opportunity; make quality, affordable housing more available; and improve public safety.
This is what good governance looks like. By partnering with local leaders and business, the Community Solutions Council can make sure resources go to the communities who need them most.
- Creating Safe and Healthy Living Environments for Low-Income Families by Tracey Ross, Chelsea Parsons, and Rebecca Vallas
- Lessons from Flint: The Case for Investing in the Building Blocks of Communities of Color by Tracey Ross and Danyelle Solomon
- A Progressive Agenda to Cut Poverty and Expand Opportunityby Melissa Boteach, Rebecca Vallas, and Eliza Schultz
- A Framework for State-Level Promise Zones by Tracey Ross and Melissa Boteach
- A Renewed Promise by Tracey Ross and Erik Stegman
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