The attempt was made to hold a community meeting in October very close to the 2018 elections, which limited community members’ ability to participate. But even with a small group, we were able to cover a lot of ground related to the Blueprint. The framework we used was:

  1. What are the strengths or inspiration they found in the Blueprint related to their community?
  2. What are some concerns related to the Blueprint?
  3. What is missing from their community and/or the Blueprint Springboard?

One attendee was invested in several aspects of the Blueprint Springboard, including Healthcare, Immigration, Housing, and Economic Development. She shared her personal story surrounding the changes in Medicaid, and her concern related to health disparities and prevention efforts. Related to immigration, it was suggested that we focus on “demanding accountability from ICE” instead of resisting. Our group continued with a discussion about how this agency has a great deal of discretion but very little oversight, and how their actions significantly affect local communities.

Moving through the other categories, the group addressed several other things, ranging from regulations related to manufactured home parks, to placemaking, to the 2020 Census.

Ending the meeting, we all agreed that next time more voices needed to be at the table and the discussion should move to an asset-based lens, there needed to be more visionary thinking included, and “how can we incentivize asset policy?”

INSPIRATION

Immigration

  • Change “resist” to “demand accountability” – the main problem with ICE is lack of accountability and human rights abuses
  • Look into separation ordinances

Healthcare

  • Eliminate disparities in access
  • Provide funding for prevention

Housing

  • Need a diverse range of options
  • Increased worker/subsidized housing

Poverty

  • Increased income tax credit benefits
  • Protect SNAP

Arts

  • Increased funding needs to show how it will be used- there needs to be more context
  • Incentivize businesses to create placemaking efforts

Natural Resources

  • Economic development that prioritizes resource restoration, not extraction
  • Creating an incentive for businesses and industry that encourages sustainability
  • Protection of water is directly tied to agriculture

Democracy & Civic Engagement

  • Census- how they’re going to go about this? – State putting resources into organizing
    • We could lose a seat and the citizenship question will further decrease participation- large grassroots organizing needed to combat the question
  • Tribal rights

CONCERNS

  • Workforce development that attracts top talent
  • New forms of currency, innovative and creative, but not necessarily fitting to a statewide policy agenda

MISSING/EXPAND

Housing

What are we doing for people experiencing homelessness?”

IDEA: Change the risk rating for people of color related to housing

  • Address white flight
  • Redlining consequences are still seen and experienced today
  • Address mobile home disparities
    • Lowry Grove example- corporation buying land and laws are not clear that people living there have the power to buy the park/land.

IDEA: Strengthen state laws related to mobile home parks

  • Protections renting in a building versus a mobile home – you own a mobile home but not the land itself. Therefore you don’t have the same protections and can have your land bought out from underneath you.
  • Some older mobile homes are unable to be moved.

Infrastructure

  • Roads in mobile home parks- owners are responsible for private property- are gated communities treated the same way?

Education

  • Have many children at the school who are experiencing homelessness and have to move around so much. For example, living in cars.

IDEA: North Dakota- getting some of your college paid if you stay in the state- go to college in the state and agree to stay in state for work 5 years afterward.

Healthcare

“People are dying as we speak.”

  • Addressing the drug issue, specifically the opioid crisis
  • Help and services are needed

IDEA: Look into medical restrictions and doctors that are giving out opioids.

Income Mobility

  • Only protecting benefits, not looking at systemic causes

Resources- Restoration- Environment

When we lose the environment, lower income people will be the first affected

  • Understand the value of “more than rapid economic relief” and “what I can get from it”
  • We have to change the way we see and value the environment
  • We’re taking the environment for granted
  • Need to do this “before it’s too late.”

Transportation

IDEA: Look into multi-use systems- carrying people with goods and packages- it contaminates less and is more efficient

 

Some policies are too immediate- need more visionary policies. What is the longer vision?

Bring in asset-based vision into the blueprint- how can we incentivize asset policy?

There should be a cross section and a connection within the blueprint.