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File #: 2022-0275   
Type: Informational Report Status: Filed
File created: 4/21/2022 In control: Executive Management Committee
On agenda: 5/19/2022 Final action: 5/19/2022
Title: RECEIVE AND FILE status report on 2022 Equity Focus Communities Update.
Sponsors: Executive Management Committee
Indexes: Alignment, Board approved a Motion, Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19), Equity Focus Communities, Hilda Solis, Informational Report, Long Range Transportation Plan, Maps, Metro Equity Platform, Motion / Motion Response, Policy Advisory Council, Public health, Race, Race and ethnicity, Research, Surveys, U.s. Department Of Housing And Urban Development
Attachments: 1. Attachment A - Motion 18.1 Defining EFCs 2019, 2. Attachment B - 2022 EFC Update Map, 3. Attachment C - Original EFC and 2022 EFC Update, 4. Attachment D - 2022 EFC Update Methodology Research, 5. Attachment E - 2022 EFC Update Data Analysis Summary
Meeting_Body
EXECUTIVE MANAGEMENT COMMITTEE
MAY 19, 2022

Subject
SUBJECT: 2022 EQUITY FOCUS COMMUNITIES UPDATE

Action
ACTION: RECEIVE AND FILE

Heading
RECOMMENDATION

Title
RECEIVE AND FILE status report on 2022 Equity Focus Communities Update.

Issue
ISSUE

In the July 2021 Executive Committee Meeting, Chair Hilda L. Solis requested that Metro revisit the agency's Equity Focus Communities (EFC) definition and map to consider redlining and impacts from the COVID-19 pandemic as part of the EFC criteria.

Background
BACKGROUND

In February 2018, the Metro Board adopted the Equity Platform, a policy framework for addressing disparities in access to opportunity resulting from historical disinvestment in low-income communities and communities of color. The Equity Platform includes four key pillars to guide the agency's work. The first of these pillars, Define & Measure, is foundational for all equity work at Metro and led to the development of the EFC definition and map used to identify communities most in need of improved access to opportunity from a mobility standpoint.

Before the Office of Equity and Race (OER) was formed, Metro Long Range Planning (LRP) staff worked with the USC Program for Environmental and Regional Equity (PERE, now the USC Equity Research Institute), Cambridge Systematics, and the Metro Policy Advisory Council (PAC) to develop the EFC definition. A working definition was presented to the Metro Board as part of the 2020 Long Range Transportation Plan (LRTP) development in June 2019. This definition identified two demographic factors that have historically been determinants of disinvestment and disenfranchisement: household income and race/ethnicity. A third factor, households with low vehicle ownership, presented an opportunity to target new mobility investments in neighborhoods with a higher propensity to take full advantage of them.

In June 2019 the Metro Board approved Motion 18.1 adopting the EFCs, which included Directive ...

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