Insufficient Data: Do Central Valley Not-For-Profit Hospitals Meet Their Community Benefit Obligations?

Greenlining’s analysis finds that major Central Valley hospital systems fail to report essential data that is needed in order to understand whether they truly earn the extensive tax breaks they get as not-for-profit institutions. These large hospitals spent only 0.32 percent of their operating budgets on “upstream” programs to improve the health of vulnerable populations in the communities they serve.

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Locked Out of the Market: Poor Access to Home Loans for Californians of Color

Greenlining and the Urban Strategies Council analyzed 2013 federal home mortgage data for California, with an in-depth focus on the cities of Fresno, Long Beach and Oakland. The analysis revealed a shockingly low level of lending to African American and Hispanic/Latino borrowers, both statewide and in the three cities, with Oakland having by far the lowest rates of mortgage applications and loan originations.

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Climate Investments Case Studies Report

Something amazing is happening in California:  we’re charging polluters for the damage they cause and using that money to clean the air, save families money and bring investments and jobs to communities that need them.

To evaluate initial success of this program in assisting underserved communities, The Greenlining Institute examined 10 projects: nine already funded and one that is eligible for funding. These case studies provide an early snapshot of the Fund’s impact and suggest ways the program might be improved.

Cities in case studies:

  1. San Joaquin Valley
  2. Salinas Valley, Central Valley, Imperial County
  3. Fresno
  4. Sacramento
  5. Montclair (San Bernardino County)
  6. Los Angeles
  7. Oakland
  8. National City (San Diego County)

These projects alone will provide:

  • over 2,000 solar power systems for low-income families generating nearly six megawatts of clean power
  • plant 2,250 trees in disadvantaged communities
  • provide 252 homes permanently-affordable to lower income households
  • create over 400 jobs
  • replace 600 old, highly polluting cars and trucks with clean electric or plug-in hybrid vehicles.

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Offices of Minority and Women Inclusion: 2014 Snapshot of Financial Regulators’ Diversity and Inclusion

The Offices of Minority and Women Inclusion can leverage diversity to reform the financial sector. Greenlining’s fact sheet analyzes how congressional support and improved metrics will drive this outcome.

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2015 Supplier Diversity Report Card: Total Spending Remains High, But Progress Has Stalled

Greenlining’s 2015 Supplier Diversity Report Card finds that contracting with minority-owned businesses by California energy and telecommunications companies dropped in 2014 and contracting with Latino-owned businesses plunged to its lowest level in the past five years. While the overall level of contracting with diverse businesses remains high, the drop in 2014 represents a surprising interruption in years of steady progress.

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Voices from the Front Lines: Barriers to Health Care for Undocumented Californians

Over two million Californians have gained health coverage due to the Affordable Care Act, but the ACA specifically excludes more than one million undocumented Californians. To help ensure that this population gets treated as human beings and not just a statistical abstraction, The Greenlining Institute held in-depth discussions with undocumented Californians from a variety of ethnic backgrounds and compiled their thoughts and experience.

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Community Voices: Improving Access to Voting for California’s Limited-English Proficiency Communities

One in nine eligible California voters speaks only limited English, and many of these voters don’t know what help and services are available to them. In discussions with ethnically mixed groups of bilingual poll workers, poll monitors, phone bankers and voter mobilization volunteers, Greenlining found significant gaps in outreach to these voters, along with potential ways to improve the system.

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Electric Carsharing in Underserved Communities: Considerations for Program Success

Thanks to legislation enacted in 2014, SB 1275 (de León), the California Air Resources Board (CARB) has taken the first steps to create carsharing programs for electric cars in low and moderate income communities. To help make this process as effective as possible, The Greenlining Institute put together an analysis that guides policymakers through such complicated issues as insurance, credit and payment options, parking, infrastructure and outreach, all of which will be critical to the success of these efforts.

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