Creating Healthier and More Equitable Communities

Since 1991, communities have been required by state law to develop localized plans to address housing, transportation, and economic development and protect natural resource lands.  Our long-term goal is to is to ensure that these plans include policies to increase affordable housing for moderate and low income residents, and to require and promote a wide range of community amenities (such as parks, walkable green streets, increased tree canopy, schools, access to healthy food, community gathering places, etc.) both so that people will desire to live in our urbanized areas and so that existing residents have improved quality of life.  

A key component of this work is ensuring that equity communities will gain increased land use and service improvements to make up for the disproportionate burdens they currently face.  Our equity communities have taken a greater share of burdens and a lesser share of benefits because they’ve largely not been engaged in local government planning, policy and financial investment decisions.  This is due to limitations in: 1)  access to decision makers, 2)  ability to easily show the regional and local equity predicament, 3)  resources or capacity to engage, build coalitions, and influence policies, and 4)  access to analysis, planning and policy resources and development of strategies.  We work to reduce all of these barriers.

Seattle Climate Atlas / Resilient Voices Project

The Seattle Climate Atlas & Resilient Voices project will bring the inequitable impacts of climate change on Seattle communities to the forefront through a set of maps, infographics, and youth video stories.

Support for Sound Transit 3 - Transit for All

Futurewise supports the expansion of light rail in the Puget Sound Region as a means to increasing urban density near transit, widening the availability of affordable housing, and reducing greenhouse gas emissions.

Seattle Health & Equity Assessment

While Seattle as a whole may be thriving, certain populations and certain neighborhoods do not enjoy the prosperity and opportunity of others.

Yesler Community Collaborative

Futurewise is supporting the Yesler Community Collaborative in their efforts to slow displacement and gentrification, support locally owned businesses and encourage urban green space in the neighborhoods surrounding Yesler Terrace.

Communities of Opportunity

Futurewise is working with Communities of Opportunity, an initiative founded by King County and the Seattle Foundation to improve health and well-being in ethnically and geographically diverse communities throughout King County.

Seattle Comprehensive Plan

The Seattle 2035 Comprehensive Plan update is the vision for Seattle’s future and will guide land use decisions, programs, and investments that will shape our city over the next 20 years. Futurewise is working with the City and with our partners to ensure that our city grows in a way that is equitable, affordable, and environmentally sustainable.

Support for Affordable Housing

Futurewise supports affordable housing policies and practices at the local and state level. Ensuring that affordable, equitable housing options are available in our urban areas is a key component of growth management in Washington.

Spokane Regional Food Policy Council

Futurewise staff person Kitty Klitzke is the President of the Spokane Regional Food Policy Council. The mission of the Council is to advance policies and initiatives that foster a resilient food system in the Spokane area; one that is healthy and equitable for its citizens, economy and environment.

Regional Equity Atlas

The Regional Equity Atlas uses maps, policy analysis, and community-based research to promote widespread opportunity for stronger, healthier, and more sustainable communities.

Algona Wetland Preserve

A community wetland planning and education project in partnership with Natural Systems Design and the City of Algona.