Policy Analysis and Advocacy at PICCED
Rooted in on-the-ground project experience, PICCED's policy analysis
and advocacy serves both to support and extend the impact of tried and
tested community development methods. A leading objective of PICCED's work
in this area is to bring the issue of persistent poverty back into the
domestic policy debate.
PICCED believes that the challenges faced by low- and moderate-income
neighborhoods cannot be substantially addressed unless they become part
of a national strategy. Therefore, PICCED works to strengthen the capacity
of local communities to advocate for policies that will empower them to
effectively participate in the community development process.
Through targeted policy initiatives, PICCED has been instrumental in
fostering plans for the disposition of city-owned property, inclusionary
zoning standards, linked .luxury and low-income development compacts, the
replication of the mutual housing association model, and the establishment
of the New York State Housing Trust Fund. These initiatives have resulted
in the generation of over $300 million in new housing funding for New York
City and have helped to stimulate similar efforts across the country.
PICCED sponsors conferences and seminars in an effort to generate a
national and international dialogue among community development practitioners.
It has become an information clearinghouse for groups concerned with housing
and community economic development issues.
In all of these policy endeavors PICCED seeks to broaden public awareness,
to encourage comprehensive and integrative planning and, fundamentally,
to strengthen the role of community-based nonprofits as key players
in the community development process.