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In this interview, Visiting Scholar Lola Loustaunau discusses her research with food processing workers in Oregon and Washington, how worker health and safety relates to full employment, ways to address barriers workers face, and COVID-19’s impact on workers in essential industries.

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Community Development Research Briefs

Posted January 31, 2023

This report describes residential moves by King County residents within the three-county Seattle metropolitan region in the Puget Sound from 2002 through 2017. Data from large individual-level data sets were analyzed for trends over 15 years to see how people in King County, Washington moved within the region, and compare trends by SES level and neighborhood/geography.

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Analysis of the performance, financing needs and options, and borrowing experiences of small businesses in five western states.

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Access to affordable child care is crucial to parents’ ability to participate in the workforce. However, in many places—especially lower-income communities and communities of color—affordable child care isn’t available to meet this need.

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“Bouncing Forward” from Disasters on Hawaiʻi’s Big Island: Lessons for Equitable Recovery and Future Resilience

This report examines proactive disaster recovery planning and implementation on the island of Hawaiʻi and what community development professionals can learn from the regional equity approach planners and nonprofits used.

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