Hope for the Best, Plan for the Worst: Addressing the Aftermath of the COVID-19 Pandemic in America's Struggling Neighborhoods

June 8, 2020

Center for Community Progress

This short guide has been prepared to help local officials and community stakeholders start thinking about how to address the aftermath of the COVID-19 pandemic in economically stressed and physically disinvested areas.
  • The first section looks at the forces driving the post-pandemic aftermath – what are the likely impacts of what is currently going on, and how might they interact with each other, and impact communities?
  • The second section focuses on how local stakeholders can address these impacts – what steps they can take to plan for them and tackle them as they arise.
  • Recognizing that local resources are unlikely to be sufficient, the third section looks at the need for continued, targeted federal action.
  • The final section looks at a longer-term question, recognizing how many of the post-COVID-19 problems will simply magnify and exacerbate the long-standing crisis facing lower-income communities and communities of color in the United States – can we build a post-pandemic future for our neighborhoods that is better than the past, and that places equity at the center?

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