Cities and States

Cities and states have long served as “laboratories of democracy” for some of the nation’s most critical efforts in strengthening civic engagement, reducing inequality, and advancing long-lasting social change.

At Ford, we see a huge opportunity in working at the state and municipal level to address geographic disparities across the nation. We believe that cities and states play an important role in piloting innovative policies and practices that advance equitable development, expand democracy and reduce racial disparities in a way that reinforces and fuels national change.

Grants Officer, Cities and States
New York, USA
Program Officer, Cities and States
New York, USA
Senior Program Officer, Cities and States
New York, USA
Director, Cities and States
New York, USA
Program Associate, Cities and States
New York, USA
Program Officer, Cities and States
New York, USA
Grants Manager, Cities and States
New York, USA

Anticipated Outcomes

Stronger, more resilient and interconnected statewide membership-based organizations, networks and coalitions that are able to engage and mobilize low income communities and communities of color as a force for progressive change year round
The adoption and implementation of progressive statewide, regional and national policies that reduce racial, gender and economic disparities
An increase in national philanthropic support for state-based integrated civic engagement strategies that center the needs of low income and communities of color and bridge historic geographic and racial divides

Anticipated Outcomes

A robust movement

A stronger affordable housing movement emerges, anchored by effective advocates and networks, fueled by constituencies—especially those feeling the burden of high housing costs—and bolstered by connections between grassroots groups, decision-makers, and other stakeholders at the local, state, and national levels.

New narratives

This quiet crisis becomes a loud one, amplified by new narratives that emphasize housing affordability as a fundamental good, as well as the housing sector’s role in providing stable homes that let people succeed.

Essential tools

Effective tools to advance affordable housing and prevent displacement—for tenant protection, land policy reform, real estate value capture, and more—are deployed and used broadly.

An innovative, effective agenda

A bold, revamped agenda for policy reform redistributes the division of responsibility among federal, state, and local governments and private institutions, commensurate with the scale and stakes of the rental housing crisis.

Land and capital

There are new ways to efficiently generate public and private capital and allocate land resources, for preservation and new production of permanently affordable homes in inclusive communities.

Donors to transform the field

A bigger, broader, and better-aligned landscape of donors goes beyond plugging gaps and playing defense, and truly transforms the field.

Anticipated Outcomes

Equitable housing and land use

The availability of quality, affordable housing makes it possible for people to stay in their communities and contribute to Detroit’s recovery and development.

Powerful, coordinated civil society

Local organizations and community leaders have influence in setting policies and priorities in Detroit and statewide. Inclusive civic spaces offer opportunities for shared learning, collaboration, and creative engagement—and a new narrative about Detroit takes shape.

Opportunities to advance equity

Strong alliances between government, business, and funders—and direct engagement with grassroots organizations and community residents—help support an inclusive recovery, in areas including equitable housing and opportunities for youth.