Level Playing Field

The Bay Area has long been a place of innovation, creativity and progressive thinking. Yet, we are also scarred by a history of racial discrimination that has marginalized low-income communities of color and impacted life outcomes for many.

Meeting People Where They Are

This history of racial discrimination continues to play out across the Bay Area as we confront an affordable housing crisis, stark income inequality and ongoing environmental justice issues. Communities impacted by racial and economic inequities are chronically exposed to toxic air, and now the looming threat of increased flooding and sea level rise. 

BARC is doing our part to help level the playing field for the Bay Area communities most impacted by inequities. We focus on areas where we can have the most impact  through our programs, working to put the needs and ideas of low income people and communities of color first in our project design, partnership development and investments in local capacity building. 

BARC and its member agencies are focused on improving both our internal and external processes to help advance racial equity and social justice, recognizing that change often has to start from within.

Area of Focus

BARC is an active participant in the Government Alliance for Race and Equity (GARE). Staff from all levels of Bay Area government participate in GARE’s yearlong program. We learn how to best integrate considerations of racial equity into every decision, policy, program and budget. 

GARE’s focus is on developing strategies that create greater racial equity, while always being mindful of adverse impacts and unintended consequences. 

How We Work Together

BARC evaluates each agency’s methodology for identifying communities impacted by inequities.

These agencies include:

  • MTC/ABAG’s Communities of Concern
  • BAAQMD’s Care Communities
  • BCDC’s Adapting to Rising Tides (ART)

    Identifying Vulnerable Communities

    The data doesn't lie.  Toxic air, vulnerability to flooding and other hazards are more likely to happen in low-income communities and communities of color. 

    By bringing these communities to the forefront, BARC’s member agencies are focused on how we can coordinate better to support better outcomes in communities at the frontlines of risk.