The mission of Anchors in Resilient Communities is to address the social, economic, and environmental determinants of health by leveraging the assets and capacities of Bay Area anchor institutions and community-based partners. This work will focus on expanding community wealth and ownership, improving health outcomes, and strengthening the capacity of communities of color and low- and moderate-income residents to be resilient in the face of climate and economic disruption.
When our policy decisions, investments, and development align with our values, a healthy, just, and inclusive society is possible. Anchors in Resilient Communities envisions communities with:
Wealth is equitably distributed in communities, and jobs provide living wages, excellent benefits, and advancement opportunities. People of color and low-income communities are full beneficiaries of community investment and economic expansion.
Everyone in the community has the resources, tools, and opportunities to support their physical, emotional, and social well-being. ARC strives to make collective well-being the community’s bottom line.
Communities can withstand or rebound from climate disruption because they have access to regional, community-owned networks for critical needs. Communities also have economic independence, strong social capital, and effective physical infrastructure.
The strong, vibrant communities ARC works with have many long-standing programs that create jobs, provide new business opportunities, expand collective ownership, ensure access to food, and grow the green economy. Still, generations of disinvestment and harmful policy decisions have drained communities of basic resources and disconnected them from the chance to live up to their potential. While people of color and low- and moderate-income families are disproportionately affected by this injustice, their barriers to opportunity holds all of us back from uplifting our values and advancing our region’s economic potential. As part of the solution, ARC communities are looking to anchor institutions to become active partners in increasing wealth, health, and climate resiliency.
In 2013, Anchors in Resilient Communities was formed as a collaboration between nonprofits Emerald Cities Collaborative and Health Care Without Harm. Each organization brings its unique strategies and partners to address economic, health, and environmental inequities, offering a suite of tailored services for meaningful engagement between anchors and community members.
Together, we are creating pathways for hospitals, schools, and other public institutions to aggregate their purchasing and investment power in order to transform supply chains while meeting their local, responsible purchasing goals.