MORPC Looking Closer at Impacts of COVID-19 through Foundation Grant
COVID-19 has impacted many aspects of society. And now – thanks to grant funding from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, The Columbus Foundation, and the City of Columbus – the Mid-Ohio Regional Planning Commission is taking a closer look at the effects of the pandemic.
MORPC, working with several partner organizations, is developing a series of policy briefs that will include analysis and insights on the medium- to long-term impacts of COVID-19 in such areas as housing, small businesses, employment, and more.
The briefs will look closely at where Central Ohio was before the pandemic and assess its long-term challenges. They can then be used to foster community conversations and help make decisions in the months and years to come.
The policy brief topics are:
- Economic and community development
- Employment and small businesses
- Housing markets
- Social sector (such as nonprofit and philanthropic organizations)
- Technology and broadband access
- Vulnerable populations and disproportionately impacted communities and neighborhoods
The briefs will include data and mapping to illustrate the three to five most pressing issues for each topic – especially as they relate to factors contributing to inequities that were exacerbated by the pandemic. In addition to policymakers, they will be beneficial to the media, nonprofit organizations, issue-based advocates, and community leaders.
The briefs are expected to be completed in the first quarter of 2021.