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Educating & Engaging Residents in Transit-Oriented Development

Transit-Oriented District University Curriculum

With support from the Southern California field office of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development, and in partnership with Move LA, Reconnecting America, and Strategic Actions for a Just Economy, Enterprise Community Partners presents a popular education curriculum for equitable development in transit-oriented districts with a focus on affordable housing.  This innovative curriculum is designed for use by nonprofit housing development agencies and community-based groups that are engaging residents in community revitalization and transit planning initiatives. The materials are developed for community members new to participating in planning efforts, translating complex terms and concepts into language everyone can understand.

The TOD University Users Guide is provided as a resource in preparing to teach the curriculum. 

TOD University curriculum offers eight modules:
  1. TOD 101
  2. Affordable Housing 101
  3. Housing 201: Preservation
  4. Housing 202: Building New Affordable Homes
  5. Consolidated Plan 101
  6. Jobs and Economic Development 101
  7. Planning Basics 101
  8. Complete Streets 101
While the curriculum has a TOD focus, many of the modules have much wider applicability in educating and engaging community residents. Each module contains interactive, hands-on activities and can be utilized individually or combined for longer workshop sessions. While these materials are focused on the City of Los Angeles, the curriculum can be customized for the specific needs of individual communities and neighborhoods. The curriculum includes PowerPoint presentations, talking points and instructions for interactive activities in each module. These materials are also offered in Spanish.   

TOD 101

An overview and basic introduction to transit-oriented districts and how transit can be leveraged to benefit a neighborhood

English Spanish

Affordable Housing 101

An overview and basic introduction to affordable housing and its intersection with transportation, including an exercise on setting affordable housing goals for your community

English Spanish

Housing 201: Preservation

Information on how affordable housing is potentially lost by new development near transit and strategies for preserving affordable housing

English Spanish

Housing 202: Building New Affordable Homes

Basic information on what it takes to finance and build affordable housing

English Spanish

Consolidated Plan 101

An overview of Los Angeles’s strategic and budgetary process for investing federal community development funds, how spending is focusing on transit areas and how community members can impact these decisions.

English Spanish

Jobs & Economic Development 101

An overview of how housing and transportation (H+T) costs impact a household budget and how transportation connects a region to major job centers and workforce development opportunities

English Spanish

Planning Basics 101

 An introduction to planning terminology and processes 

English Spanish

Complete Streets 101

An overview on how to make streets safe and accessible for everyone and the benefits of pedestrian and bicycle infrastructure

English Spanish