Advancing Racial Equity through Cost of Home

Our housing policy work must address systemic racism. That is why the Cost of Home Policy Platform calls for advocates and policymakers to acknowledge and address the well-documented historic patterns of racial discrimination in housing and land use policies — at all levels of government — that still impact the makeup and opportunities of our communities. The killing of George Floyd and protests in response have elevated the ongoing impacts of systemic racism, which have been a reality for black communities for centuries.  The following information includes advocacy actions taken by Habitat for Humanity International on behalf of its affiliates across the country.

Cost of Home Policy Platform

Racial Disparities and Housing Policy

Resources to Learn About Racial Inequity in Housing

Outcome Document for Local Voices Informing Federal Action:
A symposium on home affordability (February 13, 2020)

 

Statement of guiding principles to advance racial equity and justice

ATLANTA (Sept. 3, 2020) — Habitat for Humanity International co-signed the statement below as part of a coalition of other national nonprofit organizations.

As leaders who are committed to equity and justice, as mission-focused organizations who are stewards of the public trust, and as a nonprofit sector with far-reaching impact on the national economy, the undersigned are committed to advancing racial justice and equity in all areas of civic and community life. We are deeply moved by the stark racial injustice that the intersecting crises of the COVID-19 pandemic and police violence toward people of color have once again revealed — racial injustice that is intertwined with America’s past and its present. The racial and ethnic disparities that persist across economic, education, healthcare, criminal justice and other sectors of society make clear that systemic racism continues to undermine the foundations of well-being for communities of color by denying access to opportunity and making it more difficult to secure jobs, housing, healthcare, education, nutrition and equal treatment under law.

Faced with this moment of national urgency and entrusted by communities to lead in crisis, we affirm and commit to utilizing the following principles and values as a guide in our individual and collective efforts to advance equity and justice:

We commit to dismantling systemic racism, redressing past discrimination, and advancing equity within our organizations, in our communities and in our nation — through our organizational policies and practices, in our programmatic work and by advocating for changes in public policy and law. Racial and ethnic disparities are a direct result of systemic racism today as well as past, unremedied discrimination that was often imposed or sanctioned by the government. Addressing these disparities requires our active engagement to change law, policy and practice.

We are committed to achieving a more comprehensive approach to justice and safety that invests needed resources in schools, child care, mental and behavioral health, affordable housing, job training, and other supportive programs and services that contribute to healthy, strong, safe and vibrant communities. Societal goals of racial justice and public safety are best achieved when communities have the resources to match crisis situations with an appropriate response, whether that be mental and behavioral health, social service, police or other interventions.

As we work to strengthen communities, we must listen to and lift up the voices and experiences of impacted people and communities, particularly the voices of young people in those communities who will lead future generations. Intentionally engaging impacted communities strengthens policies, strategies and decision-making. When we center and address the needs of the most marginalized, we recognize their humanity and advance equity and opportunity for all.

As we evaluate our programmatic work as well as policy proposals and legislation, we will specifically examine the extent to which they decrease racial disparities and oppression, particularly in systems and settings known to disproportionately and negatively impact people of color and other marginalized groups; advance solutions that have been developed in collaboration with and have the support of impacted communities; incorporate an intersectional and multi-sector approach to community challenges; and include the investments needed to fully implement and achieve racial equity outcomes.

Supporting organizations:

Alliance for Strong Families and Communities

American Alliance of Museums

American Cancer Society

American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network

American Heart Association

Americans for the Arts

Association of Art Museum Directors

Big Brothers Big Sisters of America

Boys & Girls Clubs of America

Catholic Charities USA

Council for Advancement and Support of Education

Covenant House International

Dance/USA

Feeding America

Girls Inc.

Goodwill Industries International, Inc.

Habitat for Humanity International

Independent Sector

Leadership 18

League of American Orchestras

Lutheran Services in America

Mental Health America

National Council on Aging

National Council of Nonprofits

National Human Services Assembly

Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies

OPERA America

United Philanthropy Forum

United Way Worldwide

The Salvation Army

The Arc of the United States

Volunteers of America

Welcoming America

YWCA USA

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