Day 19, May 9: Racism and Homelessness
We tend to think that homelessness and housing insecurity are caused by poverty -- that they are simply due to a person’s inability to pay rent. The reality is that homelessness is largely caused by our country’s history of racism.

  • Article: This article examines 12 common myths about homelessness.
  • Audio: Listen to this eight-minute story from New York Public Radio about why homelessness hits Black Americans hardest and the protective factors that make white people less likely to experience homelessness.

  • Spotlight: Joining Forces for Affordable Housing is a program of Evanston-based Connections for the Homeless. The Joining Forces program is a coalition of local organizations and individuals advocating for more affordable housing in Evanston and throughout north suburban Cook County. Learn more about Joining Forces for Affordable Housing here and check out their upcoming workshops here.

  • More: Ready to deepen your understanding and sharpen your skills? Our Equity Summit is May 13 and 14. You can learn more and register here. Even if you can't attend all of the virtual sessions, registration ensures that you'll have access to the complete Equity Summit online for three months!

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