Dear SHA Family,
Its hard to believe it is already February. The New Year is moving pretty quickly. Although 2020 is in our review window, its impact will influence almost everything we do in 2021 and beyond. SHA is hitting the ground running with some core principles for this year:
Overarching principles to guide our policy work:
- All of our work must affirmatively further fair housing and impact historic racial inequities.
- All of our work must continue to have a COVID-19 lens to ensure the ongoing impacts on affordable housing and homelessness are addressed, (see our COVID-19 Affordable Housing Principles).
Due to Covid-19, we lost some of the momentum of our affordable housing policy work. However, we are more focused than ever. SHA along with our partners are picking up where we left off and prepared to move our agenda forward. SHA is solidly aligned with partners at the state and local levels to do what it takes to advocate and do education and outreach for more affordable housing.
This February is my one-year anniversary at SHA and in 2021, I am celebrating 25-years in the nonprofit profession. As I reflect on these milestone anniversaries, I am humbled and honored to be able to work and partner with activists, “houser's,” concerned community members and so many dedicated individuals to the nonprofit sector.
February is also Black History Month. It is a month to honor, celebrate and learn about the contribution of Black Americans to this nation, each state and local community. “When Carter G. Woodson established Negro History week in 1926, he realized the importance of providing a theme to focus the attention of the public. The intention has never been to dictate or limit the exploration of the Black experience, but to bring to the public’s attention important developments that merit emphasis.” This month, we honor the legacy of William Byron Rumford, key author and effective legislator of the Rumford Act, one of the single most important pieces of legislation offering a sweeping end to housing discrimination in the state of California. We all continue the work and legacy of Mr. Rumford.
Sacramento Housing Alliance