As a supporter of Habitat for Humanity of Monroe County, you have helped create physical homes for over 740 people. You have advanced the vision of a world where
has a decent place to live, regardless of race, religion, ethnicity, gender identity or nationality. In so doing, you have provided a safe place for people to be who they are, as they are.
Your support extends to the work Habitat is doing during the pandemic for families whose income has been impacted. In May, 24 percent of homeowners were unable to make their payments and Habitat continues to provide mortgage relief. We are also helping families identify local, state and federal resources, so that they can avoid healthcare and food crises.
Let’s continue to move the conversation forward, demand change and uplift people of color. Support local minority-owned businesses. Amplify the voices of those who have different experiences than you. Evaluate your hiring practices. Educate yourself and act. Remember that our freedom does not need to come at the cost of marginalizing people of color, let alone inciting violence against them. We can’t undo the past, but we must ensure a future filled with opportunity and equality for all people.
Racial inequity can be found in every aspect of our daily lives: employment, household wealth, education, health outcomes, food security, lending and housing. A recent
stated that “only 44 percent of black households own their homes compared with nearly 74 percent of whites.” The discrepancy in homeownership is deeply rooted in intentional segregation across the decades, as detailed by Richard Rothstein in
The Color of Law.
The COVID-19 pandemic has served to magnify racial disparities and threatens already vulnerable populations in our country. Locally, Habitat is seeing the impact of the COVID-19 crisis on our families. A disproportionate number of our homeowners who are out of work are people of color.
If you are interested in research and policies related to racial disparities in homeownership, I recommend reading the ongoing work of the
Let’s continue this critical work together, as we build homes and hope.