Tenant Talk | Volume 12, Issue 1

This newest edition primarily focuses on the intersection of racial and housing justice.

The past year has revealed what housing advocates have long known—housing justice is intrinsically linked with racial justice. The COVID-19 pandemic exacerbated an already existing housing crisis, and Black, Native American, and Latino people have been disproportionately impacted, just as they have also been inordinately harmed by the virus itself. Due to historical and continuing racism and discriminatory policies, Black and Native Americans are far more likely to experience homelessness than whites, and Latino and Black people – and especially Black mothers - have faced evictions more than other demographics during the pandemic.

Readers will learn how NLIHC is advancing racial equity and housing justice in our work, how the process of gentrification interacts with over-policing, how the racial makeup of suburbs and cities is changing, and how advocates successfully thwarted Trump administration policies harmful to communities of color.

As always, Tenant Talk includes spotlights on victories achieved by tenant leaders and other advocates. A person who was formerly incarcerated and is currently experiencing homelessness shares his insightful perspectives on how residents can engage on addressing housing insecurity. Readers will also learn about a key policy victory in Los Angeles to divert police resources to other programs, including affordable housing.

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