Children’s Defense Fund Releases New Analysis: “Housing Is a Racial Justice Crisis”

The Children’s Defense Fund (CDF), a campaign partner of Opportunity Starts at Home multisector affordable homes campaign, released a new analysis entitled “Housing is a Racial Justice Crisis.” CDF calls for robust federal housing assistance. The analysis explains why Black households disproportionately experience housing instability and homelessness, how the current pandemic is magnifying these long-standing inequities, and why Congress must immediately enact the housing provisions contained within the HEROES Act, including: $100B for emergency rental assistance; $11.5B in homeless assistance; and a uniform national eviction moratorium. 

“If Congress fails to act, the harm will fall unequally on Black children and families, who are already disproportionately harmed by high housing costs, homelessness, and the devastating economic and health effects of the current pandemic,” writes Zach Tilly of CDF. “We should center our approach to housing on eliminating racial disparities, breaking down systemic racism in our housing policies, and ensuring more equitable and less segregated housing and neighborhoods so that all families have access to quality affordable housing.”


CDF is a child-advocacy organization that has worked relentlessly for more than 40 years to ensure a level playing field for all children. The group champions policies and programs that lift children out of poverty, protect them from abuse and neglect, and ensure their access to health care, quality education and a moral and spiritual foundation. CDF is a Steering Committee member of the Opportunity Starts at Home multisector affordable homes campaign. 

Click here to read the full analysis and here to access CDF’s recent fact sheet.

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