Racial Justice Institute Network Webinar: Preventing Evictions for Communities of Color during the COVID-19 Pandemic

Join NLIHC Vice President for Public Policy Sarah Saadian and Rasheedah Phillips, a senior advocate resources and training attorney at the Shriver Center, for a discussion on “Preventing Evictions for Communities of Color During the COVID-19 Pandemic” on September 30 at 2 pm ET. Presenters will discuss the disproportionate impact of eviction on communities of color and brainstorm strategies to mitigate this ongoing crisis.

The COVID-19 pandemic and subsequent economic fallout have heightened the threat of eviction for Black and brown renters, but these risks are not new. The housing crisis and its disproportionate harm to low-income people of color have deepened over the last several decades. At the same time, Black homeownership declined, and the country’s yawning racial gap widened. The ongoing public health and economic crises are further exacerbating existing structural inequalities, including housing instability. Black and Native American communities are bearing the brunt of COVID-19 infections and fatalities, and Latino and Black people are bearing the brunt of historic job losses. Now, Black and brown renters are at immediate risk of losing their homes.

This reality heightens the urgency for action to prevent this wave of evictions that will disproportionately impact Black and brown renters. It also makes clear our obligation to center racial equity in our response to the housing needs created by the COVID-19 pandemic. A partnership of seven leading national organizations and experts, including NLIHC, have launched the Framework for an Equitable COVID-19 Homelessness Response to provide guidance on how communities can effectively focus current and future funding and navigate their response to COVID-19 with a racial justice and equity approach.

Housing justice and racial justice are deeply intertwined. NLIHC remains committed to dismantling racist systems, policies and programs, and to repairing the harm they have done.

Join Sarah Saadian and Rasheedah Phillips on September 30 to learn more about the disproportionate impact of eviction on communities of color and the actions advocates can take to prevent the impending eviction crisis.

Register for the webinar at: https://bit.ly/3kNmUsb