In 2020, Habitat for Humanity International released a report detailing how housing policy has caused many of our nation’s racial disparities, including the racial wealth gap. In response, we sought to understand the impacts of Habitat’s housing programs in Orange County. Through this research, we now better understand the life-changing effects of affordable homeownership. Below is our official Racial Equity Report and video interview discussing these findings.
On March 4, 2022, Habitat for Humanity of Orange County hosted a Community Breakfast on Racial Equality in Housing. Members of the community heard about Habitat’s Racial Equity Report and engaged in a panel moderated by Deborah Holt Noel and speakers Kim Cameron, Jim Parrott, and Congressman David Price. Below is the program from this event and where the recording of the program will be posted.
We know this is not just a local problem, but a systemic issue present across the country. As we continue our work locally, we look toward leaders in the county and how we can all work and advocate together. Below are a few links to general resources on a national level and work Habitat for Humanity International is part of.
5 policy solutions to advance racial equity in housing - Habitat for Humanity International
How historic housing discrimination against Black Americans contributes to racial inequities today - Habitat for Humanity + You Interview Series
Segregated by Design - A short film
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