ENSURE HOUSING JUSTICE AND BLACK COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT
Housing is the most basic element of rootedness, and too many Black households are precarious in their homes. Stabilized housing is the basis for community-building and revitalization for Black neighborhoods from the North to the Numbers. More affordable housing, and more stable housing, are obvious priorities. Furthermore, we need a strong anti-displacement component in programs and projects, including a right to return for those involuntarily relocated through public policy and its consequences in the market.
Black community development will require policy changes to protect renters, enforcement of Fair Housing law, and for public agencies to require racial justice outcomes from public dollars. A Black-centered model of community development is built on foundations of community history and values. It prioritizes and aligns work done by many Black-serving organizations and demands that the public sector changes its values and practices to meet those principles. The consequences of maintaining status quo policies towards the neighborhoods where Black and other communities of color live are apparent. Black Oregonians have voiced a vision for neighborhoods in which the community can thrive. That vision for community development can be made real with a clear focus on racial justice and empowerment in place.