Last update February 1, 2021
Over the past four years, we have witnessed numerous policy attempts to dismantle humane, effective, and equitable solutions to ending homelessness and housing instability. There were concerted efforts within federal leadership and agencies to rollback critical protections for historically marginalized communities, undo regulations grounded in evidence-based solutions, and set up conditions for new policies that actively fought against racial equity and justice. The onset of the COVID-19 pandemic created new conditions in which people experiencing homelessness, particularly those who are Black, Indigenous, and people of color, were disregarded or intentionally left out of response and recovery conversations.
With the new Biden-Harris administration there is hope, but philanthropy cannot step back and allow systems to return to the status quo – because the status quo was unjust and inequitable. Instead, funders must focus on ensuring that people with lived expertise help to build racially just housing infrastructure and that there are strong accountability measures to maintain it. We believe philanthropy has an obligation to support and resource efforts that will disrupt the status quo that centers whiteness and upholds white supremacy.
As philanthropy looks to engage with a Biden-Harris administration, there are priorities to center and actions to take to ensure the first year builds a strong foundation for creating and implementing bold policies rooted in housing justice. All these recommendations for engaging with the new administration begin with and prioritize racial and housing justice.
**First 100 Day Priority
**Support an Equitable COVID-19 Response and Recovery
**Fund Advocacy and Organizing Efforts to Build and Advance Bold Policy
**Engage in Relational Public-Private Partnerships Rooted in Justice
**Model How to Advance Racial Equity and Invest in Disenfranchised Communities
Facilitate Transparency in Engaging Community Voices on the Ground
Build Relationships to Support Both Political and Career Staff
Support Narrative and Messaging Efforts for Public Affairs Staff
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