Yesterday I reminded the staff of the Connecticut Fair Housing Center that we fight on.
Too many people depend on us and our ability to fight for them. The outcome of an election or the spread of a deadly virus does not alter the fact that discrimination continues and people are on the brink of losing their homes. We must fight on.
Since the declaration of the COVID-19 public health crisis, our call volume has tripled. Despite homeschooling children, fear of infection, and problems with working remotely, Center staff have risen to meet this demand, because we fight on.
Repeatedly, State and Federal pandemic relief strategies and funding have ignored the needs of our clients and have reinforced systemic housing policies that maintain racial inequities. In response we asked the Governor for anti-racist pandemic relief policy. We developed and implemented a new program at the Center to prevent evictions. We hired two new staff members to increase our capacity. We continued to produce outreach materials for our clients that have been viewed almost 100,000 times, because we fight on.
We have learned from history that pandemic recovery for Black, Latinx, and People of Color will take at least a decade. And we will fight on.
We need your support to help us protect housing stability for people of color, to advocate for anti-racist policies, to preserve homeownership especially for people of color, to enforce the provisions of the Fair Housing Act, and to fight on.
Please make a donation to the Center to support us as we fight on.