What do climate change, racism, reproductive rights, and economics have to do with our right to housing?
Many other issues of our time impact our housing security and access. To name just a few:
- climate gentrification pushes low-wealth families and individuals off habitable land
- polluting power plants are more likely to be built in the majority Black and brown neighborhoods
- redlining kept an entire generation of Black people from owning homes and accessing the most valuable wealth-building tool of the time (check out this analysis of redlining continues to affect Miami residents)
- the #1 indicator of whether you will be evicted or not is having children, and and 25% of those denied an abortion will fall below the poverty line, especially if you're Black and Hispanic
You cannot address one issue without considering the other.
The American Bar Association states that our housing system “reflects income inequality and environmental injustice. From federal- to local-level laws impacting air and water, along with homeowners and the homeless, regulatory processes that influence where and how people live have an immediate and profound effect on shaping public health. It is essential to address how these regulations affect communities that have suffered from the distributional disparities of environmental and economic harm concurrent with the disproportionate protection of the law."