Our hearts are heavy as we grieve the violent and senseless deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and too many others. For 30 years, Community Housing Partnership has had a clear and binding mission to create safe, supported homes for people who have experienced homelessness. Our work spanning three decades has focused on the systemic issues of economic injustice, the rights of the homeless and marginalized, and the widespread impact of inequality on African Americans, all people of color and disregarded communities. The challenge now facing CHP and society at large is that we have not done enough, quickly enough, to dismantle the systemic racism that is responsible for such widespread injustice, and we are determined to do dramatically more.
Through all of this, our community has been engaged in many critical, uncomfortable and important discussions about race. From these conversations within Community Housing Partnership we are seeking a deeper understanding, greater empathy and perhaps most importantly, a clarity of what actions and agendas will be most powerful in creating an anti-racist organization. Our leadership hears what is being said and we know our work on Diversity, Equity and Inclusion must rapidly accelerate. Both amongst ourselves and out into the world. Our community’s trust in each other and desire to stay connected is what will help us find a path forward.
Engrained in the core of our mission-driven work at Community Housing Partnership is that Black Lives Matter. Systematic racism and economic injustice must be overcome. We are re-committing to take action now, and continue to make equity, diversity and inclusion a constant lens of our work.