We believe that a safe, quality and affordable place to live is a fundamental human right. To ensure that all people can live healthy lives, we must guarantee access to a safe, healthy and affordable home, free from the threat of displacement.
We also believe that Housing is for people, not profiteers. As a recent United Nations Report concluded: “Rather than treating housing as a commodity...[we must] reclaim housing as a social good, and thus ensure the human right to a place to live in security and dignity.” Achieving this will require taking on Wall Street landlords, slumlords, and other special interests exploiting those who can least afford it.
It is therefore necessary that all neighborhoods should be healthy places to live and provide a full range of opportunities for everyone. Historically and currently, our zip codes predict our health and exposure to violence as well as our access to good schools, reliable transportation, and quality job opportunities. Low-income families in America, especially people of color, have disproportionately been forced to live in the places with the least opportunity. We can and must ensure that all communities have an equitable share of resources and are places where people and communities can thrive. All people should have choices about to where they want to live and seek opportunity.
Finally, We know that we cannot realize housing as a human right unless we end the systematic discrimination and systems of oppression that exist in our society, in our movement and in ourselves. From the theft of indigenous land to historic red-lining to predatory lending, racism, sexism, homophobia and other forms of oppression have been at the root of housing & land policy in the US. We are committed to uniting and building with other movements across issues and sectors to advance an intersectional movement for justice and equality.
In order to achieve these goals, the Alliance for Housing Justice will focus on the following:
➢ To promote equitable opportunity, we need the power of people coming together through organizing in local places all across America. Organizing in communities, congregations, and unions is beginning to build the power to ensure that decisions are shaped by the people most directly affected, and based on the principle of housing as a fundamental human right, rather than a cash cow for super-rich developers or speculators.
➢ We must use this power to hold government accountable at the local, state and national levels. We will hold government accountable to fulfil its responsibility, and make sure members in the United States Congress to provide adequate resources to fully address the nation’s affordable housing crisis. This includes the federal government supporting permanent affordability and not financing the corporate takeover of our housing markets. But we also remember that many of the decisions that have driven the housing and displacement crisis over the past decades have been made at the local and state levels.
➢ Good and just public policy can only be developed with the direct participation of those impacted the most by that policy. We are committed to supporting housing justice campaigns that amplify the voices of those most directly affected, and leading participatory efforts to elevate those experiences to policymakers at every level of government.