Food Security

Conversations on Food Justice: Facing the Housing Crisis: Keeping Americans Safe Healthy and Connected

September 20, 2021  • Food and Society Program

Despite rising employment rates and the promise of economic recovery ahead, millions of Americans are still facing extraordinary financial hardship brought on by the pandemic. Americans collectively owe more than $57 billion in rent, and more than 11.5 million Americans are facing homelessness. The disproportionate impact of economic hardship on communities of color is nothing new, reflecting long standing racial inequities that create pockets of poverty across the United States.

In this session, we’ll dive deeper into our nation’s intersecting housing, hunger, and poverty crises. From housing affordability and income inequality to redlining and disinvestment in communities that leads to segregation, we’ll explore the systems and structures that contribute to housing inequality, all of which come with significant financial, educational, health, and opportunity costs for people of color. We’ll also put forth policies and practices that can move the needle on equitable housing and the redistribution of wealth and resources.