When Housing Opportunities Made Equal’s volunteers and supporters are asked why they support HOME and fight for equal housing access, most tell you simply -
"Because it's right."
In fact, HOME finds that most everyone believes in equal access and in fighting discrimination. When it comes to American values, there is nothing more fundamental to the nation than human equality.
"We hold these truths to be self evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain inalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness."
HOME takes a balanced approach to working for housing equality by working directly with individuals, housing providers, legislators and the housing industry.
HOME works for equal housing opportunities for all people regardless of race, national origin, or other factors. This is work that needs your awareness and support in Virginia:
Did you know that government-funded, independent audits show that today more than 53 percent of Virginia's minority citizens face discrimination when looking for a place to rent?
Homeownership rates for minorities are dramatically lower than for whites with equivalent economic situations. The average black family earning more than $60,000 per year lives in a neighborhood with a higher poverty rate and lower educational attainment than the average white family earning less than $30,000.
What causes these disparities in equal access? Why is it, that even when the fundamental economics in a personal situation are the same, when only race is different, that housing disparities can be so significant?
The explosion of credit, exponential increases in abusive lending practices and the spiraling cost of housing all challenge the ability of vast numbers of Virginians to find and keep decent housing for their families. The housing systems in our commonwealth are not yet equal.
Moreover, this inequality affects each of us directly, no matter where we live. A lack of decent housing increases crime rates, erodes tax bases, creates significant educational system burdens and, on a human level, strains many families past the breaking point.
It will take our united efforts to correct these factors that create an unequal housing market.
HOME fights for equal housing access in Virginia. We hope you will too.
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