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Opinion: Ward 6 Councilmember Risks Prolonging Homelessness and Displacement

HillRag, December 6, 2021, Opinion: Ward 6 Councilmember Risks Prolonging Homelessness And Displacement

Ward 6 Councilmember Charles Allen new tax measure will provide new revenue for permanent housing opportunities to potentially end homelessness in DC, but first, it requires eviction from homeless camps.

DC’s Ward 6 has the “most intense displacement” in the “most intensely gentrifying” city in the United States, according to the Institute on Metropolitan Opportunity and the National Community Reinvestment Coalition. A sombering majority of the displaced individuals are Black and low-income. The expansion of encampment evictions without councilmember comment during the past few months of Allen’s Ward 6 leadership threatens to accelerate these trends.

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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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