This Month’s Newsletter:
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Featured Story: Project Place’s Commitment to the Work of Anti-Racism
The Project Place community and the world has been deeply shaken by the deaths of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor and Ahmaud Arbery. We honor their names and memories and reflect on the countless lives that have been lost and the harm that has been inflicted by the legacy of racism.
These recent tragedies have shown our country how critical and urgent the work of anti-racism is and remind us there is a lot of work to be done.
Project Place serves individuals who are homeless, low-income, and those who are re-entering our communities from incarceration. We recognize that people of color are over-represented in these populations as a result of entrenched structural inequalities and racism (1). Black Americans make up 13 % of the population in the U.S. Yet, 21% of people living in poverty in the U.S. are black. 40% of people experiencing homelessness — and 50% of homeless families with children — are black (2). We cannot address the root causes of homelessness and poverty for so many Americans, without addressing structural racism.
As an organization, we are committed to being advocates and allies for the marginalized populations we serve, addressing the barriers they face, providing resources and education, and creating opportunities for transformation. For 53 years, we have made a promise to provide a supportive community for those in need, where everyone feels safe and empowered.
1. Homeless Research Institute: National Alliance to End Homelessness – Demographic Data Project: Race, Ethnicity and Homelessness
2. The PEW Charitable Trusts – “’A Pileup of Inequalities’: Why People of Color Are Hit Hardest by Homelessness”