Housing Justice – Our Advocacy Agenda

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Housing Justice means individuals and families have ample access to safe, stable, and affordable housing that meets their needs. Housing justice results in ample opportunities for people of color to build wealth. And housing justice means the link between geography and opportunity—a legacy of our country’s commitment to residential segregation and discrimination—is severed. YWCA Columbus experience as a housing provider, and the experiences of BIPOC in the housing market, show we have a ways to go.

Consider this:

  • The demographic most at risk for and from evictions are those under the age of 18. Children make up the largest group of homeless or at-risk for homelessness. Because of this, every other area of their life is impacted. This risk increases for children of color, especially Black and Indigenous children, because their parent(s) are the most likely to face evictions. Ohio ranks 8th in the nation in the segregation of Black and white residential areas.
  • In Franklin County, 3 out of 4 families in homeless shelters are Black, compared to the overall Black population of 22%. At the YWCA Family Center shelter, almost 80% of heads of household identity as a person of color.
  • Black homeownership in the central Ohio region is 33.4%, whereas the national average is 53.6%.
  • In Ohio, nearly 400,000 households spend over half their income on rent.

For the housing market to be equitable and competitive, Black Americans will need support to overcome historic discrimination. Funding for more affordable housing, homeownership opportunities, and equitable community development, along with more rigorous and enhanced fair housing and fair credit protections, would all advance housing justice and alleviate the difficulties BIPOC renters and homeowners face in the housing market.


2020-2021 Advocacy Agenda

Social Justice/Eliminating Racism

• Policing reform/relations
• Public Health
• Civic Engagement
• Equitable broadband access


Housing Justice

• Reform local eviction policies and practices
• Emergency rental assistance
• Tax incentives for affordable housing development



• Secure funding for childcare and education
• Regulatory requirements


Economic Empowerment

• Pay equity
• Living wage