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Housing & Reproductive Justice

SisterSong, a national organization and reproductive justice collective, defines reproductive justice as the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe and sustainable communities. Housing insecurity threatens one’s ability to parent their children in a safe and healthy environment. Our panelists will describe the...

Housing Instability & Mental Health

Mental health is correlated with housing in several ways both as cause of housing precarity as well as an effect of poor housing. Studies have shown that mental illness is a predictor of living in a precarious housing situation, and one quarter of the homeless population in America suffer a mental illness. Yet also evictions, temporary housing situations, and poor housing conditions have been shown...

Guildford County COVID19 Vaccine Health Messaging

The rates of COVID morbidity and mortality are the highest among people of color. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, Non-Hispanic African Americans, Hispanics, and Indigenous people are almost four times more likely to be hospitalized and nearly three times more likely to die of COVID-19 than white people. Communities of color are faced with many barriers that contribute...

Zoning Reform Very Lite.

Accessory Dwelling Units Won’t Dent the Affordable Housing Crisis. ADUs are buzzy, they’re attractive, they’re problem solvers, they represent a zoning reform that might be achievable and might actually add some affordable housing units, and all without really having to challenge the prevailing order. But how much good it will really do in the end, is the subject of this post. A 2008 HUD publication...

Skin in the Game.

Biden Proposes a New First-Time Homebuyer Tax Credit. It’s almost a fundamental American faith that people should own houses and that policymakers should encourage them to do so. Whether that is wise policy is a question to which we will return often in this housing policy series. Commentators have suggested that homebuying incentives jack up the price of houses, that home ownership is not actually...

Assessment of Civil Legal Needs in North Carolina

The North Carolina Equal Justice Alliance is a community of civil legal aid providers serving low-income and underrepresented constituencies. Many Alliance members also promote policy initiatives to improve the lives of those who face systemic barriers or are impacted by poverty.  The mission of the Equal Justice Alliance is to provide central coordination of a sustained, comprehensive, integrated,...