Having a safe, affordable place to live has a direct impact on our health and day-to-day wellbeing. The COVID-19 pandemic did not create today’s housing issues, but it worsened existing disparities and disproportionately caused housing instability among communities of color.
The harsh truth about life in America and in New Jersey is that people’s ability to live a long and healthy life depends to a significant degree on the color of their skin, how much money they have, and where they live. The long history of structural racism, discriminatory housing and lending practices, high housing costs, income inequality, and disproportionate risks of evictions for people of color leave many families without housing stability and living in areas where they face factors which threaten their health.
Join RWJF Director of New Jersey Grantmaking Maisha Simmons, along with a cross-section of leaders on housing as they discuss the issues that keep many New Jerseyans from living their healthiest possible life and the solutions needed to ensure everyone has an equitable opportunity to live in safe, affordable homes and neighborhoods.
• Staci Berger, President and CEO, Housing and Community Development Network of New Jersey
• Rev. Eric Dobson, Deputy Director, Fair Share Housing Center
• Maria Lopez-Nuñez, Deputy Director, Organizing and Advocacy, Ironbound Community Corporation