The Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County staff, board, and member agencies have been listening. We have been listening to the stories and experiences of our providers, our staff, and most importantly, we have been reflecting on the stories and experiences of the clients we work to serve.
Black people disproportionately experience homelessness in our community and across the country. We know that this is a direct result of the racist policies and practices that create disparities in housing, incarceration, employment, education, and health care.
Ending homelessness in suburban Cook County requires both dismantling systemic racism and maximizing available resources for disinvested communities to regain and sustain quality, stable housing. As a coordinator and convener of community-based endeavors for the last 15 years, the Alliance has focused our mission on the second part of that equation. The events of recent weeks remind us how important it is that the Alliance do everything within our power to right the wrongs of inequity that cause people of color to disproportionately experience homelessness.
We commit to being more intentional about anti-racism and anti-oppression work, making sure the umbrella of the Alliance mission and strategy effectively cover both causes and solutions for homelessness. We commit to prioritizing racial equity in all decision making. We commit to centering the voices of Black and Brown people and people with lived experience of homelessness. We commit to looking internally and actively taking steps towards anti-racism, inclusion, and equity.
As a collective of organizations and individuals, it is our job to lift racial equity and housing justice to a place of absolute priority, and we are committed to doing so.
The Alliance to End Homelessness in Suburban Cook County