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The Fair Housing Center of SW Michigan is our region’s nonprofit that seeks to combat discrimination in housing. The FHC increases public awareness about fair housing rights and gives people tools to better advocate for their fair housing rights.
The Kalamazoo County Continuum of Care’s vision is for a county where everyone has equitable access to safe, affordable, dignified housing. They work to find solutions to the gaps, inequities, and challenges to reduce homelessness.
The American Hospital Association is a national organization that represents and serves all types of hospitals, health care networks, and their patients and communities. The AHA report “Housing and Health: A Roadmap for the Future” makes the case for hospitals to intervene in housing as an issue strongly related to health.
Urban Institute is a nonprofit research organization that provides data and evidence to help advance upward mobility and equity. The data that the Urban Institute shines a light on drives the conversation around inequity in many aspects, including housing.
Strong Towns is a nonprofit media advocacy organization dedicated to educating people about urban development that is financially strong and resilient. Much of their focus is on increasing housing supply and creating healthier, people-centered communities.
Segregation by Design is a project that highlights how the U.S. government created white flight by constructing freeways in minority neighborhoods, displacing residents of color and providing escape routes for whites into suburban sprawl. Using historic aerial photography, this ongoing project aims to document the destruction of communities of color.
The Color of Law is a book by Richard Rothstein that highlights the phenomenon of racially discriminatory practices like redlining and racial covenants, along with the lasting effects they have had on communities to this day. It is a reminder of the power that policy has in changing social conditions.