What Can I do? (+ Resources)

  1. Attend our Affordable Housing 101 and Future of Affordable Housing events
  2. Donate to an organization working on the issue
  3. Continue Learning!
  4. Contact Government Officials
  5. Check your own leases and deeds for racial covenants (Some leases and housing agreements restrict non-white renters from living on the premises, this is called a racial covenant and are often hidden deep within the agreement; know what to look for and negotiate those clauses out before signing)
  6. Start dialogue with your friends and family. Creating an environment where everyone is welcome is an important part of creating a path forward for affordable housing. Myths about poverty and stereotypes about individuals who experience housing instability are a part of the problem that we need to address in conversation with one another.

¿Qué puedo hacer?

  1. Asista a nuestros eventos de Vivienda Asequible 101 y El futuro de la Vivienda Asequible
  2. Dona a una organización que trabaje en el tema
  3. ¡Continúe aprendiendo!
  4. Comuníquese con funcionarios gubernamentales
  5. Verifique sus propios contratos de arrendamiento y escrituras para ver si hay pactos raciales
  6. Inicie el diálogo con sus amigos y familiares. Crear un entorno en el que todos sean bienvenidos es una parte importante de la creación de un camino a seguir para la vivienda asequible. Los mitos sobre la pobreza y los estereotipos sobre las personas que experimentan inestabilidad en la vivienda son parte del problema que debemos abordar en una conversación entre nosotros.

A Few More Things We Learned:

  • The waiting list for Section 8 housing has been closed for years
  • La lista de espera para viviendas de la Sección 8 ha estado cerrada durante años
  • The low minimum wage in Pennsylvania ($7.25 an hour and $2.83 an hour for tipped workers) creates a significant barrier to housing affordability; MIT’s living wage calculator, reports that a living wage for an individual with no children in Lancaster is $13.26 an hour and the living wage for a single individual with two children is $33.87 an hour (for two parents/caregivers who are both employed, the living wage is $18.72 an hour)
  • El bajo salario mínimo en Pensilvania ($ 7.25 por hora y $ 2.83 por hora para los trabajadores que reciben propinas) crea una barrera significativa para la asequibilidad de la vivienda; La calculadora de salario digno del MIT informa que un salario digno para una persona sin hijos en Lancaster es $ 13.26 la hora y el salario digno para una sola persona con dos hijos es $ 33.87 la hora (para dos padres / cuidadores que están empleados, el el salario es de $ 18,72 la hora)
  • Housing costs are often set based on the assumption that families have access to two incomes, making affordable housing a critical issue for single parents/caregivers. The majority of housing burdened individuals in Lancaster are single mothers
  • Los costos de vivienda a menudo se establecen sobre la base de la suposición de que las familias tienen acceso a dos ingresos, lo que hace que la vivienda asequible sea un tema crítico para los padres solteros / cuidadores. La mayoría de las personas con problemas de vivienda en Lancaster son madres solteras.
  • A new ordinance from the Redevelopment Authority of the City of Lancaster allows for properties to be used as affordable housing as long as rents are kept within a reasonable range
  • Una nueva ordenanza de la Autoridad de Reurbanización de la Ciudad de Lancaster permite que las propiedades se utilizan como viviendas asequibles siempre que los alquileres se mantengan dentro de un rango razonable.
  • The Eviction Protection Network, which began in 2018 and was ramped up due to the pandemic, is a coalition of partners across the county funded by the city government, the county government, and the Lancaster County Community Foundation’s Lancaster Cares program
  • La Red de Protección contra Desalojos, que comenzó en 2018 y se incrementó debido a la pandemia, es una coalición de socios en todo el condado financiada por el gobierno de la ciudad, el gobierno del condado y el programa Lancaster Cares de la Fundación Comunitaria del Condado de Lancaster.

Local Resources:

City of Lancaster PA: This link will take you the who, why, and how to advocate for subsidies and zoning to make housing more affordable in Lancaster City https://cityoflancasterpa.com/take-action/ 

Affordable Housing in Lancaster & Beyond (City of Lancaster PA): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5nZkvSdQ2k

TenFold: https://www.tabornet.org/merger

The Eviction Protection Network: https://www.lancfound.org/eviction-prevention-network-offers-hope-to-those-in-lancaster-county/?utm_source=rss&utm_medium=rss&utm_campaign=eviction-prevention-network-offers-hope-to-those-in-lancaster-county

Chestnut Housing Corporation: https://www.ecsmc.org/chestnut-housing-corporation/

Community Action Partnership’s Programs for Household Stability: https://caplanc.org/our-programs/household-stability/

Read/Watch List

Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City

The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America

Bttm Fdrs

Hood Feminism: Notes from the Women that a Movement Forgot

Newcomers: Gentrification and Its Discontents

LNP: How racial segregation and 1960s urban renewal embedded poverty in Lancaster’s Southeast

MOMA: Black Reconstructions: Cities and Spatial Justice

NPR: In U.S. Cities, The Health Effects Of Past Housing Discrimination Are Plain To See

CNN: Racist language is still woven into home deeds across America.

LNP: Housing discrimination lasted long here

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