Black History Month begins on a somber tone with an event that has been too common in America -- the funeral of a black man, Tyre Nichols, who lost his life at the hands of police brutality. The Council of Large Public Housing Authorities extends our deep condolences to the family and friends of Tyre.
America’s centuries-long reckoning with racial injustice has been exacerbated by our country’s history of unjust, racist housing policies that disproportionately disenfranchise BIPOC communities. CLPHA will continue to center racial equity and inclusion in our work to provide housing opportunities for low-income families. For more than 40 years, CLPHA has fought for federal policies that address systemic racism in public and affordable housing, including rebuilding public housing, expanding access to housing vouchers, and bringing the health, education, and housing sectors together to improve the lives of Black families.
Black History Month is a time to reflect on how we can better advance equity for Black individuals who face barriers to housing, healthcare, education, and economic mobility. Our nation is richer, freer, and stronger when every Black person has unfettered access to all the opportunities America has to offer.