All of us at All Chicago are saddened and greatly disturbed by the murders of Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, and the countless others who have been victims of the racism and structural inequities that continue to harm the Black community in Chicago and throughout the country. Through our work, we know that homelessness disproportionately affects the Black population in Chicago. While roughly 30% of the city’s population is Black, over 70% of people experiencing homelessness are Black. If we are to prevent and end homelessness in Chicago we must address the racial inequities that plague our city.
Systemic racism is directly connected to the rate at which Black people experience homelessness in Chicago. We are committed to fighting against the systems of discrimination that cause so much harm. It is apparent that there are many barriers preventing the Black community from achieving equality, and we are working every day to address those barriers. The legacy of segregation in Chicago has created conditions that make it difficult for minority communities to embrace the opportunities enjoyed in neighborhoods with white majorities. Disinvestment in neighborhoods on the south and west sides leads to poverty and instability, increasing the likelihood that someone will experience homelessness in these areas. We must support these communities to ensure that Chicago is a safe and stable city for all who live here.
Through our work to prevent and end homelessness, we seek to address the systemic issues that helped create racial inequality in Chicago. We continue to host community conversations to discuss and address the racial inequities that we see in the data surrounding homelessness in Chicago. These conversations identify specific focus areas and practices that we must adopt to progress.
As we move forward in our work to prevent and end homelessness in Chicago, we stand in solidarity with all who are fighting for social justice.