Everyone Home DC is excited to announce a new grant partnership with if, A Foundation for Radical Possibility, which will support Everyone Home DC’s continued commitment to dismantling power structures that uphold white supremacy.
In the U.S., Black people are disproportionately impacted by homelessness. In Washington, DC, Black residents make up 86.4% of the homeless population while only representing 46.6% of the city’s population. The over-representation of Black Americans in the homeless population is no accident. Racism, violent land theft, and insufficient income and assets that create housing instability and widen the racial wealth gap has made Black people more likely to experience poverty and homelessness.
Everyone Home DC knows that the systems, programs, and individuals that exist to serve people experiencing homelessness must continue to intentionally address the myriad of injustices that have resulted from racism and racial inequity. And, Everyone Home DC is committed to addressing the disparities that exist in homelessness services across Washington, DC, and within our own organization. Everyone Home DC recognizes that we have much work to do to create long-term change and become a just and equitable society.
“I am beyond thrilled that if, A Foundation for Radical Possibility has chosen to invest in Everyone Home DC. We know that homelessness cannot end without addressing racial inequity,” shared Everyone Home DC Executive Director Karen Cunningham. “As an organization, Everyone Home DC is focused on doing the work to ensure we are consistently examining the systems and structures of our organization through an antiracist lens.”
To accomplish this goal, Everyone Home DC has contracted with C4 Innovations’ Racial Equity Design and Implementation (REDI) Initiative to audit the organization and its services to fully understand racial inequities and disparities within our work and correct them through equitable strategies and systems. C4 Innovations has extensive experience in this field and with similar organizations such as the York Street Project, NJ, and Shelter House, VA. They collaborate with the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments to complete a Racial Equity and Systems Analysis Project, which includes the Continuum of Care that Everyone Home DC is a member of.
The vision of the if Foundation is for Black people and people of the global majority to live powerfully, abundantly, and beautifully in healthy, self-determined communities free of social, economic, and ideological violence. They do this by supporting community-based and nonprofit organizations in the Washington, DC region that advance racial equity and justice. Learn more at https://www.iffdn.org/