Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, and Accessibility (DEIA)

Family Promise is committed to applying Diversity, Equity, Inclusion & Accessibility (DEIA) best practices to all aspects of our work. Our goal is to end family homelessness, and we understand that aspiration is not possible without addressing equity issues at all levels. We have hosted webinars on Redlining, Allyship and the principles of the DEIA Journey. We have also engaged leaders in the DEIA space to present at our Innovation Summit and symposiums.  

Another important part of our DEIA work is engaging people with lived experience. Family Promise National has a Guest Advisory Council (GAC) which is comprised of graduate guests from Affiliates across the country. The GAC is drawn upon for advocacy efforts, public relations, the development of initiatives, and the formation of policy for Affiliates. We also encourage our Affiliates to engage people with lived experience by offering them opportunities to join the staff or board as well as creating a local GAC at their Affiliate.  

Homelessness is a justice issue. Institutional racism is inextricably intertwined with the crisis of family homelessness. Black individuals represent 13% of the United States population but over 50% of the homelessness population. We cannot solve homelessness without solving racism.

Family Promise Statement on Equality and Non-Discrimination: 

Family Promise serves families of all compositions. We welcome everyone in the community to be part of the solution to empower families experiencing homelessness and ultimately retain and regain the safety, security, and opportunity that comes with having a home. 

Family Promise Statement on Racism: 

It is impossible to separate systemic and structural racism from the reality that people of color, and Black people in particular, are disproportionately affected by homelessness and poverty. Family Promise is committed to being an anti-racist organization. We will educate and engage ourselves, our stakeholders, and the community to work towards overcoming racism, so that race no longer defines who has housing. 

Family Promise Racial Justice Council

The Racial Justice Council, is comprised of community members who ensure issues of racial equity are addressed at all levels of Family Promise’s work. 

Racially charged events over the past few years have created an opportunity for change. Family Promise leadership embraced the occasion to evaluate its practices as they relate to diversity, equity, inclusion, and access. The Racial Justice Council, comprised primarily of People of Color from the Family Promise network, was formed as a first step toward ensuring the organization’s culture prioritizes racial equity. The Council’s insight helps Family Promise build on its strengths and identify areas for improvement related to inclusion and diversity. 

Important Resources and Information

“Housing has a rich history as a tool of structural racism including restrictive covenants, redlining, the placement of transportation hubs, environmental hazards, and more.”

Family Promise CEO Claas Ehlers

    
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