Stories, Context, and the Lived Experience of Black Entrepreneurs, Module III: Housing Insecurity

William Romani
January 3, 2022
Ethics & Social Justice
1 page
Housing, Homelessness, Redlining, Black Women, Shelters, Design Thinking, Case Study, Oral History, racism, investments, Social Wealth Creation
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Each night in Baltimore approximately 2700 people are without a consistent or overnight place to live. For these residents, the barriers to affordable housing stem from historically discriminatory policies that segregated Blacks into overcrowded, underfunded communities and a systematic reduction in public housing units.  The goals of this module are for students to apply pre-requisite knowledge, skills, and concepts related to housing policy, federal loan programs, and key court decisions in order to state, comprehend, and evaluate the devastation of the anti-Black housing practices from both a business and human perspective.

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Learning Outcomes: 

After completing this module students should be able to…

  1. Identify the anti-Black private, public, and legal structures that created and sanctioned the following discriminatory practices in predominantly Black U.S. cities 

    • Red lining

    • Restrictive covenants

    • Deed restriction

    • Public housing demolition

    • "White Flight"

    • Section 8 housing voucher program

  2. Understand the cumulative impact that redlining, restrictive housing and deed covenants, and government funded public housing demolition have had on forced displacement and availability of public housing for Black and housing insecure individuals and families in Baltimore.

  3. Understand the relationship between poverty and food, health care and housing insecurity.

  4. Compare and contrast the additional burdens of housing insecurity on the following; families, children, LGBT, college students, persons with physical and emotional disabilities.

  5. Be prepared to refute the "common myths" of homelessness both verbally and in written form including; housing costs, employment, healthcare, and the perceived causes of homelessness.

  6. Compare and contrast the economic and social impact that historically anti-Black public housing practices have had on the investment and availability of housing for white and Black residents in and around Baltimore.

  7. Evaluate the intended and realized outcomes of historic and current local and federal programs like HOPE VI, McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, and the Fair Housing Act on the access safe, affordable housing in predominantly Black cities like Baltimore.

  8. Identify areas of need and opportunities that exist to create safe, affordable transitional and long term housing in cities like Baltimore.

  9. Identify how organizations, businesses, and institutions like Smalltimore Homes are using a user centered, community owned process to create an equitable system of transitional and long term housing.

  10. Demonstrate the personal growth and empathy required to make investments in entrepreneurs and companies that are creating transitional housing models. (in historically redlined neighborhoods.)