We imagine a world in which every community is one in which all people can live, work, and share life together. Every neighborhood will have housing options for everyone. This is “Beloved Community.”
Defining the problem
Many of our neighborhoods fall far short of this vision. Neighborhoods were broken by short-sighted, exclusive, and often racist public policies in the 20th century. Most communities
are economically segregated–wealthy people live in one area, less wealthy people in another. This kind of community does not work. In wealthy communities, people are healthier and children receive a better education. In low-wealth communities, people are sicker, children receive a worse education, and there is a greater likelihood of negative outcomes. Despite the myth of the “American Dream,” it is extremely hard for a person to move from one kind of community to the other (either up or down). We live separate lives.
Integrated communities with diverse housing work for everyone. In economically-integrated communities, outcomes for people who are poorer are vastly improved, while outcomes for people who are wealthy are not diminished. We share life’s burdens and benefits.
Housing is the foundation for Beloved Community. Each community can make decisions that will provide diverse housing options through a combination of the private market and public policy.
The Coalition for a Diverse Decatur / DeKalb exists to support our communities in developing policies that move toward this vision of Beloved Community. We welcome all of our neighbors to join our movement!
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