If homes are truly “affordable” then the median net worth of Black families in Greater Boston should not be $8. If homes are truly “affordable” then people of color working in Greater Boston should have a livable wage that lifts them out of poverty and discrimination that exists in many of Greater Boston’s white led organizations. Having housing that is truly affordable guarantees permanence, joy, voice, worth, elevation, and legacy. Rising rents have not only impacted my family from being able to afford a home but also my network of colleagues and friends.
By 2053 the median net worth of Black Americans will drop to $0. I am determined to not let this projection become true. As a member of the Affordable Housing Action Committee, I am committed to activating the voices that aren’t considered to disrupt the toxic patterns of displacement that current and former residents have endured. Living in Greater Boston should not be a luxury.