Protests across the country over the death of George Floyd have highlighted continuing racial discrepancies in the United States and need for reforms. The issue of homelessness in particular has disproportionately affected minority and historically underserved communities.
HUD estimates that while African Americans comprise 13% of the US population and 26% of those living in poverty, they account for more than 40% of the overall homeless population. A recent LA Times article reported 21,509 Black people were without permanent, habitable housing during the homeless census count in January — 34% of Los Angeles’ homeless population of 64,000 in a county where only 8% of residents are African American.
Homes 4 the Homeless is proud to have as a founding advisory board member Berkeley City Councilman Ben Bartlett. Bartlett has emerged as an important voice for police reform in the wake of George Floyd’s death and we support his efforts.
On June 6 Bartlett hosted a funeral march in Berkeley to bury racism and delivered an important address publicly announcing the City’s response to the protests in voting to permanently ban the use of tear gas, pepper spray and smoke grenades against protesters.
Councilmember Ben Bartlett agreed, announcing that the “era of militarism is over” and “the stakes are our freedom.”
Ben Bartlett is a fifth generation Berkeley native, environmental lawyer, and respected community leader. His mission is to leverage industry and government to deliver innovation, expand opportunity, and protect the environment. His main policy work includes large scale deployment of affordable housing. His legislation was the first in the nation initiative to house the homeless in prefabricated modular micro-units Please support our friend in this important work. Learn more about Ben at http://www.benbartlett.vote/ and donate to his campaign.