At Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia, our vision of a city where everyone has a decent place to live cannot be achieved without acknowledging the inhumanity endured by people of color for centuries.
Racist housing policies such as redlining and racial restrictive covenants created a racial wealth gap in Philadelphia and throughout the nation. The effects of these policies are still experienced today.
As we explore how race and housing are inextricably linked, we aim to share blog posts, stories, articles, videos and interviews that highlight this connection.
We have resolved to hold ourselves accountable, and as a supporter of Habitat Philadelphia, we look forward to working alongside you as we continue to build equity, strength, stability, and self-reliance through shelter.
Learn more about how Racial Covenants continue to impact our city.
Read more about the Housing Valuation Gap in Philadelphia
The Case for Housing Justice in Philadelphia.
The following books are the first installment of a Race and Housing Reading List curated by staff to expand on these topics in further detail.
Watch a conversation between author Richard Rothstein and Director of Project Planning and Design Tya Winn and CEO Corinne O'Connell
Part Two of a conversation between author Richard Rothstein and Director of Project Planning and Design Tya Winn and CEO Corinne O'Connell
Read a Statement from Habitat for Humanity Philadelphia and explore additional anti-racist resources.
Explained: The Racial Wealth Gap
A Dream Deferred: Redlining Past, Present, Future
Staying Put: Stories of Chinatown’s Resistance
Urban Renewal: The Remaking of Society Hill
Philadelphia – The Mill Creek Documentary: Past, Present, & Future
The Sum of Us: What Racism Costs Everyone and How We Can Prosper Together by Heather McGhee
The 1619 Project: A New Origin Story by Nikole Hannah-Jones
The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America by Richard Rothstein
Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City by Matthew Desmond
Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities by Andre M. Perry
Race for Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Homeownership by Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
Philadelphia Inquirer: Racist property deeds kept thousands of Philly homes off-limits to all but white buyers, study finds
Generocity: Race and Exclusion in Philadelphia: Snapshots from the Past 100 Years
Next City: How Redlining Segregated Philadelphia
The Nation: The Average Black Family Would Need 228 Years to Build the Wealth of a White Family Today
City of Philadelphia: Mapping the Legacy of Structural Racism in Philadelphia
These resources were created by people who have had a direct impact on Habitat Philadelphia’s work.
The Player’s Tribune: Y’all Hear Us, But You Ain’t Listening by Tobias Harris
Tobias made a $25,000 donation to provide mortgage relief for 12 Habitat Philadelphia homeowners in May 2020 during the coronavirus pandemic. Watch his conversation with homeowner Rabia here.
The Player’s Tribune: Black People are Tired by Dawn Staley
Dawn Staley was the keynote speaker at the 2019 Building Hope Luncheon.
The Case for Housing Justice in Philadelphia
by James A. Crowder Jr for Policy Link
How do Racial Inequities Limit Homeownership Opportunities
by Habitat for Humanity International