In August 2021, New Deal for Youth (ND4Y) Changemakers participated in a panel titled “Beyond the Climate Crisis: The Journey to Environmental Justice” for the Appalachian Trail Conservancy’s Emerging Leaders’ Summit. During the conversation, Changemakers Aniya Butler, Kaliko Kalahiki, and Marissa Howdershelt highlighted radical and holistic solutions that value our humanity and collective well-being over corporate greed.
More members of Congress must raise homeownership disparities and community reinvestment as a priority in the Build Back Better agenda, displaying their support for programs that acknowledge and strive to dismantle racist housing and land use policies or eliminate their lasting, discriminatory effects.
While rates of adult mental illness were on the rise even before the pandemic, the grief, isolation, and anxiety brought about by COVID-19 have contributed to increased rates of more severe mental health symptoms, particularly among youth, LGBTQ+ individuals, and Black and Native American populations.
As we look to create a system that successfully supports people to return to their communities, we should draw inspiration from the healing-centered ideals advanced nearly a century ago. Community supervision should be an opportunity to support those targeted by our racist criminal legal system in achieving economic opportunity.
Affordable housing is a multidimensional issue affecting individuals across socioeconomic backgrounds. Yet, Black, Indigenous, and people of color (BIPOC) are disproportionately impacted at higher rates.
To help tenants stay in their homes, local and federal policymakers must advance effective solutions like right-to-counsel programs, which ERAP funds can support. Such programs help tenants secure representation to fight evictions, a step toward equity that many local governments have shown can reduce housing instability and save money for communities.