At Community Roots Housing, we believe everyone has the right to a quality, affordable home. Housing is foundational to human health and success and provides the fundamental architecture for our communities. For over forty years our mission has been to meet the need for housing while building vibrant communities. Our expanding portfolio of community-centered projects embodies this commitment.
Yet, in 2022 we seek to move beyond the “how” and get to the “why” of our mission.
As we have evolved as an organization, we have grown to face the reality that housing disparities are not accidental. Systemic and racist restrictions like redlining, racially restrictive deed covenants, and unfair financing have exacerbated steep disparities in housing access, wealth, ownership, and opportunity.
We acknowledge that our industry and even our organization have tolerated and perpetuated this reality. We must name it, and we must commit to reversing it. But taking on the fight against inequity is not something we do alone. We do it with our community partners. We do it with humility and with our hearts open. We begin by putting this commitment in our very mission statement:
Together with residents and partners, we confront inequity to create inclusive housing and foster thriving, just communities.
How does this commitment show up in our work today?
We are creating more affordable housing than ever before, placing into service over 500 new apartment homes in the next two years, including workforce housing.
We are fostering community by focusing on environmental sustainability with one of the United States’ first cross-laminated timber affordable housing projects, the Heartwood.
We are investing in existing properties, renovating and rehabilitating them to ensure residents have quality homes that endure through the years. And we continue to support residents still reeling from the pandemic with significant rental assistance funding.
We are leading with our commitment to racial equity in our work and operations.
At Community Roots Housing, our commitment to mission isn’t new. It is ever evolving. Together with you, we will continue this work for generations to come.