AFFORDABLE HOUSING


Today many of our predominantly Black neighborhoods are being gentrified because of many reasons, the main being systematic barriers set in place to impede the progress of us organizing our collective goals for our community.  Struggling and prosperous black communities are similar in regard to transportation and geographic mobility but, prosperous black communities are significantly ahead in terms of home ownership. However, contrary to previous text, the research found no indication that homeowners are more geographically stable than renters. Urban and regional planners can better serve the Black communities by: improving avenues to wealth attainment, advancing homeownership, supporting investments/economic development in predominantly Black neighborhoods, utilizing inclusionary zoning, zoning against the inequitable distribution of hazard sites and revitalizing the existing communities in-place.  There are 46.3 million people in the United States who are either primarily black or black in combination with one or more other races. The census projects that this number will grow to 74.5 million people by July 1, 2060, which is 17.9% of the total U.S. population. With the growing number of black people in the United States, it is important that special attention is given to ensure livable and prosperous communities for this group.