Our role in promoting equality and social justice

Dear Housing Families’ Friends, Supporters, Staff, and Families,

In wake of the white supremacists’ riot that took place in Charlottesville, Virginia, Housing Families wants to assure our community that we are evermore committed to our values and rising up to our role in promoting equality and social justice.

We acknowledge that we work with a diverse staff and serve families with a broad range of cultures, race, and life circumstances. Intolerant and incendiary acts like this deeply affect all of us, and we will do our best to ensure Housing Families creates a safe, open, and supportive environment for all.

We acknowledge that racism is at the core of many social ailments, including homelessness, and that we therefore cannot achieve our mission of ending family homelessness without dismantling the multiple layers of systemic racism and injustices.

We acknowledge that as much as we may want eradicate the fear, sadness, concern, and other emotions our community is struggling with, we do not have all the answers.  History has demonstrated, however, that using diversity as a source of strength and building bridges between our community members is the most effective weapon against the intolerance and hate.  Therefore, we will continue bringing people together in various forums so that we can listen, empathize, and understand how to best support each other.

If you find yourself feeling unsafe, please reach out for help.  Any Massachusetts resident who has witnessed or experienced bias-motivated threats, harassment or violence may call the Attorney General’s Hotline at 1-800-994-3228 or fill out a civil rights complaint form available on the Attorney General’s website. Residents may also contact the AG’s Office through its social media platforms, including Facebook and Twitter.

In solidarity,

Housing Families’ Management Team