Concord Coalition to End Homelessness’ Commitment to Diversity, Equity & Inclusion
Working with our community partners, CCEH’s mission is to eliminate chronic homelessness; support and quickly re-house people who have recently become homeless; and build a system that effectively responds to the diverse needs of people experiencing homelessness. Fulfilling our mission requires a commitment to anti-racism and to standing as strong allies with Black, Indigenous, and People of Color (BIPOC) who are calling for necessary change.
We understand that racism and homelessness are intimately linked and that BIPOC in communities across the country are disproportionately impacted by homelessness. Without a doubt, this is due to structural racism and disparities in access embedded in our society, from access to health care, economic opportunities, housing, and education. New Hampshire, including Greater Concord, is not immune from these disparities.
At Concord Coalition to End Homelessness, our board and staff are committed to educating ourselves, advocating for change, and standing strongly with leaders in the BIPOC community in our joint calls for equity and inclusion in all aspects of life. We will use an intersectional lens as we recognize that individuals’ experiences with oppression can be based on multiple identities – race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, and disability being some examples – and that all overlap and can disproportionately lead to homelessness.
All Granite Staters – including BIPOC, women, members of the LGBTQ+ community, people with a disability, and more – have value and deserve access to decent, safe, stable, and affordable housing. To end homelessness in our community, it is absolutely necessary to achieve equity and inclusion for all.