Intentionally engaging historically underserved and underrepresented communities in city decision-making processes is an important step toward advancing racial equity. As part of our efforts to incorporate a variety of ideas and perspectives into the city’s housing projects and programs, we established a new group that is comprised of culturally and racially diverse community members with an interest in housing.
In partnership with Unite Oregon, the city formed the Inclusive Housing Cohort. Unite Oregon is a community organization led by people of color, immigrants and refugees, rural communities and people experiencing poverty to build an intercultural movement for justice in Oregon.
The cohort held its first meeting in January and will continue to meet throughout the year. The Inclusive Housing Cohort will provide input into several housing-related projects being led by the city, including the Metro Affordable Housing Bond Implementation, the Housing Options Project and the Cooper Mountain Community Plan.
The Inclusive Housing Cohort also is intended to:
- Build capacity of community members to participate in decision-making processes
- Help develop a shared understanding of housing issues among housing cohort members
- Share resources and information learned with cohort members’ respective communities
For information about the Inclusive Housing Cohort, contact Emily Roots of the Community Development Department at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the following sites to learn more about housing projects and programs in Beaverton: