You can learn more by reading the city’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Plan.
You can also read more about the experiences of eight specific communities in Washington County by reading the Leading with Race report, researched and written by the Coalition of Communities of Color.
This report establishes that the root causes of inequitable housing practices (such as segregated neighborhoods, limited housing options, and differences in homeownership rates) are complex and varied. As stated in the report, “they are the cumulative result of racist institutions and practices like immigration and criminal justice policies, opportunity and achievement gaps of students and mortgage lending practices,” to name a few.
Read the Executive Summary of the Leading with Race report.