Alleviating California’s housing affordability crisis will require myriad resources and cross-sector collaborations. In regions where Black residents are simultaneously experiencing an alarming and disproportionate rate of displacement and homelessness, a targeted approach is critical. Since the 1990s, California has required not-for-profit hospitals to provide community benefit investments. Despite their promising intent, these investments lack a targeted approach to address racial inequities in health and housing. Hospitals committed to health must address housing instability and, in Oakland, this means promoting racial equity in housing and prioritizing strategies to address structural barriers.
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