On April 27, the Davenport Civil Rights Commission commemorated the 50th anniversary of the Fair Housing Act with the “Quad Cities Fair Housing Symposium: Celebrating 50 years of the Fair Housing Act”. Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America, keynoted the event.
Humility of Mary Housing and Shelter staff participated in the symposium making important connections with Quad Cities’ policy makers, housing advocates, and service providers. Our determination to increase housing opportunities for persons and families of all incomes and abilities is now stronger than ever.
We have work to do in Davenport and throughout the Quad Cities to increase housing stability and the related benefits that come from a quality and stable “place to call home”. In 2016 alone, 1,559 Scott County residents became homeless. And just recently, Princeton University’s Eviction Lab ranked Davenport the 44th large city in the US with the highest eviction rate per capita.
The keynote address at the symposium was followed by two symposium tracks that focused on reducing trauma associated with their housing crisis and efforts to enforce the Fair Housing Act on a local level. All attendees received an Action Toolkit.
To learn more about Richard Rothstein, watch this interview program. His book was acclaimed in 2017, the year of its publication.