Message from MassNAHRO
Tuesday, June 23, 2020
Posted by: Rebecca Oliveira
MassNAHRO joins in the anger, frustration, sadness, and apprehension resulting from recent incidents of racism in our country. Though discrimination and prejudice are unfortunately not new occurrences in America, the pandemic and its disproportionate impact on black and brown people have underscored its prevalence and intensified reactions to it.
MassNAHRO members are “housers” of the Commonwealth’s low-income families, elderly and disabled. A safe, decent affordable home and thriving community are essential for quality and success in life, especially for children. Every day, public housing authorities promote and adhere to the principles of fair housing, equal access and opportunity, and anti-discrimination. They foster core human values of respect, dignity and accountability in the programs they deliver. Yet, systemic racism is a barrier to upward mobility and self-sufficiency for the minority populations they serve.
MassNAHRO’s mission is to sustain strong agencies, staff, and boards, resulting in empowered residents and healthy communities. Now, more than ever, we strive to do better for our constituents and are committed to being part of the solution to the injustices that exist today.
We will continue to listen to our members and industry partners and collaborate on ways to influence public policy to eliminate racism and inequality. We will use our collective voice to advocate, educate and affect change. We’re in this together.