The Housing Action Fund supports policies and endorses candidates who share our vision that all Washington residents have the opportunity to live in safe, healthy, affordable homes in thriving communities. The Action Fund is also committed to critically examining how power dynamics and privileges impact individuals, communities, and larger systems. We thus also work to hold candidates accountable to demonstrating a commitment to forwarding equity in regards to disparities related ro race, class, gender, sexual orientation, and others.
Our processes for choosing both our legislative agenda and our endorsed candidates include questions and analyses related to issues of equity and anti-oppression.

Links Related to Housing/Homelessness Issues and Anti-Oppression

Without Housing: Decades of Federal Housing Cutbacks, Massive Homelessness and Policy Failures
Western Regional Advocacy Project produced this comprehensive document chronicling the history of the impacts federal policy has had on mass homelessness across the country.
NLIHC Housing Spotlight: Who Lives in Federally Assisted Housing?
The National Low Income Housing Coalition published this report in 2012 breaking down the various demographics of households assisted by HUD programs.
Racial Restrictive Covenants: Enforcing Neighborhood Segregation in Seattle
University of Washington Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project article about the history of racial restrictive covenants in the City of Seattle and how these shaped segregated neighborhoods.
The 1964 Open Housing Election: How the Press Influenced the Campaign
University of Washington Seattle Civil Rights and Labor History Project article about King County's 1964 Open Housing Ordinance that would have banned racial discrimination in real estate sales and housing.
Race project | Homelessness in King County: Blacks suffering the most
Seattle Times article about race and homelessness that also features Emerging Advocates Program graduate Nick Maxwell.
The 2014 policy agenda from Washington Community Action Network representing "the collective priorities of 54 leading organizations and institutions that represent Washington State’s diverse communities of color. The goal is to provide guidance to state lawmakers in their efforts to promote a racially equitable economy and society."
King County Median Household Income 2007-2011 by Race/Ethnicity
See the right sidebar on this webpage for the charts and data.
The Homeless Youth & Young Adult Initiative: King County's Community-wide Response
King County document featuring statistics about African American and LGBT young people and homelessness.
This American Life: House Rules
Much of this radio program focuses on the history and enforcement of the Fair Housing Act. They also look at the issue of racial housing discrimination.
This comprehensive report published by D.C.-based National Fair Housing Alliance presents data and recommendations on how we can continue to strengthen the Fair Housing Act of 1968.
Filing a Housing Discrimination Complaint Online with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
Federal law prohibits housing discrimination based on your race, color, national origin, religion, sex, familial status, or disability. If you have been trying to buy or rent a home or apartment and you believe your civil rights have been violated, you can file your fair housing complaint online here.