The Black History of Housing in America: How the Dream Was Deferred

by Raphael Bostic During this Black History Month, and for many to come, we must never forget the dream—and fight for a new inheritance, one woven not of exclusion but instead of that universal human spirit that calls us each home. If you want to understand the black-white wealth gap, it helps to know the story…

The Flint Lead Poisoning Disaster: Why We Must Invest in Healthy Homes

by Raphael Bostic About 150 years ago, people figured out that lead pipes could kill them. In 1861, fifty prisoners in King County Jail in Brooklyn started vomiting uncontrollably, until a doctor realized that the water supply was contaminated with lead. Seven years later, a New York City woman named Elizabeth Galler was accused of poisoning…

The Millennials Are Finally Moving, But Will They Find Home?

by Raphael Bostic The long-awaited moment is here. The Millennials are on the move. For the first time in almost a decade, America’s young adults are leaving home and forming their own households at a growing rate. The Millennial generation, now in their 20s and early 30s, have waited longer than any previous generation for this…

Why Home Matters: Welcome to the Conversation

by Raphael Bostic How do you talk about home without thinking of the American dream?   It was Thomas Jefferson who first solidified the vision of homeownership as the foundation of American democracy. He saw it as the antidote to European aristocracy, which perpetuated itself by keeping land in the hands of the nobility. Jefferson’s radical…