Understanding the past is one of the first steps towards a more equitable future.
In August 2021, ULI British Columbia was one of five ULI District Councils in the Americas Region to be selected to begin work to understand historic inequities and racial discrimination in land use, and to craft creative strategies to address the ongoing impacts of these policies on community health and wealth disparities.
Participating district councils were identified via a competitive process open to all district councils in North America. Over the next 18 months (August 2021 through January 2023), each participating district council will carefully cultivate partnerships with other local organizations; engage in robust member engagement; create compelling maps and data which tell their local stories; and examine the health and wealth legacy impacts of discriminatory policies and practices.
Finally, District Councils will use this work to create compelling action agendas for advancing antiracism and health equity in real estate. Action plans will emphasize tangible steps for real estate, in addition to broader policy recommendations.
Participating district councils and their specific focus areas include:
- ULI British Columbia: Championing racial equity/inclusion in real estate practice
- ULI Houston: Uncovering discriminatory practice in the Settegast community
- ULI Northwest: Creating an action agenda for climate justice along the I-5 Corridor
- ULI St. Louis: Identifying the intersectionality of place, policy, and health
- ULI Toronto: Tracking historical Black displacement citywide
Lessons from this work will be shared across the greater District Councils network and amongst the wider ULI membership throughout the program.
This program is being coordinated by ULI’s Building Healthy Places Initiative with support from the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation.
ULI BC’s goal under the Partnership for Health Equity Program is to break down the systemic barriers to housing for Indigenous, Black and other racialized populations in our Province. By convening key stakeholders and gathering critical data, we hope to facilitate critical forums and create tools for the local real estate sector that will improve access to safe, affordable housing and promote increased health, wellbeing and long-term social sustainability.
Throughout the fall of 2021 and all of 2022, ULI BC will be looking to its members, partners, stakeholders and guests for opportunities to engage and be a part of this important discussion for change.
If you have any questions about the Program or would like to get involved, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.