Gerardo Benavides 2017
I am running with United Workers and Team Exercise Your Rights this year in order to support ongoing efforts to create permanently affordable and community-controlled housing developments across Baltimore City. Having community input when it comes to fair housing development ensures that those who are most marginalized by an unjust housing system are heard, and those voices -- from community leaders, members, and housing advocates -- stress the need for more affordable and equitable models of housing. The incredible work the folks over at United Workers are doing with the broader 20/20 campaign addresses other overlapping and intersectional issues related to fair housing, by emphasizing the need to hire local community members to deconstruct vacants in order to create community-controlled green spaces, for example. That broader scope of thinking is needed when addressing these issues that are so intricately tied together.
After having worked with people experiencing homelessness, supporting efforts for community-controlled and affordable housing is paramount to mitigating the effects of homelessness. I am proud to be running with United Workers and Team Exercise Your Rights to support the Community Land Trust effort in Curtis Bay, and will continue to support the 20/20 campaign’s push for investments into fair housing, living wage jobs, and environmental sustainability projects throughout Baltimore City.