United States Constitution: “Housing Equity: AFRICAN-AMERICAN BLACK PEOPLE.”By Terence Morris author and founder, PACETULSA NETWORK. Friday, November 9, 2020. 11:58 AM.
The UN Human Rights Committee empirically has expressed concern “that some 50% of homeless people are AFRICAN-AMERICAN BLACK PEOPLE.
AFRICAN-AMERICAN BLACK PEOPLE constitute roughly 13.4% of the entire US population. With respect to the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights, art. 11(1), Jan. 3, 1976, 999 UNTS 3 Intellectual acknowledgements regarding grievances where both men and women are housed remains a fundamental covenant in United Nations Law.
More in-depth insight related to reported greivances concerning Housing Equity in the United States are as follows:
*The right to adequate housing under international law is organized in state mandates, non-sanctioned as a federal law in the United States.
*The right to adequate housing under international law supplies the standards to which the United States should aspire
*The United States should look to international law covenants until such a time as when the federal government has made housing equity enforceable right.
According to the United Nations’ Committee on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights (“CESC”) for Commodity support systems like U.S. Health Care and the Criminal Justice System that budget hundreds of millions of dollars each year to sustain operations
“The right to housing should not be interpreted in a narrow or restrictive sense which equates it with, for example, the shelter provided by merely having a roof over one’s head or views shelter exclusively as a commodity. Rather it should be seen as the right to live somewhere in security, peace and dignity.”
When the Commission on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights stated security, peace and dignity” they stated that:
“Inequities are the differences in outcomes and processes that are unnecessary, avoidable, unfair, and unjust.
Other vulnerabilities intersecting housing-equity issues are stated according to the Equality Indicators Report prepared by the Community Service Council in partnership with the City of Tulsa with funding from The Rockefeller Foundation and guidance from the City University of New York’s Institute for State and Local Governance.
• poverty, life stage, and location
• agriculture, nutrition, and health
• race, class, and ethnicity
In 1968 the US Supreme Court, in Jones v. Alfred H. Mayer Co., for the first time, recognized Congress’s right to prohibit discrimination in the realm of private housing transactions. There, the Court found
discrimination in housing to be so deplorable that it departed from a tradition of non-interference in private contracts and recognized that “people of all races have an equal right to acquire real property.”
In Jones, the Court equated racially discriminatory real estate practices with the “badges and incidents of slavery” and declared them unconstitutional.
The Consideration of Reports by States Parties under Article 40 of the Covenant, Concluding Observations of the Human Rights Committee, United States concurs with this analysis of “concerning aquiring property.”
Although, there’s no law mandating guaranteed housing certain entities have legalized and defined human rights issues that would establish compensatory reasons for inequality.
The Mental Health Association and Transitioning from Living on the Streets into Public Housing has said,
“In Tulsa County, mental health behavior modification programs highlight key participant interactions as a starting point to personal growth and development
At the end of a long hard-core life-changing journey most mental health clients are offered assistance with affordable housing in Tulsa, County. Either by way of referral or direct application.”
Homelessness is the most extreme deprivation of the right to adequate housing. Despite the legal and programmatic advances that have been made, homelessness persists in the United States. In fact, in 2013 there were an estimated 610,042 homeless people in the United States.
U.S. DEP’T OF HOUSING & URBAN DEV., THE 2013 ANNUAL HOMELESS ASSESSMENT REPORT, AHAR, TO CONGRESS 6/13
The Oklahoma constitution states, “The several counties of the State shall provide . . . for those inhabitants who, by reason of age, infirmity, or misfortune, may have claims upon the sympathy and aid of the county. (Okla. Const. art. XXVII, § 3.)
In addition to limited entitlement programs like Section XIi, HUD, Mental health affordable housing etc. the federal government has also focused on anti-discrimination protections in a number of statutes and Executive Orders addressing housing concerns.
Specifically, Title VI of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 which obligates HUD to ensure that families and individuals are not subject to housing discrimination on the basis of race, color, or national origin by any HUD-funded grantee or sponsor participating in a HUD program.
Although, The United States Constitution doesn’t expressly guarantee, “Housing Equity,” for AFRICAN-AMERICAN BLACK PEOPLE, improving policies which address inequity could one day provide support for a Constitutional Initiative.
Since the 1970’s United States sponsoring legislation has not specifically addressed Constitutional vulnerabilities AFRICAN-AMERICAN BLACK PEOPLE struggle with everyday. It seems that a perpetual race war is confirmed by our own American Constitution.
Housing Equity must be addressed NOW if America is going to heal. The Supreme Court, The Executive and The Legislative arms of the United States Government must work!