Chattanooga Organized for Action, in a report earlier this year entitled "Negro Removal in Chattanooga: The Impact of Market-Based Development on Communities of Color," claimed that the new development going on in Chattanooga is an attempt to remove blacks from their homes in our city and replace them with whites.
Apparently COA believes that the decision-makers in Chattanooga want to turn the city into a Mecca for rich white people, and doesn't care about improving the lives of poor African-Americans.
Hamilton Flourishing - a new non-profit - challenges this claim by COA, noting that they provide no data to prove their accusation. In a report linked to this story, Hamilton Flourishing also demonstrates that the data COA uses to prove that blacks are being forced out of their homes is recognized as unreliable in the community of professional research.
This new report especially expresses disappointment with the inflammatory language used by COA, explaining that such language is counterproductive to the kind of relationship-building we need to solve our city's problems.
In an attempt to demonstrate positive concern for the welfare of our city and Hamilton County, Hamilton Flourishing has invested in a study of affordable housing for our citizens. The organization recognizes that housing is a growing problem in Chattanooga and Hamilton County, as it is across our country. It is a problem that affects, not only the poor, but the middle class as well, irrespective of racial background.
In this report, Hamilton Flourishing gives credit to the many efforts currently being made to address this problem by our city and county.
The organization also seeks to join the conversation by making several recommendations of its own, such as
• adding transportation costs to affordable housing estimates,
• educating our citizens about the housing problem so they will be more cooperative with efforts to make improvements, and
• targeting of professions that are critical for the welfare and safety of our community to be sure they have good housing, such as our teachers, policemen, firemen, and veterans.
Hamilton Flourishing calls all our community to support the good efforts being made, and to build the respectful and peaceful relationships that are required for us to solve our problems. We at Hamilton Flourishing want to see the peace and prosperity of the county grow for every citizen. We long to see the day when people are not talking about “inequity” but “inclusion and equal participation.”
The report, and further information about Hamilton Flourishing, may be found by visiting the website: https://hamiltonflourishing.org/affordablehousingreport
President of Hamilton Flourishing