June 25 2015

The California Endowment applauds the Supreme Court of United States for its ruling that you should have the right to live where you want without the threat of discrimination.  Commenting on the ruling in the case of Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs v. The Inclusive Communities Project, Dr. Anthony Iton, MD, JD, Senior Vice President of The California Endowment, released the following statement:

“The Supreme Court’s ruling upholds the tenets of social equity and fairness, which we recognize as fundamental determinants of health.  Hopefully, this puts an end to authorized residential segregation, which has left so many poor and people of color exposed to environmental hazards, confined to resource-strapped schools, and far from well-paying jobs.”

“As a health foundation, we work in places that have long suffered from discriminatory housing practices, and whose residents now experience higher rates of disease and earlier death.  The work to improve health in these places involves not only ending discriminatory practices, but also providing the residents with skills and opportunities to overcome accumulated physical, economic, and emotional damage.”

“Even with this ruling, we must continue to fight obstacles to fair housing such as gentrification.  Fortunately, our partners in California have succeeded in gaining some promising tools, like the local control funding formula for schools, and cap and trade for environmental impacts and planning, that are helping communities to deal with inequities.”

“Where you live matters to your health – a lot.  And it matters to your children and your children’s children. Today’s ruling bolsters our resolve to improve health through a place-based approach.  People throughout California and the nation, and the generations that follow them, will be better off for it.”

Click here to read a City Project blog about the Supreme Court ruling and its impact on underserved communities.