Trust Black Women: Intersection of Food & Housing in Pittsburgh
Women who face intersecting challenges around discrimination are more likely to face housing instability and hunger. Previous research has found many negative consequences of food insecurity for families and households, but this has not been examined in connection to housing instability. This report examines the intersection of housing and food insecurity as having the most direct impact on Black women with the intention of providing more collaboration across sectors with context from the perspective that this demographic has relating to their role in movement building to address these challenges. While examining this intersection Black women from Pittsburgh in decision-making positions are asked a series of questions to further understand how collaboration across organizations is critical while centering those with lived and disproportionate experience through mobilizing their own communities to fight for change.
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Janiah is a native of the Greater Cincinnati area where her lived experiences have shaped her worldview. She attended Northern Kentucky University where she gained her Bachelor's degree in Integrative Studies which consists of three minors in Political Science, Social Justice and University Honors with focus areas in Women & Gender Studies and Public Service. In her Junior year at NKU, Janiah was an intern at Cornerstone Renter Equity, an affordable housing non-profit where she made recommendations on the quality of food in a neighborhood that had food deserts based on a survey of residents took. That summer, she was a Victory Congressional Intern, her placement was on the House Appropriations subcommittee of Transportation, Housing and Urban Development (THUD) where she assisted in moving the 2020 THUD Bill to the House Floor. Following this experience, she was an intern at the Greater Cincinnati Homeless Coalition where she coordinated efforts for the Affordable Housing Trust Fund Charter Amendment. She also has worked in non-profits, campaigns and led town halls at her university to address solutions for students experiencing homelessness and a sense of belonging.
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