Race, Equity, and Inclusion

HDC’s vision is that all people live with dignity in safe, healthy, and affordable homes within communities of opportunity. That means equity, cultural and linguistic sensitivity and community ownership are not strategies, methods, or collateral issues for us: they’re the central reason we exist; they drive our advocacy; they shape our consideration of new opportunities and the design and delivery of programs and policies (internally and externally); they’re reflected in the composition of our board, staff, affinity groups, task forces, and community partners; and they are primary criteria against which we evaluate what we do, how, and why.

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In 2013, the Housing Development Consortium (HDC) and its Resident Services Affinity Group, in collaboration with the City of Seattle Office for Civil Rights (SOCR), launched a project utilizing HUD FHAP Partnership Funds with a goal of providing HDC members with tools to counter racism within the affordable housing community. 

Since then, HDC has been engaged in an intentional effort to advance racial equity within the affordable housing sector of King County. We have started this process through educational and organizational development programming.

The Race, Equity, and Inclusion Initiative seeks to help HDC members apply a racial equity lens to their practices in order to achieve a more just, dignified, connected, and accommodating King County. 

Racial Equity Initiative Mission Statement

REI Programs:

⇒ Housing Development Internship Program

⇒ Recruiting Diversity Taskforce

⇒ REI Learning Cohort

REI Resources:

⇒ HDC’s Racial Equity Toolkit

⇒ Promising Practice Profiles

⇒ Recommended Readings

Housing Development Internship

We have created the Housing Development Internship Program to support the next generation of diverse affordable housing professionals. The affordable housing sector is a vibrant community of committed leaders and passionate professionals all committed to the HDC’s vision. This internship aims to expose driven and curious students looking to be a part of a mission-driven working community.

Internship Candidate & Host Agency Applications – Now CLOSED

We are no longer accepting applications for our 2020-2021 Housing Development Internship Program (HDIP), which seeks to create opportunities in the affordable housing sector for students of color from diverse backgrounds. Please keep this opportunity in mind for the 2021 school year!

Nola Liu – 2019 HDIP Intern

Tom Nguyen – 2019 HDIP Intern









Recruiting Diversity Taskforce

HDC’s Recruiting Diversity Task Force is charged with providing recommendations and making the connections necessary to ensure racial equity is a cornerstone of the organization’s vision. Within the broader goal of racial equity, the task force in its current state is focused on recruiting a diverse workforce in the affordable housing sector and ingraining the principles of racial equity into HDC’s member organizations to increase POC retention and mobility throughout the sector.

Responsibilities of RDTF

REI Learning Cohort

HDC developed the Racial Equity Learning Cohort, along with our Racial Equity Toolkit, to help member organizations be intentional in their work, as well as to ground organizations in foundational information on racial equity.

We have three goals in this endeavor:

  1. Support HDC members in completing the Racial Equity Toolkit, particularly the Organizational Assessment and Workplan.
  2. Support a cohort of 4-5 HDC members to participate in a learning community of peers.
  3. Work together to build organizational capacity, identify opportunities to leverage resources, and share best practices.

Racial Equity Toolkit

This toolkit is designed so that it can be customized to fit the needs and characteristics of your organization. This tool is meant to provide context for why racial equity work is important by providing a backdrop for our efforts. Feel free to use this to educate your fellow staff and management to help achieve a common, baseline understanding in your organization.

The layout of the document follows the format of the 4 principles behind this project:

  • Education on racial equity
  • Identification of racial equity issues in organizations
  • Creation of a plan for change
  • Implementation of the tools

The individual tools are designed to fit these principles accordingly.

Racial Equity Toolkit (downloadable PDF)

Additional Tools:

HDC Member Promising Practices Profiles

Member organizations that have made great strides in implementing racial equity work can create a profile of a practice that has been successful within their organization. The goal is to help share knowledge and experience with others to build stronger, more sustainable affiliates, which will help to create stronger communities. If you would like to share a promising practice for racial equity with us, please fill out a Racial Equity Promising Practices Capture Form.

Check out some of our member’s promising practices:

Recommended Reading

Recommended Readings by Black Authors:

  • Born a Crime
    Trevor Noah
  • Emergent Strategies: Shaping Change, Changing Worlds
    Adrienne Maree Brown
  • How To Be An Antiracist
    Ibram X. Kendi
  • Just Mercy: A Story of Justice and Redemption
    Bryan Stevenson
  • On the Other Side of Freedom: The Case for Hope
    DeRay Mckesson
  • Post Traumatic Slave Syndrome: America’s Legacy of Enduring Injury and Healing
    Dr. Joy DeGruy
  • Race For Profit: How Banks and the Real Estate Industry Undermined Black Home Ownership
    Keeanga-Yamahtta Taylor
  • Race Rebels: Culture, Politics, and the Black Working Class
    Robin D. Kelly
  • So You Want to Talk About Race
    Ijeoma Oluo
  • Stamped From the Beginning: The Definitive History of Racist Ideas in America
    Ibram X. Kendi
  • The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness
    Michelle Alexander


Additional REI resources can be found on our Member Portal

For more information, please contact:

Aselefech Evans
(206) 636-1254
[email protected]