BVG Housing Reparations Philly
The Black Visioning Group- redistribution through a lens of reparations
Minimum Monthly Goal: $8, 161
We direct white and non-Black wealth to Black queer and trans people in Philadelphia in need of funds for housing and/or transportation. This includes covering rent and mortgage payments, funding home repairs, purchasing cars, title transfers, loan payments, repairs, gas, tolls, AAA membership, bus fares, and Uber/Lyft fares. This group began in summer 2020, and became fiscally sponsored by Beyond Trenches (a 501c3) in fall 2022.
Why do we organize around housing?
>> Anti-Blackness and the continued legacy of chattel slavery prevented and continues to prevent Black people from accumulating wealth  in the same way that white people (and some non-Black people of color) often can… we are committed to change this.
One clear area of wealth inequality is HOUSING. For countless white families, the bulk of the family’s wealth is stored in property such as houses and cars, which can then be passed down through generations , or sold later to get cash.
In Philadelphia, Black neighborhoods were intentionally under-funded  -- this means the wealth gap exists on purpose. We make an effort to repair this by ensuring rent + housing costs are covered every month for the 19 Black queer+ trans folks we center.
Who makes up Housing Reparations Philly?
The folks we center: 19+ Black Queer/trans/MaGes (marginalized genders), darker skinned, fatter, disabled/different-abled, poor, hood, femmes raised/rooted in Philadelphia. These folks individually and/or collectively represent a “pod.” A “pod” is a person/persons who receives reparative funds and labor (for example, Water Pod, Jade Pod, The Basils Pod, etc.) This group shares experiences with housing and dreams/wishes around what housing+ reparations looks like for them now & into the future.
Black Visioning Group
The Black Visioning Group (BVG) is a group of Black queer/trans folks in close(r) proximities to wealth who organize to directly respond to housing dreams/needs Dreamers. BVG acts as the liaison between the dreamers and the housing reparations group, promoting harm reduction, equity and guidance from folks in less(er) proximity to wealth.
Roles include: finding housing, co-signers, helping to draft legal documents (lease) to protect folks who are being housed, raising funds for rent/moving/income, security deposits and for larger purchases like home and land purchase.
BVG has also engaged in hands on home building to secure housing for Black queer and trans folks from Philadelphia.
Housing Reparations Philly
Housing Reparations Philly is made of white and non-black folks who mobilize around the desires of the Dreamers through a model of redistribution through the lens of reparations
Roles include: disclosing resources, organizing/facilitating long term fundraising, and learning about/processing anti-blackness and history of reparations.
HRP has an intention to use their privilege and networks to carry out the Dreamer’s needs/plans/dreams and the required logistics to make it happen.
Volunteer with us.
We are always looking to grow our network of white + nonblack folks willing to support w/organizing + community care.
Support comes in many forms (providing rides, coordinating volunteers, support writing grants)
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