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Many Black lives have been lost to the Covid-19 Virus. The Black Lives Matter Movement’s resurgence, significant hardships, and unimaginable challenges present themselves like never before in communities of color. According to the CDC, Black People are 3.7 times more likely to be hospitalized and 2.8 times more likely to die from Covid-19 related illnesses than their white counterparts. Preconditions, generational residency, misinformation, mistrust, poverty, limited access to healthcare, and institutionalized racism play a large part in the high mortality rates. For these reasons, Black Woman Freedom Network, Ltd. to support the resilient population of Black Women who are now more than ever highly at risk for homelessness, Mental/Physical health decline, and susceptible to Human Trafficking. We know why the caged bird sings. According to the Washington Legal Clinic for homelessness, 87% of those identified as not having a permanent residence in D.C. are Black People. As a result of Covid-19, homelessness amongst Black Women is at an all-time high. According to the National Law Center on Homelessness and Poverty, 40% of our country’s homeless population comprises the Black community. This number has become exacerbated by the Pandemic due to multi-generational residency, overwhelmed social service agencies, and household income loss due to illnesses and deaths.
As with the Black Lives Matter Movement, Black Woman Freedom Network, Ltd., takes into account the adverse effects of historical oppression while attempting to build bridges that connect our Nation’s most vulnerable population to much-needed resources and advocacy. Such resources like quality healthcare, affordable housing, and pathways away from Human trafficking are critical at this time. The Pandemic has spotlighted our Nation’s most ugly truths and has helped accelerate our most vulnerable people groups’ ultimate demise. Angela Strickland, 63, lost her life on March 26, 2020, at 9 PM. A Black Woman dedicated to nursing the sick and Elderly back to good health and happiness joined the hundreds of thousands of lives lost this year. Her story lives on through family and friends, a fighter to the end, poor access to quality healthcare gave her a late start in the discovery of a disease that ultimately took her precious life. Lisa Johnson, 44, was expelled from her residency illegally because she traveled during the start of Covid-19 to say goodbye to her dying relative. Her housemates did not give a valid reason for her eviction, and in an instant, she found herself without a home amid one of the worst health crises in U.S. history. Rose Ngonmengi, 28, escaped trafficking in her home country of Cameroon just to find herself in similar predicaments in the U.S. With nowhere to run, she endured abusive scenarios by her abusers. Her unstable citizenship status and limitations resulting from Covid-19 restrictions kept her both vulnerable and invisible to society. Lives can be saved when Organizations like Black Woman Freedom Network, Ltd. with the support of the community steps in to help. The Covid-19 Pandemic caused a
devastating effect on Black communities due to preconditions, generational residency, misinformation, mistrust, poverty, limited access to healthcare, and institutionalized racism. Black Woman Freedom Network, Ltd. endeavors to decrease the number of lives lost by supporting Women’s access to quality healthcare, safe and affordable housing, and pre/post support for Survivors of Human Trafficking.