We all deserve a just economy that works for everyone, not just a privileged few. Everyone should be able to own their own home, build businesses, and have access to capital to create successful futures for their families and the generations to come.
But the legacy of redlining is pervasive. People of color continue to be denied the opportunity to thrive in our economy based on their race and where they live, resulting in a widening racial wealth gap: white households have, on average, ten times the wealth of Black households.
Greenlining our economy means creating a future where race is never a barrier to opportunity.
A Just Economy that Works for Everyone
The Greenlining Institute advocates for race-conscious policies that hold financial institutions accountable, end discriminatory practices, and establish pathways to financial security and prosperity.
We are building a future where more people of color are homeowners, business owners, and have access to wealth-building infrastructure such as high-speed internet for generations to come.
Our current projects include:
Banking and Financial Accountability
The financial industry plays a central role in our society, and must be accountable and responsible to all communities – especially communities of color, which typically have had less access to financial services and asset-building resources.
Closing the racial wealth gap requires making business opportunities abundant and accessible to small businesses owned by people of color, particularly those located in formerly redlined neighborhoods.
Access to the internet is not a luxury. It is a necessity for us to connect to friends and families, access government and financial services, achieve economic security and to be a full member of today’s digital society.
Housing is a human right and everyone should be able to live in a home that is affordable, safe, resilient to the impacts of climate change, and contributes to equitable wealth-building rather than dragging people down further into debt.