We must insure affordable housing for all residents if we are to have a healthy, diverse community and robust economy.
Mobilizing for Health
Steps Coalition collaborated with Boat People SOS to form a coalition to address Language Access Barriers to Healthcare for Vietnamese children ages 0 to 8. The coalition was a success and brought 12 new members from MS Department of Health, Non- Government Community Organizations, and Vietnamese Parents. Through this coalition, we were able to engage 29 community members in focus groups to conduct a Policy, Systems Environmental Scan. We also engaged over 89 people in regular educational training related to healthcare. Finally, the coalition organized a Moon Festival which attracted over 400 community participants, during this event, 100 Vietnamese Community members received free vaccinations. Through this program healthcare providers and MS Department of Health representatives identified translation and interpretation needs.
Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH)
Steps Coalition responded to the needs of the community by developing a culturally-competent training model for community residents to engage in the Affirmatively Furthering Fair Housing (AFFH) process. HUD's AFFH rule provides an effective planning approach to aid program participants in taking meaningful actions to overcome historic patterns of segregation, promote fair housing choice, and foster inclusive communities that are free from discrimination. We have trained 30 community leaders across the Mississippi Gulf Coast. We also increased access to First-Time Home Buyer training by hosting a series of workshops and homebuyer fairs with our community banking and technical assistance partners. To date, we have trained 40 community members.