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The Fair Housing Center presents documentary answering the Question, “Why Does ZIP Code Matter?”

A person’s ZIP Code has been shown to have a greater impact on health and well-being than their genetic code, affecting access to education, transportation, and wealth. How is this possible? 

From Writer/Director Sena Mourad Friedman, Executive Producer Will Lucas, Producer Erickson Blakney and sponsored by The Fair Housing Center comes the provocative new documentary ZIP CODE MATTERS which boldly asks the question and gets profound and insightful answers from the nation’s leading policymakers, nonprofit executives, public health officials and social scientists, researchers, authors, and civil rights and social justice activists. Audiences will learn about the connection between ZIP Codes and the forecast for life outcomes. 

JOIN US THURSDAY, APRIL 29, 2021, 6 – 7:30 P.M. EST for a special virtual screening of this new documentary, followed by a live panel discussion with experts featured in ZIP CODE MATTERS moderated by the film’s producer, Filmmaker/Journalist and Philanthropy Professional, Erickson Blakney.

Where you live should not determine how long you live, but it does. In fact, health has more to do with place than doctors’ visits. The odds are stacked against low-income communities and communities of color. Because of a legacy of racial and economic segregation, anti-immigrant policy, and a host of other historical “isms”, there are many communities in the United States where the neighborhood environment conspires to harm residents. These environments lack basic health protective amenities like parks, grocery stores, decent schools, functioning transportation systems, affordable and decent housing, living wage jobs, and even potable water in some instances. Public systems are on life support, stranding residents in pressure cookers of stress. These neighborhood and community environments are not natural; they are manmade and can be unmade.

“Today’s residential segregation in the North, South, Midwest and West is not the unintended consequence of individual choices and of otherwise well-meaning law or regulation but of unhidden public policy that explicitly segregated every metropolitan area in the United States,” asserts Richard Rothstein, author of The Color of Law: A Forgotten History of How Our Government Segregated America. Rothstein, Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) and Civil Rights Activist Stella Adams are among the many experts featured in ZIP CODE MATTERS.

According to The Fair Housing Center’s Sena Mourad Friedman, Director of the film, “The idea for this project was born when someone challenged me to explain how in the world a ZIP Code could matter when it comes to life determinants. It hit me that if you grew up in a well-resourced neighborhood, you truly could not wrap your brain around how where you grow up matters to the success you have in your life.”




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