Urban Homeworks uses equitable housing as a platform to build community. Focusing on vacant or distressed properties, they engage communities in determining what their neighborhoods will look like, transforming homes into dignified and healthy neighborhoods. Through this commitment, they reverse inequities with historical roots, such as the many structural barriers that stopped many non-White people from buying property and building wealth for most of the last century, including redlining and predatory lending practices that depressed homeownership rates for African Americans. A 2020 report by Zillow shows Minneapolis having the largest gap between Black and non-Black home ownership rates in the United States (51.3%)–Black home ownership rate in Minneapolis is 22%, half the national rate. See Mapping Prejudice for more information.