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Airbnb, Test Your Hosts for Bias
Miriam Axel-Lute, Shelterforce
Now that the issue of racial discrimination has reared its ugly head in the peer-to-peer, "disruptive" tech industry, Airbnb might be wise to take a page from the fair housing playbook . . . More

Come Together: Reweaving America's Social Fabric Using the Arts
Joyce Fernandes, archi-treasures
When used strategically, the arts offer very effective tools for bringing people in and across communities together, especially those with differences. Here are some guiding principles that might lead organizations to success . . . More

Who Is Still Unbanked, And What Can We Do About it?
Bob Annibale, Citi Community Development
2015 marked the country's lowest unbanked rate since rates have been recorded. This is great news, but it still means the unbanked population roughly matches the size of Australia. What financial hurdles must this population overcome to achieve stability, and why are rates dropping among all groups of people of color except one? More

Lillian M. Ortiz

Using Business as a Force For Good
Lillian M. Ortiz, Shelterforce
If all companies behaved like B Corps, over 12 million more Americans would be earning a living wage. Many companies are, and they're doing just fine. Here's how. More

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Interfaith Worker Justice

Murtaza Baxamusa
Sol Price School of Public Policy, USC

Housing Assistance Council

Michael Bodaken
National Housing Trust

Raphael Bostic
USC Price School of Public Policy

Janis Bowdler
JPMorgan Chase & Co.

HOPE Credit Union

Burlington Associates

Gamaliel Foundation

Jamaal Green
Portland State University

Texas Low Income Housing Information Service

Lisa Hodges
Hodges Development, LLC

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National CAPACD

Rick Jacobus
Street Level Advisors

Daniel Kravetz
Freelance Writer


Center for Community Progress

Alexandra Moffett-Bateau
City University of New York

Tulane University

Habitat for Humanity

National Urban League


Center on Budget and Policy Priorities  


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Land Trust

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Publisher, Harold Simon

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