As important as homeownership, business ownership, and higher education are—and make no mistake, we should not accept racial disparities in any of those things—we must go beyond simply promoting more of each if we want to make a difference in the racial wealth gap.Read Full Article
Anne Price, Insight Center for Community Economic Development
James A. Parsons made significant contributions to the nation, yet he was blocked from generating wealth to pass down to his family. Anne Price shares her relative's story, and why solutions to address racial wealth inequality have fallen short.Read Full Article
Video: Rethinking the Racial Wealth Gap with Anne Price
Miriam Axel-Lute and Anne Price launch Shelterforce's Racial Wealth Gap series by talking about what typical conversations about closing the racial wealth gap often miss and the dangers of over-emphasizing more homeownership as a solution. Watch Full Video
Thursday, March 3, 2 p.m. ET and Tuesday, March 15, 2 p.m. ET LIHTC & Racial Equity: Developing an Equity Scorecard of QAPs | The BlueGreen Alliance Foundation is in the process of developing a ‘QAP scorecard’ to strengthen standards within the nation’s largest affordable housing program—the Low-Income Housing Tax Credit. Join Miriam Zuk, of Ground Works Consulting, to learn more about the intersection of racial equity and LIHTC and provide input into the development of scoring criteria. Registerhere.
The Housing Solutions Lab is now accepting applications from local housing policy officials and stakeholders in cities of 50,000 – 500,000 residents. Participants will have access to an ongoing national community of support, timely and practical data and policy resources, and information from housing experts to help them pursue equitable, evidence-based housing policies. Applications are due by Feb. 25. Learn more and apply here.
Urban Design Forum and The Architectural League are launching a fellowship program to empower voices to challenge the ways we understand, design, and develop our cities. The fellowship will support the development of five critics from underrepresented backgrounds through guest lectures and workshops, research guidance, mentorship opportunities, networking, and production of new critical projects in Urban Omnibus and other leading publications. Applications are due March 22. Learn more and applyhere.
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Richard Bottoms: Jim Crow destroyed my father. Redlining made impossible for my mom to refinance the home we lived in after the divorce. Black people were left at the starting line of the race to the 21st Century. Black GI’s were screwed after WWII.Via Twitter
Keri-Nicole Dillman: Thank you for this wonderful article and your candor in it. I want to cheer this powerful and elegant use of personal narrative to make the realities of structural racism and its terrible impacts so accessible. I will absolutely . . .Read More
Howard Hecht: Thank you for this article. As someone with close to fifty years in the affordable housing field, mostly in New York City, your concerns are very much appreciated. I’ve always though a mandatory 80-20 program makes most sense, even if it is more . . .Read More
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