Symposium: Resilience amid Crisis: Preserving and Rebuilding Homeownership and Wealth in Communities of Color (HO936)
Sustainable Homeownership as a strategy to build wealth and ensure the financial health of ALL communities, continues to be a national challenge. This is particularly the case in communities of color, where social constructs along with equity and inclusion concerns create further barriers to opportunity. Additionally, the COVID-19 pandemic, as well as recent natural disasters, are negatively impacting the financial stability of many Americans, and ethnic minorities are disproportionately affected. In order to effectively tackle these challenges, a deeper understanding of the underlying issues that contribute to disparities—and what resources must be activated in order to address them—is required.
On Wednesday, August 19, 2020, NeighborWorks America will host a national symposium with housing and community development practitioners, policy makers and academics to take a deep dive into the myriad current issues surrounding affordable homeownership, particularly among communities of color. During this action-packed day, we will move participants beyond simple conversation to developing actionable strategies and tactics to help reduce homeownership and wealth gaps in these communities.
Attendees will hear from and engage with industry experts, community leaders, and stakeholder partners on a variety of hot topics. Discussion and breakout sessions will address everything from financial support for consumers to equity and inclusion implications for outreach and marketing, to program design and technology integration. Equipped with information from these in-depth discussions, participants will have the opportunity to begin to create their own agency roadmap, which they will build upon throughout the day and have available for immediate implementation.