Facing History to Advance Housing Justice (Village of Arts & Humanities)


October 28, 2020
9:00 - 10:00 am PT / 12:00 - 1:00 pm ET

The United States is facing an escalating affordable housing and homelessness crisis unseen since the Great Depression. No longer limited to wealthy urban communities, housing costs have soared in urban, suburban, and even rural places hitting people of color hardest. For the 100 million Americans -- especially people of color, living at or below 200 percent of the poverty level -- housing costs and homelessness pose one of the most fundamental threats to our ability to thrive as a nation. Many factors have contributed to the root causes of the current state of housing, including racially-biased government policies, systems, and structures; predatory capital practices and speculative markets; land and building costs; and extreme income inequality have all played a role in creating the affordability crisis we are experiencing today. To fix this, targeted strategies that weave together local, state, and federal action, must address historic and ongoing racialized inequities that limits opportunity for people of color and results in a disparate number falling into homelessness.

This webinar features housing advocates working at the local, state, and national levels and discussing new research and policy recommendations for advancing housing justice.

Featured Speakers:

  • James Crowder, PolicyLink (moderator)
  • Philadelphia City Councilmember Helen Gym 
  • Aviva Kapust, The Village of Arts and Humanities
  • Christina Livingston, Alliance of Californians for Community Empowerment.
  • Tara Raghuveer, People's Action Institute