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West Coast Poverty Center to host summit on housing equity

Published on May 12, 2022

Aerial image of the Central District of Seattle looking east
One goal of the Black Arts Legacies project is to highlight people whose stories tell a story about the ongoing gentrification of the historically Black Central District neighborhood Image Credit: Joe Wolf (CC BY-ND 2.0)

With support from sponsors including Urban@UW, the West Coast Poverty Center will host its annual summit on June 1st. This year the topics will revolve around housing equity.

The legacies of redlining and other federal policy choices of land and wealth extraction continue to manifest in racial wealth gaps, unequal access to housing, discrimination in financing, and laws that privilege homeownership over renting. These inequities are magnified in a high-cost housing market such as ours.

Join virtually to learn from and with national scholars and local practitioners and stakeholders working for safe and secure housing and economic justice for all. Featured speaker Dr. Andre M. Perry will share his research on the devaluation of Black assets, including homes, and identify policy changes that would make wealth-building more equitable.

Other topics include:

  • Past and current policy choices that contribute to inequities in wealth and in access to safe and secure housing
  • How systems interact to support or undermine access to wealth and to safe and secure housing for homeowners and renters, including the role of credit and debt
  • Emerging policy ideas to improve the landscape for renters
  • Local efforts to increase and support Black homeownership, land stewardship, and community-led wealth and housing strategies.

For more information and registration, see the event page. 

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