This presentation explores the connection between zip codes and the forecast for life outcomes. People who live in high opportunity areas tend to have access to better education, jobs and healthcare, while those who live in underserved areas make less money, have shorter lifespans, and are more likely to suffer from substance abuse, disease, and higher incarceration rates during their lifetimes. By identifying and addressing these disparities, fair housing helps to build more diverse, vibrant communities, where everyone has the chance to thrive.
Fair Housing is as much about policy and legal action as it is about anything else. This panel features legal voices working on the front lines of this conversation, working to resolve disputes over everything from public nuisance ordinances to policy and legislative updates.
While the challenges of people seeking fair housing solutions are as diverse as they are, there are some common themes that fair housing organizations are addressing across the state. Recognized and experienced fair housing leaders will discuss these themes and trends, and how they are combating them.
This is an opportunity to explore how each of us, particularly business owners and leaders, have an ownership stake in the fair housing conversation. Companies are increasingly seeking to be good community citizens, and community development and preservation is an integral part of the work of creating a vibrant and diverse city, and workforce.
At its core, fair housing is about creating belonging – in a home, in a community, and in a city. Dr. Terrell Strayhorn is an acclaimed researcher, writer, and presenter around belonging as a key component to success. His talk will “zoom us out” from thinking about fair housing as only an issue of home ownership, and will help us understand it as something we are all stakeholders in and guardians of.
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