December 3, 2018

The Regional Affordable and Fair Housing Roundtable Convenes Full-Day Summit

Regional Affordable and Fair Housing Roundtable

On November 27, our New York office, in partnership with the Fair Housing Justice Center (FHJC), co-convened the Regional Affordable and Fair Housing Summit. The full day event brought together nearly 400 stakeholders from affordable housing, fair housing, disability rights, community development, education, faith-based, and for-and nonprofit organizations. The summit previewed policy recommendations outlined in “Closing the Divide: Creating Equitable, Inclusive and Affordable Communities,” a draft policy platform developed by the Regional Affordable and Fair Housing Roundtable.

The roundtable launched in October 2017, bringing together nearly 30 affordable housing, community development and fair housing for- and nonprofit organizations. Enterprise and FHJC recognized the importance of bringing together stakeholders representing both affordable and fair housing to educate stakeholders on issues of shared concern, build trust, and foster cross-sector collaboration. The goal of the roundtable was to collaboratively develop a shared policy agenda that would reflect both sectors.

Throughout the summit, three panel discussions featuring members of the roundtable highlighted several of the policy priorities outlined in the platform. The first panel highlighted the importance of removing exclusionary zoning and other land use barriers to promote accessible, integrated, and affordable housing. The second panel discussion focused on improving tenant protections across the region. The final panel dealt with maximizing density to promote affordable multifamily housing across the region.

The summit also featured designing the WE’s Undesign the Redline exhibit and an outstanding keynote address by Isabel Wilkerson, author of The Warmth of Other Suns. Wilkerson discussed the many ways in which the great migration shaped American cities in the north and south, and the historic and contemporary barriers that African-American families face in the pursuit of full participation in society and building wealth. 

Enterprise would like to thank our co-convener, FHJC, under the leadership of executive director Fred Freiberg, members of the Regional Affordable and Fair Housing Roundtable, our facilitator Bennet Brooks of the Census Building Institute, and all attendees for making the Regional Affordable and Fair Housing Summit an enormous success. Enterprise would also like to thank our sponsor, JPMorgan Chase, whose support made this event possible. 

Closing the Divide: Creating Equitable, Inclusive, And Affordable Communities, will debut in January 2019.

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