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Aspen Institute: Building Housing Security During COVID-19 and Beyond

January 12, 1:00 pm EST - 2:30 pm EST

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Housing leaders across the country have the tools and knowledge necessary to expand access to stable, safe, affordable housing in their communities. Everyone has a role to play, and the Aspen Institute Financial Security Program has compiled, for the first time, a guidebook of solutions for all housing stakeholders, from policymakers and community residents to business leaders, financial institutions, and philanthropy – prioritizing examples that have worked from communities around the country.

Join the Aspen Institute on January 12th, 2021 at 1 p.m. EST for a presentation of the solutions and a discussion of what we do next.

Attendees will benefit from the discussion which features:

  • The macro-economic trends and policy environment which have resulted in widespread housing unaffordability in communities across America
  • The role that investing in housing and equitable housing policies can play in economic recovery – locally and nationally
  • The elements of successful multi-sector housing reform initiatives, as evidenced by models around the country

Those who register will receive a link to the forthcoming paper “Strong Foundations: Housing Security Solutions Framework,” which compiles solutions from around the country and helps leaders prioritize which housing problems to address and identify the solutions that can solve them and ensure that people’s housing provides the foundation of their financial well-being. Financial security starts with affordable, stable housing.



  • Lucy Arellano BaglieriChief Strategy Officer, Low Income Investment Fund (LIIF)
  • Andy Berke, Mayor, Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Jerusalem Demsas, Politics and Policy Fellow, Vox
  • Katherine Lucas McKay, Senior Program Manager, Expanding Prosperity Impact Collaborative, Aspen Institute Financial Security Program
  • Ida Rademacher, Vice President, Aspen Institute, Executive Director, Aspen Institute Financial Security Program
  • Tim Shaw, Senior Policy Manager, Aspen Institute Financial Security Program
  • Daryl ShoreVP, Inclusive Solutions, Prudential Financial, Inc. Inclusive Communities 


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January 12
1:00 pm EST - 2:30 pm EST
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Redlining and Neighborhood Health

Before the pandemic devastated minority communities, banks and government officials starved them of capital.

Lower-income and minority neighborhoods that were intentionally cut off from lending and investment decades ago today suffer not only from reduced wealth and greater poverty, but from lower life expectancy and higher prevalence of chronic diseases that are risk factors for poor outcomes from COVID-19, a new study shows.

The new study, from the National Community Reinvestment Coalition (NCRC) with researchers from the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee Joseph J. Zilber School of Public Health and the University of Richmond’s Digital Scholarship Lab, compared 1930’s maps of government-sanctioned lending discrimination zones with current census and public health data.

Table of Content

  • Executive Summary
  • Introduction
  • Redlining, the HOLC Maps and Segregation
  • Segregation, Public Health and COVID-19
  • Methods
  • Results
  • Discussion
  • Conclusion and Policy Recommendations
  • Citations
  • Appendix

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