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Rethinking Fintech and Housing Counseling to Close the Racial Wealth Gap

March 24, 2:00 pm EDT - 3:00 pm EDT

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Join NCRC’s Director of Racial Economic Equity Joshua Devine and other leading voices from the housing sector and beyond on March 24 for a webinar featuring Breakthrough Challenge grantee Center for NYC Neighborhoods and their winning idea, Underwriting for Good.

Together in dialogue, we’ll delve into the research, policies and practices that inform and drive each of these six innovations in their respective communities and nationwide.

The third in our six-part Housing Innovations series, this webinar will feature Breakthrough Challenge grantee Center for NYC Neighborhoods and their winning idea, Underwriting for Good. (https://housingbreakthrough.org/grantees/center-nyc-neighborhoods)

Homeownership has an important role to play in decreasing the racial wealth gap. Panelists in this webinar will identify and discuss efforts to dismantle inequities in the current underwriting system, and explore how Underwriting for Good, the winning breakthrough idea under development by the Center, is among a growing number of innovations seeking to create equity and access. As we pull back the curtain on how to disrupt existing barriers to homeownership, we will learn how Underwriting for Good will play a role in creating an equitable path forward by reimagining technology and institutions.


• Joshua Devine, Director of Racial Economic Equity, National Community Reinvestment Coalition
• Joseph Sant, Deputy General Counsel, Center for NYC Neighborhoods
• Chi Chi Wu, Attorney, National Consumer Law Center
• Joe Weisbord (moderator), JRW Strategies and Center for NYC Neighborhoods Board Member
• Rod McGinniss, Homeownership Preservation Foundation, GreenPath Financial Wellness

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March 24
2:00 pm EDT - 3:00 pm EDT
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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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