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Housing Wire: 2021 HW Woman of Influence: Marisa Calderon

Housing Wire, August 2, 2021, 2021 HW Woman of Influence: Marisa Calderon

Marisa Calderon has dedicated her career to being a champion for increasing affordable homeownership and bridging the nation’s racial wealth gap in the Black and Latino communities. In September 2020, Calderon took on her new roles at the National Community Reinvestment Coalition. As the first Latina executive to head the NCRC Community Development Fund, Calderon works to provide loan capital that expands access to affordable homeownership and helps Black-, Brown-, and woman-owned businesses thrive.

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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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