Ibijoke Akinbowale named director of NCRC Housing Counseling Network

Ibijoke Akinbowale has been appointed director of the NCRC Housing Counseling Network. She started at NCRC as a regional coordinator in 2015. Since then she has managed federal grants, developed and created curriculum for housing counselors, led and advised the network’s policy experts, training instructors and contributed to a multi-million dollar fundraising effort for the network.

The NCRC Housing Counseling Network is a HUD-approved national housing counseling organization made up of more than 50 housing counseling agencies across the nation. For applications to join the network email hcn@ncrc.org.

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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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