Ibijoke Akinbowale

Director, Community Impact
iakinbowale@ncrc.org  202-383-7702

Ms. Akinbowale leads NCRC’s role as a National HUD Approved Housing Counseling Intermediary and its partnerships with regional and local housing counseling affiliates. NCRC is an association of more than 600 community-based organizations that promote access to basic banking services, affordable housing, entrepreneurship, job creation and vibrant communities for America’s working families. Ibijoke is instrumental in the development of the organization’s housing policies and champions NCRC’s housing counseling advocacy efforts amongst lawmakers.

Prior to joining NCRC, Ibijoke worked with local non-profit organizations to support the District of Columbia’s strategic plan to end homelessness. Additionally, she conducted fair housing testing investigations in Greater Philadelphia and Southern New Jersey. Her investigations were included in the Housing Discrimination Study 2012 published by the Urban Institute. Ms. Akinbowale is a member of numerous boards and community based groups, including the National Housing Resource Center, the Coalition of HUD Intermediaries and as a liaison to the District of Columbia’s Office of Human Rights. Throughout her career, Ibijoke has provided key leadership in the housing community.

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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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