Ibijoke Akinbowale

Director, Housing Counseling Network
iakinbowale@ncrc.org  202-383-7702

Ibijoke Akinbowale is a dedicated advocate for protecting civil liberties directly impacting vulnerable citizens. She has spent several years conducting testing investigations in the Greater Philadelphia area and housing homeless residents in the District of Columbia. Her current responsibilities include providing assistance on the development of strong and successful housing counseling programs, foreclosure programs, homeownership, financial literacy and post purchase programs.

Ibijoke is an MPP candidate at George Mason University and has obtained her bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Cheyney University of Pennsylvania.
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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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