Jasmine Brewer

Program Manager, Financial Equality Center and Housing Counseling Network
jbrewer@ncrc.org 202-628-8866

Jasmine Brewer brings nearly 15 years of experience working in the field of community and economic development having worked with communities addressing affordable housing needs for both rental and homeownership while managing the foreclosure crisis in one of the hardest hit regions of the county in the Midwest. Prior to joining NCRC’s Community Development department in 2015, Jasmine served as Director of Housing Counseling with Open Communities helping families avoid foreclosure and stabilize into affordable home loans which was a direct result of negotiating with local and national lenders. In this role, she led local and regional committees geared towards addressing affordable homeownership needs in the state of Illinois. In 2017, Jasmine transitioned to work with NCRC Development Corp (NCRC’s housing rehab fund arm) as the Consumer Relations Manager to oversee community partnerships and collaborate with local housing counseling agencies to connect their clients with GROWTH homes. Jasmine’s experience working in fair housing, fair lending/predatory lending, housing counseling (both pre-purchase and foreclosure prevention counseling) and grant writing skills will bring additional expertise to the HCN team. Jasmine has her M.A. in Urban Planning & Policy with a concentration in Community and Economic Development from the University of Illinois at Chicago.

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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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