Bethany Sanchez

Position: NCRC Vice Chairperson

Fair Housing Director, Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council, Milwaukee, WI

Bethany Sanchez directs the Fair Lending Program at the Metropolitan Milwaukee Fair Housing Council, a 40-year old private nonprofit civil rights organization. Bethany has over 30 years of experience working in the housing and community development sector in California and Wisconsin. Early in her career, she ran a nonprofit home repair program and then developed affordable housing. She now develops and operates programs to combat predatory lending and foreclosure, working to ensure that every credit-worthy borrower has equal access to fairly priced credit. Bethany partners with local, state and national groups to create programs and policies to promote fair and affordable housing and equitable community development. She is the immediate past chair of NCRC’s board of directors, and is an active leader in Milwaukee’s homeownership consortium called Take Root Milwaukee, the Wisconsin Affordable Housing Coalition, the Alliance for Economic Inclusion, the Wisconsin Consumer Roundtable.

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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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