Sara Oros

Program Coordinator, Fair Housing/Fair Lending

soros@ncrc.org 202-393-8308

Sara Oros is the Fair Housing/Fair Lending Program Coordinator for Race, Wealth and Community at NCRC. Sara attended Gannon University in Erie, Pennsylvania, where she graduated magna cum laude with a degree in Political Science and a focus in business administration. Prior to this role, she was a communications and development intern. She has also previously interned at the United Way of Erie County, where she worked on marketing and communications strategies for student success in the Erie community. She is passionate about economic justice and a huge supporter of fair trade coffee production.

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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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