Irvin Henderson

Position: NCRC Vice Chairperson

Trustee, National Trust for Historic Preservation, Henderson, NC

Irvin M. Henderson is the principal of Henderson & Company, a consulting firm and development company with particular expertise in the areas of community development and historic preservation, and commercial, residential and enterprise development. Irvin has an extensive track record in downtown revitalization, multifamily development and commercial development for urban core infill. He is the former president and CEO of Henderson Financial Services and the former CEO of Gateway Community Development Corporation. Irvin is chair of the National Trust Community Investment Corporation, a trustee of the CRA Fund, a trustee emeritus of the National Trust for Historic Preservation,

past chair and current executive committee member of the National Community Reinvestment Coalition, audit chair of the National Main Street Center and board member of an Iowa CDE. He is currently developing commercial historic properties in Chicago, Pittsburgh, Edenton, NC and Puerto Rico. Recently completed projects include apartments, a factory and a multipurpose facility.

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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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