Will Gonzalez

Will Gonzalez

Position: NCRC Board

Ceiba- Executive Director

Will Gonzalez, Esq. is the Executive Director of Ceiba, a Latino community based organization in Philadelphia. Ceiba is the backbone to the Latino Equitable Development Collective (Ceiba-LEDC).

Will has over 40 years of experience working on the housing, economic, and civil rights of low-to-moderate income families, people who are Limited English Proficient, and immigrants. He has received numerous awards for his work including the Lifetime Achievement Award from The Legal Intelligencer (PA’s premier legal publication). The Philadelphia Foundation’s Williams Award for Organizational Excellence and The Community Change Award from the Bread & Roses Community Fund recognized his leadership of nonprofits.

Will grew up in Puerto Rico, has a BS in Economics from Lehigh University and a JD from Rutgers University.

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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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