Community-based Assessments of Vulnerabilities and Building Resilience
Explore the interaction and intersection between housing policy, environmental disparity, and climate resilience. Examples of recent work in Richmond and New York will serve as case studies to better understand how communities are impacted by environmental issues and effective strategies they can implement to overcome negative impacts.
with Jeremy Hoffman, The Science Museum of Virginia, and Aurash Khwarzad, Upper Manhattan Project
Community engagement enables a deeper understanding of community members experiences within the spaces they occupy. Both the processes and outcomes of this engagement have the ability to shape the various systems that work to ensure that individuals and families have access to opportunity. Working to make a collective impact within these systems in order to help the most vulnerable requires a thoughtful and intentional public engagement.
National data has shined a light on an eviction crisis in Virginia that some have said was “hidden in plain sight” for years. Five of Virginia's largest cities, and three of its mid-sized cities, have some of the highest eviction rates in the country. This session will provide background on the underlying cause of the eviction epidemic and case studies of how various communities are working to ensure rental housing stability.
with Kathryn Howell, Virginia Commonwealth University, Elora Lee Raymond, Georgia Institute of Technology, and Lavar Edmonds, Princeton University
Gentrification is the processes in which higher income or higher status people relocate to, or invest in, low income, urban neighborhoods; neighborhoods that have been historically disinvested. This session will discuss the underlying causes of gentrification - historic, systemic housing discrimination and racial wealth inequality and its impacts beyond displacement. We will also provide community based and public policy solutions to ensure neighborhoods remain affordable, socially intact, vibrant, healthy, and diverse.
with Ben Teresa, Virginia Commonwealth University, and Stacey Sutton, University of Illinois at Chicago
The Lens We Wear: Discovering Opportunities in Bias
This interactive session will guide participants in developing a deeper understanding of how their own identities help to construct and inform their biases. Through a variety of activities, participants will be challenged to distinguish and make connections between social structures and their personal identities in order to better understand one's place, agency, and access in our world.
sponsored by the Virginia Fair Housing Office
This interactive training focuses on working with the LGBTQ+ community. Participants learn basic understanding of LGBTQ+ identities, housing information, as well as best practices for supporting LGBTQ+ persons in the community.
with Lacette Cross, Director of Volunteers & Outreach, SideBySide
Mobilizing Civic Infrastructure Through Urban Greening
This session will examine how urban greening initiatives can promote the built environment and serve as a vehicle to build community and increase local civic capacity. Speakers will discuss the importance of cross-sector partnerships, philanthropy and resident leadership in creating community-based and culturally relevant greenspaces.
with Duron Chavis, Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden, and Meghan Gough, Virginia Commonwealth University
Philanthropy's Role in Advancing Racial Equity
The philanthropic community can play an integral role in advancing racial equality. This session will focus on the various ways in which philanthropic organizations can invest in their communities to overcome historic disinvestment, create wealth generating opportunities, and work to close the racial wealth gap.
with Michael Smith, Richmond Memorial Health Foundation, and Fred G. Karnas, Senior Fellow, The Kresge Foundation, and Tamara Copeland, Washington Regional Association of Grant Makers
Reasonable Accommodations and Fair Housing Rights for Persons with Disabilities
This session will provide insight into the extra protections for persons with disabilities awarded under the state and federal fair housing laws: reasonable accommodations, modifications, and design and construction accessibility standards. The presentation will illustrate the difficulties present in finding accessible housing for individuals with disabilities and what housing discrimination might look like at various stages in the rental process. Goals of the presentation are for consumers to be empowered by knowing their rights.
with Kelly Hickok,Community Services Manager, Resources for Independent Living and Beth Argent, Accessibility Advocate, Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia
Source of Income Discrimination
In searching for a place to live, many households face discrimination by landlords who are unwilling to rent to housing choice voucher holders. As a result, many states and localities have adopted laws prohibiting housing discrimination based on source of income. This session will provide multiple perspectives on the issue in Virginia, from the data, to difficulties in finding quality housing, to the legislative push to enact protections.
with Alex Guzman, Director of Fair Housing, Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia, and Noire Turton
Accessible, affordable transportation is a critical community asset. Low-income residents disproportionately rely upon public transportation to access jobs, educational opportunities, and health care. This session will discuss the critical role that transit access plays in social and racial equality, provide analysis of existing systems, and discuss best practices.
with Ross Catrow, RVA Rapid Transit, Fabrizio Fazulo, Center for Urban and Regional Analysis - Virginia Commonwealth University, and Alex Baca, Greater Greater Washington
Organizer Track – Morning and Afternoon Sessions