HOME’s 50th Anniversary
Housing Opportunities Made Equal of Virginia (HOME of VA) was founded in September of 1971 by a group of passionate citizens to fight housing discrimination and enforce the Fair Housing Act. For the next 50 years we continued to defend the rights of individuals across the Commonwealth of Virginia by tackling systemically divisive housing practices through fair housing enforcement, research, advocacy, and statewide policy work.
Now it is time to celebrate half a century of transformative work as we renew our commitment to ensuring access to fair housing for ALL people.
50 Years of Fair Housing at the Black History Museum and Cultural Center of Virginia
50 Years of Fair Housing explores and celebrates HOME’s commitment to equal access to housing for all Virginians. Exhibit open now until April 15 2022.
50th Anniversary Celebration
Celebrate HOME of VA at the Main Street Train Station for an evening to commemorate the individuals and organizations that contributed to HOME’s success over the past fifty years.
Beyond the Dream: Virginia’s Fair Housing Summit
Postponed from fall 2021, the Fair Housing Summit aims to empower scholars, government officials, housing professionals, and friends of fair housing to discuss legislative, administrative, and social issues that affect equal access to housing in Virginia.
Keynote Address by Dr. André Perry
Andre M. Perry is a Senior Fellow with the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program, a scholar-in-residence at American University, and a columnist for the Hechinger Report. Perry is the author of the new book “Know Your Price: Valuing Black Lives and Property in America’s Black Cities.” Perry’s research focuses on race and structural inequality, education, and economic inclusion. Perry’s recent scholarship at Brookings has analyzed Black-majority cities and institutions in America, focusing on valuable assets worthy of increased investment.
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Sponsor HOME’s 50th Anniversary Celebrations
Businesses and organizations committed to equity across Virginia are encouraged to join our fight for fair housing. Contact Mary Beth Yates, Director of Development to learn more.
Sponsorship Benefits Include:
- Tickets to the 50th Anniversary Celebration, Beyond the Dream, and 50 Years of Fair Housing
- Brand alignment with Virginia’s leader in fair housing and housing counseling services
- Exclusive advertising opportunities
Fair Housing Focus
Keynote: History of the Homeownership Gap
Virginia Poverty Law Center’s staff attorney and Director of Housing Advocacy, Christie Marra, breaks down the many historical factors that contributed to the widening gap between white and Black homeowners, such as, redlining, urban renewal, the foreclosure crisis, and mortgage denial disparities.
Presentation of Richmond’s Regional Analysis of Impediments
In 2020, 6 jurisdictions (City of Richmond, Henrico County, Chesterfield County, Colonial Heights, the city of Hopewell, and the city of Petersburg) in the Richmond MSA came together to examine structural and historical barriers to fair housing choice and access to opportunity for members of historically marginalized groups protected from discrimination by the Fair Housing Act. This session discusses the findings of this research and community engagement efforts as well as recommendations for addressing impediments to fair housing choice.
Fair Housing Challenges in Real Estate
The Homeownership gap between white homeowners and Black homeowners is the widest it’s been since the passing of the Fair Housing Act. Shivaughn Ferguson, HOME’s Director of Fair Housing, visits this gap through the lens of Fair Housing. Shivaughn identifies studies and cases pointing to the unspoken prevalence of discrimination in sales transactions, as well as the manner in which discrimination is occurring. Shivaughn speaks to traditional discrimination and also discusses how discrimination may be occurring in a pandemic affected housing market.