HOW DO WE CLOSE THE RACIAL GAP IN HOMEOWNERSHIP?
MONDAY, AUGUST 30TH 2-4P.M. AS PART OF OUR ANNUAL HOME MATTERS CONFERENCE
Closing the Gap is the first major program of the Florida Housing Coalition’s Center for Racial Equity, through which the Coalition will partner with a community for two years to develop and implement strategies to close the racial gap in homeownership. As this issue touches every community throughout the state, this forum will model how practitioners and stakeholders can begin to frame and address this issue at the local level. These local efforts, taken together, will work to close Florida’s racial gap in homeownership. This forum will include an opening panel discussion where experts will discuss data and solutions from a national perspective. This panel will be followed by breakout sessions, seeking to answer questions and draw out potential solutions and strategies to be shared at the conclusion.
COUNSELING & EDUCATION: 1) What are the most effective means of reaching young buyers? 2) How can local governments, counselors, real estate professionals, and community groups all work together and support each other in outreach efforts?
FINANCING HOMEOWNERSHIP: 1) How can a local lending community work together to increase black homeownership? 2) How can purchase assistance programs be structured to target black homebuyers? 3) How can we provide financing to developers that can result in affordable homeownership opportunities?
INTERROGATING THE DATA: 1) What data sources can help stakeholders understand how the gap developed and the current the barriers to homeownership? 2) How can community voices help interpret the data and craft more effective solutions?
LAND USE & DESIGN: 1) What makes an affordable entry-level home; 2) How can planners and elected officials set up a land use and regulatory environment that promotes entry-level homes in both urban and suburban/rural contexts?
SUSTAINING & PRESERVING HOMEOWNERSHIP: 1) How can we effectively prepare households for homeownership? 2) How can programs, such as community land trusts, create pathways to homeownership and preserve wealth? 3) How can addressing issues such as heirs property both facilitate generational transfer of wealth for individual families and address property valuation issues in majority-black, low-income communities? 4) How can resources for rehabilitation preserve homeownership?