This event on June 1, 2022 explored how housing impacts wealth (and vice versa) and approaches to address historical inequities and support a more secure future.


The legacies of redlining and other federal policy choices of land and wealth extraction continue to manifest in racial wealth gaps, unequal access to housing, discrimination in financing, and laws that privilege homeownership over renting. These inequities are magnified in a high-cost housing market such as ours.

Join us virtually to learn from and with national scholars and local practitioners and stakeholders working for safe and secure housing and economic justice for all. Featured speaker Dr. Andre M. Perry will share his research on the devaluation of Black assets, including homes, and identify policy changes that would make wealth-building more equitable.

Additional topics we will be covering include:

  • past and current policy choices that contribute to inequities in wealth and in access to safe and secure housing
  • how systems interact to support or undermine access to wealth and to safe and secure housing for homeowners and renters, including the role of credit and debt
  • local efforts to increase and support Black homeownership, land stewardship, and community-led wealth and housing strategies

9:00-9:15am Welcome:  Jennie Romich, West Coast Poverty Center

9:15-9:40m The Wealth Connection: Financial Systems and Housing Policy: Nikitra Bailey, National Fair Housing Alliance

9:40-10:05am Systems Impact: How the Legal System and Housing Stability Intersect: Mary Pattillo, Northwestern University

10:05-11:05am Panel Discussion: Increasing Access to Safe and Secure Housing for Renters in our Region:

  • Andra Kranzler, Tenant Law Center
  • Sandhya Nakhasi, Community Credit Lab
  • Kathryn Reynolds, Urban Institute
  • Edmund Witter, Housing Justice Project
  • Moderator: Karin Martin, University of Washington

11:05-11:30am Break / Lunch

11:30am-12:05pm Keynote – Andre Perry (Brookings Metro): Devaluing Black Assets: Implications for Homeownership and Wealth Divides

12:05-12:55pm Panel Discussion: Exploring Pathways to Black Homeownership, Wealth Inequity, and Community-Building

  • Aaron Garcia, White Center Community Development Association
  • Patience Malaba, Housing Development Consortium
  • Andre Perry, Brookings Metro
  • Darryl Smith, HomeSight
  • Moderator: Michelle Merriweather, Urban League of Metropolitan Seattle

12:55-1:00pm Wrap-up

This event is presented in partnership with the West Coast Poverty Center and Civic Commons.

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