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West Coast Poverty Center

Our 2022 Poverty Summit will explore how housing impacts wealth (and vice versa) and consider 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 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.

– Jennie Romich, WCPC  
9:15-9:40mThe Wealth Connection: Financial Systems and Housing Policy
– Nikitra Bailey, National Fair Housing Alliance  
Moderator: Annette Case, Puget Sound Asset Funders Network
9:40-10:05amSystems Impact: How the Legal System and Housing Stability Intersect
– Mary Pattillo, Northwestern University  
Moderator: Annette Case, Puget Sound Asset Funders Network
10:05-11:05amPanel 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
– Will Toaspern, Solid Ground & Stay Housed, Stay Healthy Coalition
– Edmund Witter, Housing Justice Project
Moderator: Karin Martin, University of Washington  
11:25am-12:05pmKeynote – Devaluing Black Assets: Implications for Homeownership and Wealth Divides  
– Andre Perry (Brookings Metro)
12:05-12:55pmPanel Discussion: Exploring Pathways to Black Homeownership, Wealth Equity, 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