THE COST OF LIVING: A Town Hall about Housing and Economic Justice

Brian Tate | April 19, 2023

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Why is economic justice crucial to the work of building affordable housing? How are leaders in this field working to advance housing stability, economic opportunity, and community empowerment in the face of historic inequality? What can we learn from their experiences about strengthening and enlivening our own neighborhoods and communities across the United States?

THE COST OF LIVING: A Town Hall about Housing and Economic Justice.
Join us online on Wednesday, April 26, 6:00-7:30 pm ET

With Mark Crain, Alana Greer, Angie Liou, Barika X. Williams, and Mel Willie (Navajo). Moderated by Annetta Seecharran. Opening performance by Mahogany L. Browne.


Annetta Seecharran, Executive Director, Chhaya CDC

Mark Crain, Executive Director, Dream of Detroit

Alana Greer, Director & Co-Founder, Community Justice Project

Angie Liou, Executive Director, Asian Community Development Corporation

Barika X. Williams, Executive Director, Association for Neighborhood & Housing Development (ANHD)

Mel Willie (Navajo), Director of Native Strategy and Partnerships, NeighborWorks America

Opening Performance
Mahogany L. Browne, Inaugural Poet-in-Residence, Lincoln Center; Executive Director; JustMedia; Artistic Director, Urban Word NYC



Annetta Seecharran: A Year After Hurricane Ida Flooding, Families in Hotels and Basement Protections in Limbo – The City

Mark Crain: Can This Muslim Community Create a Model for Rebuilding Detroit? – The Nation

Alana Greer: Housing and Local Solutions: Elevating What Works – Stanford Social Innovation Review (SSIR)

Angie Liou: In a first for Chinatown, nonprofit buys privately owned building to avert tenants’ displacement – WGBH

Barika X. Williams: In a ‘City of Yes,’ We Can’t Say No to Land Use Equity – Gotham Gazette

Mel Willie (Navajo): What Are The Barriers To Native American Homeownership? – Forbes 

Mahogany L. Browne: “We Write a World Around Those Moments”: A Q&A with Mahogany L. Browne, Shapiro-Silverberg Distinguished Writer in Residence – The Weslyan Connection



CLOSE TO HOME: Town Halls on Housing Equality (Wednesdays, April 26-May 24) is a five-part digital summit with frontline thinkers and doers from across New York City and around the country. Each week, we will gather with frontline thinkers and doers to examine the core topic through a specific lens: housing and economic justice, food sovereignty and security, homelessness and community, cultural displacement, and media narratives about housing.

Join us online on Wednesdays, 6:00-7:30 p.m. ET, from April 26-May 24.

Presented by The WNET Group, home to THIRTEEN, America’s flagship PBS station.

Curated by Brian Tate.
Program management by Jasmine Wilson.

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